Did last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 boost the NHL’s popularity?

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.

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Please let the Islanders bring back this atrocious uniform

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.