The Nashville Predators have one of the best new traditions in sports, chucking catfish on the ice during games, and the story behind this is what makes rivalries so great.
The Predators begin their march toward the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight year where they hope to finish what they started last year. The former expansion team has come a long way in two decades and enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the winners of the President’s Trophy, as owners of the best record in the regular season.
Playoff hockey is as familiar a South Bay sight as a corporate bus full of people coding at 80 miles an hour.
But this April, the playoff hockey has a different look.
On Monday, the Sharks roared into SAP Center, with a series lead and a full head of steam, but without two stalwarts.
No Patrick Marleau, who was busy scoring goals in a playoff game in Toronto. No Joe Thornton, who is injured and unavailable. For the first time in 23 seasons, neither player was available for the playoffs.
Jan 31, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
With a chance to clinch the series and move on to the second round in Game 5, Boston didn’t look like the formidable force it proved to be on home ice in the first two games. The Bruins fell behind 2-0 before many fans inside TD Garden finished their first choice of beverages in what was ultimately a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Enjoy these playoffs as it get’s more intense by the game!!
Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate an empty-net goal by Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34), not shown, during third period NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Saturday, April 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Portrait of Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky during a photo shoot on the ice. Edmonton, Canada 1984
Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.
He’s not being humble. More like fearful.
Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.
“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”
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