Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Stastny, Avs Retain Title of Universal Overlords (Better Late Than Never, Right?)

AP/Andy King

You'll have to bear with me on this one, as it's more than a few days old. It was a long weekend and I have a few things I need to catch up on.

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate Paul Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche on retaining their title as champions of the universe. For a few days, it looked like we were in for quite a battle (epic, you might say). The Wild led the series 2-1 after three games, with all three games being decided in overtime. Things changed quite a bit when the Wild got blown out of the building in Game Four, 5-1.

It seems pretty safe to say that was the game that completely shifted the series. The Avs went up 3-0 in the first and proceeded to pad the lead, making it 5-0 during the second period. It was in that period and the third where the Wild completely lost it. And I mean they really went off the deep end. 14 power plays later, the Avs would hold on for the victory. Sure, the next two games were close, but it's hard to deny that the Wild weren't totally themselves after the debacle of Game Four. The series concluded way back on Saturday night (if you can remember that far back), and we're unbelievably late in talking about this. But given that the battle this season was so epic, and my fondness for this matchup runs deep, it had to be given it's due.

So here's a thanks to the Wild and Avs who made this season that much more enjoyable. And also to you, Paul Stastny, for the contributions you made to my fantasy team helped carry us to the title. Even if you get destroyed against the Red Wings, you can still take solace in that!

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