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Americans are ruling the playoffs

Updated: May 24, 2012, 4:43 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

The following observations were made in real time. The time reflects time remaining in the period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday between the Rangers and the Devils. Game on.

FIRST PERIOD

20:00 As the puck is dropped to start the game, a large, blue balloon gently falls vertically down my TV screen. If the Rangers win this game, I assume many more will drop. And lasers will fire. And explosions will occur. And monkeys will fly. I'm not sure about the monkeys ...

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