Doubt there would still be an NHL if they tried to stick to the original six, you need large markets to expand your exposure and grow the game, not to mention to provide future players. You never heard hockey mentioned let alone played on the west coast before the NHL expanded. Now you have players from California and Texas playing in the NHL. It is good for the game and the NHL's survival. I am not a Kings by any means, but they certainly did earn their cup last year. As an eight seed, they beat all of the higher seeds in the west and won the cup while never losing a road playoff game. Like them or dislike them, you have to give them credit for what they achieved. And they didn't dump their payroll the year after winning it like Chicago did a couple years back. Not a big Sharks fan either, but I was happy to see them sweep the cannucks. Still amazes me that these guy can beat the living s**t out of one another then shake hands after the series. The fans certainly couldn't do that. Win or lose, they would go out and riot.
That's just awesome. Wow. When I was younger [a million years ago it seems] my bro and I were having fights, I was for the Wings and he was for the Kings. He got punched very often, hey, I'm the oldest so.
During the Wings game they made an interesting point. The entire Cup Playoffs last year had 16 OTs and (before last night) already had 12 and now has 13 or 14 in only the first round....that's awesome to me. OT victories are the kind of games I want to see. Edge of your seat, scream at your tv, forget all other problems for a brief time and root for the team you love. Hockey!
^Yeah Matt, it has been intense this year, some great game thus far. Though I kind of wish that they would use the regular season format for overtime in the playoffs which would probably shorten the game times. Between hockey and baseball, it makes it difficult to find the time to squeeze in a movie at night.
I love multiple overtimes. Shootouts are great but are based on luck sometimes (of course regulation and ot goals are luck, too) but the point of Stanley Cup is team based and shootouts are individual.
I wouldn't want the shootout, just the 4 on 4 for overtime. It opens up the ice and makes the game so much faster. I remember the Ducks Wings series many years ago where a game went to triple overtime and that game took forever.
And it is stressful on the fans too! The smallest error could cost your team the game. You watch games like that and you are so pumped full of adrenaline by the time it ends. It's exhausting particularly if the team you are rooting for loses.