2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: When Elimination Becomes Reality

May 14th, 2010 by Kevin Freiheit Leave a reply »
Every year, 29 teams face disappointment.

The possibility of elimination becomes a reality for all but one team. You can break down stats, rosters, salary caps, or whatever it is you think is important, but you cannot determine a team's success, especially in the postseason.

The further your team advances, the stronger the blow is once they are eliminated. As a Sabres fan, seeing Buffalo get knocked off by the Bruins was tough, but not compared to the rest of the Eastern Conference.

I couldn't even begin to describe what it must feel like for Washington, Pittsburgh, or even New Jersey. Each of them were defeated in their own arena, leaving their fans stunned. With such high expectations, how are fans supposed to cope with a round one defeat?

What do you do when that moment creeps closer? The clock becomes the enemy, but time is running out too quickly. As the clock gets closer to zero, you begin thinking of how your team can pull off a comeback, but it's improbable.

Unless it's a one goal game, it's all over. Your faith dwindles down to nothing as the clock ticks down to zero. Then it hits you, like a Scott ...

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