Canadiens-Bruins Playoff Musings on a Rare Two-Day Break

April 20th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Doesn't it feel wrong not having a hockey game to watch tonight? Somehow, to me, it breaks the rhythm of a playoff series.

I remember watching playoff hockey in the 80s and 90s, and there was always, without exception, a game every second night. That went from the beginning of the playoffs until the end, making for one grueling race to the finish.

But alas, in the Gary Bettman era, things have changed.

So much so that nowadays there are sometimes two days off between games. In addition, there are even back-to-back games, which, in my opinion, are much worse than the long breaks. Playoff games are too intense to be playing back-to-back and too much is on the line.

Regardless of my feelings on the matter, the fact remains that these variations from the norm have become a part of playoff hockey. So looking at the Canadiens-Bruins first-round matchup, I can see how the players would appreciate the extra day off but not so much the fans.

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