What the NHL needs in order to return to the stage it was once on is a thrilling Stanley Cup Finals in which two major markets trade goals and make hockey exciting again. For all of those hockey fans begging for that to happen, the gods have gifted you with Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
As if the postseason up to this point hasn’t already been exciting, the Stanley Cup has out done the previous games in just two outings with Game 2 being the most thrilling hockey we’ve seen since the San Jose Sharks couldn’t stop scoring on the Kings in Round 1.
Hockey fanatics want fundamentally sound hockey while casual fans want to see goals and flashing lights. The latter has been happening a lot in Game 2 as the Rangers and Kings traded goals in the span of 11 seconds in the second period.
Willie Mitchell netted a laser shot from the blue line to make the score 3-2 but on the following faceoff the Rangers answered right back.
11 seconds after Mitchell scored his goal, Derick Brassard snuck the puck past Jonathan Quick to once again make it a two goal lead for New York.
This is what hockey needs a it’s exciting to watch. It may anger the traditionalists who want to see scoreless games where the goalies are fantastic and the defense is intense, but that’s not what sells tickets or what draws in viewers. This is really the best of both worlds as both Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundvist are elite netmidners that traditionalists love and they can’t seem to stop much that is shot at them, which is what casual fans love.
That’s the definition of hockey bliss.