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The opening round, double-overtime playoff game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins on April 21 was spellbinding. The first extra period featured an astonishing nine and a half minutes of uninterrupted play. No whistles, no head-hunting, no TV ads, no stoppages of any kind. It was mesmerizing ebb-and-flow action featuring well-conditioned athletes who looked like they were playing in their first game of the season, not their hundredth. I look forward every year to the NHL postseason because of games like this.

I understand the reasons behind hockey’s status as the red-headed stepchild of American pro sports. But those who complain about the slowness of baseball and the myriad interruptions that mar basketball and football games might want to check out the NHL playoffs.

-Only A Game Senior Producer Gary Waleik

This program aired on May 5, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Gary Waleik Producer, Only A Game
Gary Waleik is a producer for Only A Game.

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