Not every team in the playoffs gets to hoist the Stanley Cup. Try as they may, 29 teams will end their hockey-related obligations without lifting the Holy Grail of Hockey. We here at MYFO encourage you to erase their substandard play from your collective memory, and join us in wishing them good luck on the golf course starting today.
Next up, LeNoceur has the breakdown of what went wrong in Music City. Pull up a chair, take your shoes off, and settle in as he plucks those banjo strings and picks and grins his way through this eulogy.
It was all going so right. The Predators had the Red Wings reeling after consecutive wins on home ice. They had chased Dominik Hasek from the series, and generally made the Wings look their age. For an underdog to win a playoff series, though, usually they need their goaltender to steal a game. Dan Ellis did that in Game 5, making an amazing 52 saves.
Unfortunately, his teammates skimmed over the part of the memo where they were supposed to score a couple of goals and help him out. They barely managed to force overtime, and then a bad giveaway at the blueline allowed Johan Franzen to waltz in and beat Ellis with the winner. Even though there was a Game 6, the series was basically over right there. That was Nashville’s chance to steal a game and win the series, and they blew it. Like a jonesing crack whore in an alley behind a dumpster.
Their Year in MYFO
There was lots of confusion and chaos over the ownership situation. That may or may not have been resolved; I sort of lost interest. For a few minutes, MYFO had a Predators contributor. They almost (sort of) traded for Alex Ovechkin.
The Silver Lining
Well, a season after losing Paul Kariya, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell, the Predators got just as far in the playoffs as they did last year! That is either a testament to or an indictment of coach-for-life Barry Trotz. I think they are even staying in Nashville (at any rate, I haven’t received any hyperventilating press releases from those desperate Kansas City tourism folks lately). The team should look pretty much the same next season; the only “big” free agents are Martin Gelinas (yawn) and Darcy Hordichuk. Oh, and that Dan Ellis kid. Might want to sign him up again.