The Olympic Hockey Hangover: Fact Or Fiction?

March 4th, 2010 by John Bradley Leave a reply »

The first post-Olympic hockey game I watched was the Lightning vs. Flyers on Tuesday, just two days after a gold medal game for the ages. 

I have to admit, I had a bit of a hockey hangover. 

Going from watching a gold medal Olympic rivalry game to a regular season NHL game felt a little like switching from Canadian beer to American. 

Everyone knows the best cure for a hangover is just to drink more, right?  Needless to say, shortly after the puck was dropped, my hangover was cured, and I was excited to watch hockey again.

But how does this Olympic hangover affect the guys that are actually playing?  

In the game I watched, there were two players that really stood out.  One was Steven Stamkos from the Lightning.  Before the Olympics, Stamkos was on a ridiculous tear with 10 goals and 13 assists amassed over a 13-game point streak    Fresh off a two-week vacation, he picks up a pair of goals against the Flyers, setting a franchise record scoring s ...

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