|Playoffs Night One||Tweet|
|Written by Jim Gunther|
|Thursday, 12 April 2007 06:48|
The NHL playoff has officially arrived. All the excitement is brewing up to be something special. The action in last night’s games was fantastic. This is sure to be an incredible postseason with very few boring matchups.
While some critics praise Nashville coach Barry Trotz for developing him slowly, others question why Radulov was held back. Regardless of what you think, it is clear that Radulov does have talent. It appears in these playoffs that his role will be increased and he will be seeing much more ice time. Playing alongside Peter Forsberg will also help. Forsberg is a veteran who knows the game and knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. Forsberg plays very physical yet he displays great touch around the net, as well as high-end offensive skills. Combined with Radulov’s sniper abilities, they could be very deadly.
While four overtime periods are exciting and a win makes things well deserved, would the game be better off if decided by a shootout like the regular season? The shootout has been exciting at times. The crowds certainly like it. Some teams and players are better at it than others. The best shootout that comes to mind is the one from last season in which the 22nd shooter defensemen Marek Malik, not known for his offensive skills, scored a trick-shot goal through his legs to win it for the Rangers. It was a memorable moment, but can a playoff series or even the Stanley Cup itself really be determined by a shootout? Do not be surprised if the NHL is starting to think the same thing.
|Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2007 04:44|