This morning I am thinking a great deal about the New Jersey Devils, a great deal about the Detroit Red Wings, and a great deal about Matt Bradley.
Winners win, and losers lose, and they do so in our sport for very specific, very traceable reasons. And every once in a while a lone figure from our sport steps forwards to discuss, courageously, and with candor, organization’s reasons for winning and for losing.
Somewhat dispassionately, with unwavering discipline, not unlike a serial killer, the underdog Devils just extinguished all life out of the Philadelphia Flyers. To watch last night’s third period in Philly was to watch finely trained assassins carry out their mission. At no time in that final frame did Philly resemble a team that could reverse its fate.
A team holding a 3-1 series lead can be thought of as a killer with his hands applying a strangle grasp about his victim’s throat. To New Jersey, Claude Giroux’s suspension meant merely an added vulnerability for the targete...