The National Hockey League season ended last night, with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their second championship in as many years. For Pens fans, it was a moment to savour. For fans of other teams, the reaction was more like “finally, it’s over!” It’s time to dream anew of what next season might bring.
Following the Ottawa Senators’ Game 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, some media pundits – Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry chief among them – strongly suggested that the Ottawa Senators should move away from the tight-checking style that got them to the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and start attacking the hobbled Pittsburgh Penguins defence.
The Ottawa Senators might still be considered underdogs in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but their Game 1 victory Saturday night has put them in the driver’s seat.
Of all the series I’ve attempted to predict thus far, this one might be the toughest. On the surface, this should be a rout: The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions, they have the best centre in the world in Sidney Crosby, and they just knocked off the top team in the NHL this season, the Washington Capitals.