John Tortorella, presumably after finding out that there was no hockey to watch for two days.

While I don’t take for granted the exciting hockey we usually see in the Conference Finals and in the Stanley Cup Final, and while I’m aware that we have a Game 7 to look forward to on Saturday, I can’t help but feel just an ounce of emptyness as a hockey fan right now.

Considering the remarkable hockey we got in round one, the great goaltending we’ve been spoiled with throughout this postseason, and the plethora of story lines and talking points we’ve had to discuss over the last month, an empty Thursday night on the schedule left me with an emotional hockey fan’s crash only a caffeine addict who’s four hours removed from a cheap energy drink can relate to.

Well bad news, fellow fans, we don’t get any playoff hockey tonight, either.

Let’s just hope the Capitals and Rangers can more than fill this void tomorrow.

Here are some links to hold you over…

  • Does either team have momentum in this Rangers/Capitals series? (Tampa Bay Times) The obvious answer would be the Capitals, since they beat the Rangers in an emotional Game 6 with their backs against the wall. But you have to wonder what a couple of days off will do to that potential momentum.
  • Matt Hendricks knows his role for the Capitals, and he won’t shut his mouth (Washington Examiner).
  • The Devils know what to expect if the Rangers are next ( Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final will go Monday night at 8 p.m.
  • Another look in to the NHL Playoff Beard Watch, courtesy of Puck Daddy. The “Beard of the Year” finalists have emerged.
  • Are the 2011-12 Kings the NHL’s best ever No. 8 seed? (The Hockey Writers). Given that they are far from a standard eight-seed and actually underachieved in the regular season, as I’ve written about here before, they have to be in that conversation. They’re definitely the best No. 8 in my memory.
  • The Kings and Coyotes are ready to drop the puck now (Los Angeles Times). Game 1 of the Western Conference Final goes Sunday evening in Glendale. I’m really excited to see how loud fans in Arena get for this game. Did I really just say that?
  • A topsy turvy postseason has been reminiscent of the dead-puck era (Calgary Herald).
  • NBC’s Pierre McGuire is truly in the NHL’s front row(New York Post). I knew McGuire had his haters, but who knew that “there are numerous online forums devoted to his demise?”