Bon Voyage, Preds: Sharks Win Series 4-1
What can you say? The Preds played better this year, same result. It's not a matter of whether it's fair. There were a lot of reasons why the Preds lost this series, and if you want to look at a big reason, look no further than a stupid play by Scott Nichol in the 2nd Period where he took a 5-minute major, retaliating. Retaliating. It may have been the dumbest thing I have ever heard, a team desperately needing a win and when things don't go just the right way, you go stick a guy in the nads. The Nashville Predators deserve to be moved from the city after this performance.
Even if the Preds somehow luck out in the rumored moving situation, there are some people who must go. Barry Trotz. He should be fired right after this game. The discipline of his players has always been a sore spot and he never has corrected it. A 4-12 playoff record with no wins on the road. Players: Paul Kariya, completely underwhelming. He was paid to be the scoring star and he scored all of 1 goal in the two playoff series against the Sharks. This guy should be looking for another team next year. We know we're not keeping Forsberg. As much as he provided some playoff grit, he also provided lots of bad penalties. We may not even get to keep Kimmo Timonen, but he should definitely stay.
As for the Sharks, I will be actively rooting for their ouster in Round 2. And if they happen to make it to the Stanley Cup, I hope they play the Rangers, who I'm going to adopt as my surrogate team now that Nashville is out.
I still haven't decided on whether or not I'm going to make good on my promise not to watch any more after this. If I'm to be interested, there's going to need to be some changes, for good or ill. Keep your core of good players and surround them with people who won't be afraid to get knocked around in the playoffs--yeah, no Paul Kariyas anymore, please.
Disappointing doesn't begin to cover it, folks. This was a series where the Preds looked better, at least it didn't appear like they had no chance at all like last year, but I think they lost it in Game 1 when they should have won. They would have had a 2-0 lead and it would have changed everything in San Jose.
Until next year...