The NHL Could Learn from the NFL
Did you see that crazy backhand goal by Michael Del Zotto of the Rangers that snuck its way through Boston’s Tim Thomas a few weeks ago? Of course you did, it was the only afternoon game on that Saturday.
Well how about that exciting shootout between Colorado and Buffalo that went through 22 skaters? Or that great defensive win by the Panthers over the Senators where Tomas Vokoun had an 18-save shutout? No, you probably missed those because you were watching your favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, get shelled by Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1 on home ice.
The Rangers-Bruins game was broadcasted at 1:00 EST on January 9, making it the only game on between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00. But that is when the NHL flood started; six games were played at 7:00, three games at 8:00 and three more at 10:00 or after.