Best Hit: Ryan Johansen on Tyson Barrie, Game 1
This one helped lead to the rough stuff kicking up throughout the series & earned Ryan the nickname of “The Ripper”.
To be fair, Tyson Barrie‘s flip through the air reminds me of the bump that WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi would take off of a clothesline. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though. I’d let the hit slide too, as Johansen seems to be aiming for the shoulder from my vantage point.
Best Denver Media Troll: Mark Kiszla
The world is full of people with divergent opinions. Not everybody is going to appreciate the Nashville Predators. There’s a pretty good chance that some of them will have jobs as opinion columnists in NHL cities.
Mark Kiszla earned the disdain of Nashville fans with a column he wrote after Game 1. He continued to produce drivel throughout the series taking shots at the Predators & passing it off as Avalanche coverage. It’s a classic media trick. The only real problem with it is that he admitted his game.
Admittedly, I have no room to talk here. However, if the Colorado Avalanche are going to be a thing moving forward, what’s Kiszla going to do to get attention? He’s already admitted that his idea of journalism is to troll people in other markets. If Colorado ends up playing Nashville again, Predators fans will already be on to him.
My advice to Nashville fans is to not waste time getting mad at these gasbags. Be pickier with who you follow for coverage of other teams. I missed out on most of the Predators/Avalanche Twitter drama because I didn’t go out of my way to find ornery beat writers & overexcited fans. Lauren Gardner was the only person I needed to follow for Avalanche coverage. Anybody else seemed like a waste of time. Now I need a Winnipeg version of her.