Its always been about the playoffs in the NHL.
Sure the regular season is a great way to determine which teams get to compete during hockeys second season, but for a sport considered regional in the United States, playoff hockey is the leagues signature event.
If the sport is ever going to get any national play, its at playoff time unless violence is involved. Once blood is spilled or a player is knocked out, the NHL makes the headlines.
For a majority of Americans, their impression of the NHL is a combination of barbarism and apathy, which is a shame.
Hockey will never have an impact in the United States until it cleans up its perceived image of brutality.
Thats why during Game 1 of the Red Wings-Predators playoff series we witnessed a plethora of weak penalties. Wednesdays officials were trying to keep a lid on the game by calling every marginal infraction possible.
This strategy backfired and did nothing to enhance the game. It did however create a frustration level that b...