Bulls vs. Celtics…On Ice?
2 Hat Tricks and another one-goal victory by the Caps, are you serious!?!? Wow, what a start to perhaps what will go down as one of the best NHL Playoff Series, outside of a few Stanley Cup Finals, in the history of the sport. Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby furthered their on-ice rivalry last night by lighting up the scoreboard with huge hits and 3 goals a piece. Alex the Great’s final goal was the one to put the game away with only 6 minutes left, though Crosby once again got on the scoreboard inside the last two minutes on a rebound in front of the net. What does this Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry remind us of? Anyone see the recently concluded Celtics-Bulls NBA Playoff Series, aka Prime Time Drama? Yep, there might as well be a mirror between the two. The basketball series will go down in history as probably the best ever, arguably of course, with this NHL Series right behind it in its own world. Like Gordon vs. Rondo or Rose vs. Pierce, Ovi and Sid the Kid have provided fireworks after fireworks on the ice that have put hockey fans, and some non-hockey fans, on the edge of their seats at home or in the arena. Personally, I’m all aboard the Caps bandwagon as a native of Northern Virginia. Let’s Go CAPS! Let’s Go Caps! C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!
This series, only two games in, is lining up to likely go all 7 games with an assured stunning conclusion in Game 7 back in D.C. Each game has been close to begin the series with lots of goals being scored early and late in the 3rd period. This just means pure entertainment and great value for the NHL to get itself back on the sporting world’s map. If there was anything that could revitalize its popularity in the States, this is it. The NHL, conspiracy or not, couldn’t have planned this scenario any better. Years from now, no one will care or hardly remember who won the Stanley Cup in ’09, but they will remember how Crosby and Ovechkin played in the Eastern Conference Semis. This is an epic battle, on ice…and if you don’t have tickets….GO GET ‘EM!