Today marks the end of the NHL regular season. Wednesday, the playoffs begin. The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Dallas Stars will play the Anaheim Ducks. The Penguins are getting healthy, they are developing chemistry, and they're ready to rock. The Stars...Oh my, the Stars. This is their first playoff appearance since 2008. They clinched the 8th seed in the Western Conference on Friday. And I was there. It was wild! American Airlines Center was deafening during the last few minutes as Kari Lehtonen posted a 3-0 shutout and Seguin and Benn dazzled as they've done all season. It was incredible to be there, to share that moment with the team and the city of Dallas. And, we're going to game 4 of the first round in Dallas next week. I am beyond jazzed! Not only is this my first playoff game, but I'll witness the legend that is Teemu Selanne before he hangs up his jersey at the end of the season.
It's the playoffs. It's intense. It's brutal. It's energizing. It's heartbreaking. It's uplifting. It's everything you hope for in sports and more. And this year, I have two teams with which my sports fan heart will ride or die with. Two teams to cheer for every night, two teams to cry for, two teams to love. Because this is the greatest tournament in sports. Because it's hockey. Because it's the Cup.