The summer months can be long, hot and boring. In hockey terms -- the summer sucks. Beach season is great and all, but it's also a reminder that hockey is still far, far away. Hockey fans, this summer, please try and keep your sanity. To help you survive the long summer months, I'll be taking the time to remind you of the reasons why it's a good idea to make sure you live to see next season. Please, don't do anything rash this summer.
Reason to Live #3: Because there's nothing quite like a playoff atmosphere.
It's hard to describe, but you know the feeling. There's no regular season game quite like it. Opening night is great, but the building isn't as electric. When a legend's number is retired, there is always a packed house, but the feeling is closer to a funeral than a bachelor party. Even when your rival comes to town, it's just not the same. Close, but no cigar.
Playoff atmosphere in hockey is arguably the best in sports. It doesn't matter what city you live in, the arena is packed and the fans are electric (except, well, New Jersey).
Playoff hockey. There's really nothing quite like it.