Six seconds away from the game-winner. (Credit: Deadspin)
The NHL has to be riding on a major high right now. Despite the shortened season, the playoffs gave us great games beyond belief. Starting from the Leafs collapsing in Game 7 to a well-played Sharks-Kings series, the NHL has given us fans something to celebrate.
And maybe those games caught the attention of non-hockey fans. And if that wasn’t enough, last night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final had to have done something.
Ratings are one indicator of interest and it looked real good from last night. And it looks like the NHL is on the right track in getting a bigger audience. After all, since commercials are not allowed during overtime, the audience could not walk away for a second and risk missing the game-winner. That’s compelling. And maybe that’s what the audience in America needed to get into hockey.
During next season’s Stadium Series, all teams participating will be wearing a special uniform for the game.
This is a fantastic idea and we’ve seen how well these special jerseys have translated into sales during the Winter Classic. But now with this bit of information, I have to wonder what the Islanders will have. With their eventual move to Brooklyn, their identity will change a little. But for a specialized jersey, normally it’s the kind of opportunity to go throwback.
And with me being a nut for `90s throwbacks, I beg that the Islanders bring back the Fisherman for one last time. PLEASE!!
Quite possibly the worst hockey jersey I’ve ever seen. But it’s hideousness is beautiful.
We knew about the logo for a while. Now it is officially confirmed along with a new uniform set.
They’re back to green, harking back to their first games in Dallas and their Minnesota roots. Also, the shade is refreshing and the black is subtle.
Because green isn’t as prominent in the NHL versus common colors like blue, black and red, this is a good move by the Stars. I like entire set and the bevel works in my opinion. Even the number being green on the white looks good.
Even though the stripes are different, it works and it makes the set distinct. A fresh start as the team moves out of the Pacific Division.
From first look, I was shocked that there are so many differences between the home and road set. The entire thing screams Team Canada to me.
As you can see, the stripes don’t match. The home set features a laced collar while the road one does not. There’s a shoulder yoke on the white jersey that will hold the nameplate, but not the home one. There’s an emphasis of the color black on the road set, but not the home set. In fact, the only constant on both jerseys is the crest.
There isn’t much else that really is worth noting. All the flaws are visible right in front. And what’s worse about it is that the team supposedly designed this in-house without any outside help. It just shows the lack of experience in design with this new set.
But there is one element of design I like about this set.
This photo stinks.
I had only gone to Staples Center once prior and it was also a Sharks-Kings game. Of course, that time the game was in December so it was different and it was three years ago before the Kings became the Kings of hockey. The game tonight was Game 7. It was one of the best seven-game series hockey had to offer in recent years. This was what great hockey was about.
Knowing the Sharks, this season was going to be a struggle and this series wasn’t going to be easy. The Sharks were still trying to find their own identity. But as they tried to do so in this shortened season, they also had to win an important playoff game. It was a tough journey.
I could easily just say that Jonathan Quick was too good, but I won’t. He was good. But the Sharks didn’t challenge him enough. The shots on goal were too easy most times. Credit to the Kings for keeping the area in front of the net congested, but there were numerous times where the Sharks just didn’t give Quick a challenge.
I don’t like the Kings. Sucks even more they’re the defending champs. But now it’s time to finish their reign of terror.
All California, all in right now. The Sharks match up well against the Kings. Antti Niemi is on a roll and this Sharks team is better than the ones of years past. They can win this. I believe it.
I might go to a game. Let’s see how much tickets are and how frugal I can be about it.
I didn’t see the game but after watching these highlights, I feel that this Sharks team is different from those of years past. They have less pressure on them but their attitude and grit is different. I can’t put my finger on it.
The sweep is great and it’s good for a team that might just surprise a few more people. I like what I am seeing.
The Sharks are wearing their black jerseys for their home playoff games for the third straight year. (I believe it’s three straight years.) This is something that I have loathed in the past but this year, I accept it because it makes sense.
The teal is such a better look for the team and since there are a ton of teams that wear black in the division, being the only team in teal is really nice. But in the playoffs, the all black look has been king.
But going with their thirds this year makes sense because the team is going to have a new uniform set next season. The specific changes are unknown yet, but it we know it’s the home and road set that will get a facelift. The thirds are staying so this is somewhat of a transition stage for fans to see the jerseys that will remain and the ones that will leave fade away.
I think Antti Niemi played his best game of the year last night. Also, I think that we saw a Sharks team that we have never seen before. Grit, guts and emotion was all over the place.
But to take a 2-0 lead on the road is impressive. It was a fantastic ending. Now on to Game 3.
And somehow, someway, this video is making its rounds on the Internet and people think it’s funny. It’s not funny. It’s like “The Hangover.” Why do people think it’s funny?