I can’t ever recall a first playoff round in which every series was tied 1-1 (and hence every one will be, or is, 2-1).
But the games have been sick so far. Great action. Hitting. Offensive chances. Good stuff — with the exception of some of the NHL’s replay-challenged broadcast partners and their inability to stay on the ice when there’s an altercation or something else happening on the ice while they’re in closeup of somebody else somewhere else.
If you’re paying attention to the playoffs to date, you are probably noticing more and more how far behind the top 16 teams (and more) the Rangers really are in terms of top-level talent.
I forgot to mention — and this makes me feel old — that yesterday was the 11th anniversary of one of my favorite hockey days ever. On April 18, 1999, The Great One called it a career and played his final game at MSG, and MSG did it absolutely right. MSG is really good at special hockey days and nights. The best, actually.
But I cannot believe TGO has been off skates for 11 years already!
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 12:25 P.M.: The three finalists for the Vezina Trophy (as voted by the league’s GMs) are Brodeur, Bryzgalov and, of course, Miller.