The Penguins may or may not win the Stanley Cup.
But if they do, they may reinvent playoff hockey en route.
Last night’s Chicago-Detroit and Los Angeles-San Jose games were excruciating to watch. (Boston-New York Rangers was a comedy of errors.) Block shots, grind, throw pucks at the blue paint, hope to get lucky.
You can try to fabricate reasons that made those games exciting. They weren’t. They were close, but that’s not the same thing.