The NHL lockout only seemed to drag on such an interminable length that last season was a distant memory.
The reality is, April was only nine months ago, not so long that it's too hard to remember who won the first-round playoff series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins-Flyers is a rivalry so big, it's kicking off NBC's season coverage Saturday in Philadelphia. It's an opener worthy of the spot.
But the commercial, while highlighting stars Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux, missed one key part of the showdown: Philadelphia's six-game win over the Penguins in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"Claude Giroux and the Flyers have their sights set on revenge for last season's playoff loss to Pitt!" the voiceover said.
Ah, not so fast. Yes, the Flyers ended yet another season without hoisting the Stanley Cup, extending a championship drought that dates to 1975. But they did knock off the Penguins before they were eliminated the next ...