I blame it completely on Trotz. It's obvious from his media comments in this series, as well as his defense of Tootoo's actions, that he's implicitly encouraging his players to go out and kill people. The GM makes good trades and free agent signings. The scouting staff does a good job. The "native" Nashville fans are delusional morons concerning the Predators, but that's the fault of their horrifically biased and ill-informed announcers, so I kind of only partially blame them. If I was brainwashed into thinking that when other team's players bumping shoulders with my guys was a "cheap shot" while my guys charging into other players from behind and smashing their heads into the glass was a "good hit", I... okay, I really don't want to believe that I would be that stupid. But still, partially understandable.
Trotz is the one true evil.
Anyway, I haven't been able to talk about my series because I've been too traumatized. So I'm really grateful for this game tonight. It's a shame that such good teams have to meet in the first round and only one can go on, but that's the west this year for ya. Oh oh, and called by Hughson. *loves* Best game I've watched from start to finish so far this playoffs.
tamiflu! bkm5191! Anyone who cares about Hull and Avery and slashiness! Did y'all watch the Wings game on NBC today? Avery was a guest during the first intermission and there was much slashiness from beginning to end. :D
"He never sleeps" reminds me of The Ring and the whole "she never sleeps" thing. *shrieks* *sleeps with lights on*