Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The best game you can name

ice hock-ey: (noun) a game played on ice between two teams of six skaters each, the object being to score goals by shooting a puck into the opponents' cage using a stick with a wooden blade set at an obtuse angle to the shaft.

As of Wednesday, April 9, it is officially spring - the Stanley Cup play-offs have begun!!! Oh joy oh joy oh joy!!! Glee!!! Happiness and wonderment and bliss!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

But this year it's a bit tough, as none of my teams actually made the play-offs. No Buffalo, no Tampa Bay, no Carolina, no Vancouver. Who is a girl to cheer for? Thankfully one of Montreal, San Jose and Pittsburgh should go pretty far and Detroit (who just can't seem to stop being so damn good) always has the potential to make things interesting. And I think, for reasons of spite mostly, I shall wear my Maple-Leaf-boycott colours with pride and cheer for les Habitants. Take that MLSE!

And there are so many questions: will Anaheim repeat? How will Ottawa do without Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher? Will Daniel Briere's knee hold up to help Philly actually prove they are more than just bullies? Will Martin Brodeur be able to regain/maintain his Cup-winning form? Will Joe Thornton lead San Jose to all that Cuppy goodness? Can Carey Price carry Montreal the same way he carried Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship? Does Calgary have another Cinderella run in them? Will I be able to win one of the three play-off pools I have entered? (Not likely, but I can dream!)

So excited. So pumped. So thrilled. So happy. It doesn't get any better than this!

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