We’re already one game into Round 2 of the 2011 NHL playoffs and our San Jose Sharks begin their series against the Detroit Red Wings tonight. I just want to say: DAMMIT I LOVE PLAYOFFS HOCKEY! Every game that I’ve been able to watch, I’ve been glued to my TV and they’ve all been great games. All of the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into every game and every series is so addicting. I had my phone set to send me updates for pretty much every scoring change for nearly every game, which made me sound very popular for the past week and a half.
After going 4-0 in less than twenty-five minutes of hockey in Game 3 against the LA Kings, the Sharks staged an unbelievable comeback to tie the game 5-5, before taking the cake with Devin Setoguchi’s wristshot in OT. Check out the highlights here:
Starting goaltender Antti Niemi was pulled from the game a few minutes into the second period and Antero Niittymaki was left to pick up the reigns for the rest of the game. Personally, I can’t fault Niemi for the Game 2 loss, as the entire team was playing really shitty in front of him, but he looked very shaky in Game 3. So this begs the question, will the Sharks continue with their starting goalie in Game 4, or will they keep Niittymaki in the net? I don’t think Niitty got enough playtime in before the playoffs started, but I liked the way the team played in front of him. They recognized that he hasn’t played in a while and stopped relying on their goalie to make the saves when they’re being lazy, like they sometimes had been with Niemi in net; there seemed to be more of a sense of urgency once Niittymaki came in. Hit up our poll below and tell us who you think San Jose will start between the pipes on Thursday, and tell us why in the comments section below!
Most of us here at Wrecked are avid sports fans. Mostly Hockey ’cause it’s the most bad-ass of all sports. Fuck Football. (Editor’s note: No, Sean, fuck you!) So with playoff excitement and booze running through our blood, here are our playoff brackets with our first round predictions. We’ll be analyzing our predictions after each round and see who still has a job here at Wrecked… cause if you’re wrong, you get fired. Rules are rules.
We also strongly encourage anyone willing to take on the Wrecked staff to post your own predictions in the comment section below. Half the fun of sports is talking shit, making wild predictions, and arguing about stats, so bring it on!