So, to sum up the Leastern playoffs:
No. 1 Washington is in a Game 7 tomorrow against lowly Montreal.
No. 2 New Jersey is out.
No. 3 Buffalo is out.
No. 4 Pittsburgh — which happens to be the defending Stanley Cup champion — is in the next round.
No. 9 Rangers are playing golf, and have been for weeks (I actually saw Vinny Prospal on a practice green last week).
In other words, pending Game 7, Pittsburgh could be the highest seed remaining in the next round, and the other conference semi could then feature the No. 6 (Boston) vs. No. 7 (Philly) teams, with No. 6 having home-ice.
Though I expect Washington to get it together and win Game 7 at home.
Tonight is Game 7 in the West, Detroit at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Even coming down the homestretch, everybody thought these were the two most interesting teams in the tournament, the Red Wings — the dynasty of the last two decades, and finalists in each of the last two years — the dangerous low-seed nobody wanted to face; the Desert Dogs the Cinderellas rising like a phoenix from the ashes, or Glendale, or more exactly out of nowhere. Let’s see how Versus messes this up.
A lot of you have asked about the links below the posts. Here’s the answer:
I have no idea. Nobody tells me anything.
I’m guessing we’re still trying — like everybody else — to figure out how to make enough money to stay afloat with our web product. But your guess is as good as mine at this point. And you’re making as much money off this as I am.
NOON UPDATE, 12 P.M. (duh): This from the NHL:
The Red Wings will be playing the 21st Game 7 in franchise history (12-8). The club is in quest of its first road victory in a Game 7 since a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to clinch their semifinal series on April 9, 1964. Owning home-ice advantage in the majority of the series they have contested in the intervening years, the Red Wings have traveled for a series-decider just twice since then, losing at Toronto in the 1964 Stanley Cup Final and at St. Louis in a 1991 first-round series. The Red Wings have played each of their last seven Game 7s at Joe Louis Arena, posting a 4-3 record.
Overall, 129 playoff series have gone to seven games since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939. The home team has won 80 (.620 percentage).