Many fans of great hockey players will be disappointed today with the news that the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season is over.
Done in by shaky goaltending and unable to solve the Philadelphia Flyers’ own typically shaky goaltender today, the Pens are heading for the golf course. The rest of the playoffs will continue without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Jordan Staal et al.
Regardless of whether you’re a Philly fan or not (and they have their own players worth cheering for, like the sublime Claude Giroux and fast, shifty Danny Briere) – and regardless of what you think of the endless violence, suspensions, and bitching that has marked these games – the playoffs without the Penguins are less interesting.
I suggest a foursome of Crosby & Malkin along with Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. Nineteenth-hole conversation can revolve around how to underachieve in the post-season…