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The best time of year

There are 16 teams in the playoffs, but only six have a legitimate shot at skating away with Lord Stanley's Cup.

Updated: April 19, 2002, 6:30 AM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

HIT THE ICE by Michael Fischer

TOONS ON ICE Hockey (www.toonsonice.com)

It's the best time of year, because all that matters is the winning. All day long you will think about your team's game tonight. You will wake up and wonder and imagine and act out, all the possibilities that will get your team to the finals. On the way to work, you think about the opponent. By lunch, you wonder if your goaltending will be good enough. On the way home, ...

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