It seems like the recent trend of shot blocking is flustering many in NHL circles, doesn't it?
Anytime a trend emerges that can stifle scoring, media people tend to throw their arms up in the air.
Bad for the game. Unwatchable. The new trap. The blocked puck era.
Here is a thought: get a grip. These have been some of the most exciting, surprising playoffs in recent memories.
And, while watching Philadelphia and Pittsburgh trade chances was a blast, I personally enjoy team's that can actually play defense and goalies who can actually stop pucks. But that is just me.
Or is it really just me? According to Nielsen, the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first two rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged 1.06 million viewers, making them the most-watched first two rounds on record. Meanwhile, ratings on CBC have remained typically strong.
So, apparently, a lot of people are enjoying these playoffs. You just would not get that impression listening to certain members of the media flip out.
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