NHL Playoffs: Hats off to a bunch of jerks

  • The Hurricanes are already what the Maple Leafs should be. I love this bunch of jerks.
  • Petr Mrazek wasn’t good enough for the lowly Wings. He wasn’t even good enough for the Canes heading into this season. Just look at him now.

  • Now four division champs are gone. GONE. Get in and you really can win.
  • Geez, Justin Williams does it again. That’s 15 Game 7 points all-time. Which old guy would you want — Williams or Patrick Marleau. Yup, 100% of the time.
  • The Leafs didn’t lose because Jake Gardiner made a queasy pass in Game 7. They didn’t lose because Frederik Anderson’s worst game was Tuesday. They lost because of dozens of little reasons, compounded from mid-season to now.
  • Speaking of the Leafs. Mike Babcock’s stubbornness will be his downfall. Like his third-period line choices. Patrick Marleau with Auston Matthews with six minutes left? You, me and every coach alive would have shortened the bench and rolled the studs.
  • Like it or not, the referees had the discretion to make the Cody Eakin call. The bottom line is simple. The Knights collapsed and Marc-Andre Fleury allowed not one, not two, not three but FOUR goals in 4:01.
  • Joe Pavelski was badly hurt on a play that could have happened in any game in the NHL. More often than not, the guy who loses the face-off crosschecks the winner. It’s been an acceptable play. Not any more. Godspeed, little Joe.
  • Jamie McGinn’s goal-mouth slide saved the game early in OT. Then he delivered the game by outmuscling Tom Wilson in the crease. First star all the way.
  • Dougie Hamilton’s favorite player growing up was Alexander Ovechkin. It makes the little hate-on the two have going even funnier.
  • Barclay Goodrow played hero for the Sharks in 7:26 of ice time. Across almost four periods. I sure hope his parents were in the house. #livingthedream
  • The Caps were great, but didn’t they look old and slow as the game went on?