The End is Near…

Not that end, but the end of the 2008-2009 playoffs.  I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when there’s no more hockey. 😦  I gotta say, though, that these playoffs rocked.  A lot.

I LOVED that my favorite former Star, shootout assassin, Jussi Jokinen had an awesome postseason.  I love his nickname, “The Finnish-er.”  I almost passed out after I watched the last minute and a half of that Game 7 with New Jersey.  I definitely did not see that one coming.  But it rocked.  I wanted Carolina to win that series because of Juicy, but also because that was the only way we’d see the ultimate series:

Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

Before the playoffs even began, I figured out the only way that we could see Washington play Pittsburgh, and miraculously, it happened.  And that series is one I’ll never forget.  I triple-loved Game 2 when Ovechkin and Crosby both netted hat tricks.  “Anything you can do, I can do better…”  I rooted for the Caps to win the series, and I was initially heartbroken to see them lose the series, but it just wasn’t the year.

Then, of course, we got to see the league’s professional choke artists at their best.  Yep, after winning the President’s Trophy, the Sharks bowed out of the first round to the Sucks.  Gawd I hate Anaheim!  But I wasn’t all that surprised, honestly.  The Sharks just can’t raise their game when it matters.

In the West finals, I loved seeing Detroit own Patrick Kane and the Hawks.  I hate that kid.  He’s such a Mike Modano-wannabe.  Him and Bobby Ryan.

And in the Cup final, we’ve gotten to see a rematch of last year’s and the irony of ironies in Marian Hossa.  The series has been so intense for me, that I haven’t been able to eat on game day, and I’m shaking during the game.  I don’t even want to know what I’ll be like tonight in a winner-take-all Game 7.

It’s been  a great playoff year, and hopefully next year will be even better with the Stars involved and going far.  Stars for the 2010 Stanley Cup! 🙂

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