Hello, everybody! Reader here!
Well, Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is (nearly) in the books, though for me, the playoffs have suddenly gotten a lot less interesting.
You see, Nik and I had a little bet going, on the outcome of one particular Eastern Conference Quarterfinal – between the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and my favourite team, the Pens’ Pennsylvania archrivals – the Philadelphia Flyers.
The bet was simple. Nik (who bet the Penguins, I’m pretty sure, just to antagonize me) would allow me to shave his entire beard/moustache combo off, on the morning show, if the underdog Flyers pulled off the upset. On the other hand, if Pittsburgh came through with the victory, I’d have to let my beard grow right until the Stanley Cup is handed out, in early June.
Now, I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but I’ll never bet against my team.
Sidney Crosby and the Pens swept the season series against Claude Giroux and the Flyers this season, and it was looking like it was going to be more of the same after Game One, when the Pens crushed the Flyers, 7-0. But, my boys bounced back in Game Two, beating Pittsburgh, 5-1, in the Steel City, evening up the series, heading back to the City of Brotherly Love. The wheels fell off back in Philly, though, as the Penguins took Games Three and Four, outscoring Philly 10-1 in the process. However, facing elimination, the Flyers came through with a big effort in Game Five, winning 4-2, to send the series back to Philadelphia for Game Six. It started off well, but the third period was the turning point. Despite a hat trick and two assists from Sean Couturier, Philly couldn’t overcome the Pens, led by Jake Guentzel’s four goal effort, and Pittsburgh eliminated their hated rivals, with an 8-5 victory, in hostile territory.
With that, the Flyers’ season is over, and the Penguins are off to battle Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Round Two.
That also means I’m going to get even hairier over the next month and a half.
But, a bet’s a bet. Congrats, Nik… enjoy your victory!
LET’S GO FLYERS!!!