NHL Playoff Game Sevens: Best Reality TV on TV

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IApril 21, 2008

Looking for compelling, dramatic television this spring?  Look no further than the NHL playoffs.

Each and every NHL playoff game has plenty of plots, subplots and drama, and they don't take a crack writing staff in Hollywood to create them. 

Overtime games that can sometimes stretch into the wee hours of the morning are always tense and dramatic, as they can end with just the flick of a wrist.  But there is nothing more dramatic than Game Seven.

Anytime two hockey clubs square off in a decisive seventh game, both clubs go in knowing that their season can end that night.  That alone is a compelling storyline in and of itself.

But other factors, such as a long-standing rivalry can add to the plot, as was the case in tonight's decisive Montreal-Boston game.  The round the decisive game is being played in also can add to the tension.

Imagine playing in a Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.  Watching it on TV is exhilarating enough.  Now throw in overtime, and this writer wouldn't be able to peel himself away from the 42" flatscreen in his living room, even if they're still playing until 3 a.m.

The NHL playoffs are great TV, no doubt.  But the drama of a Game Seven just can't be beat.  Unless the Game Seven goes into triple-overtime.