Yesterday I flew into Orange County to see the Stars play the Ducks. You all know what the outcome was and what happened to Ryan Getzlaf, but you may not have had the chance to hear exactly what that sounded like to fans in the arena.
We clearly heard that nasty thunk all the way in the upper bowl.
Now, please note that I don’t wish that on any player. Getzlaf has gotten stitched up and he’ll probably play in Game 2, which will hopefully have less scary injuries and more Dallas goals.
With last night’s win in Nashville, Colorado won its first Conference III Belt, becoming the sixth team in two weeks to have the title (only Minnesota hasn’t had a reign in that time) and continuing a run of one-and-done champions.
The six other teams had already had a turn with the strap and Colorado waiting so long for its reign has implications for who will ultimately finish the season with the title (as noted before, the Belt will not travel into the playoffs, even if a playoff team ends up with it).
For now, six teams have the chance to hold the hardware at season’s end. Winnipeg is the only team without a path to the title.
Let’s take a look at where the Belt could go.