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Barenaked Ladies Talk NHL Playoffs

By DARREN DAVIS,, April 25th, 2000.

The National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are well on their way and Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart makes no bones about rooting for his home team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Well, I've got to go with my Leafs even though they've rolled over and played dead a couple of times last week, but I've got to go Maple Leafs," Stewart says. "You cannot count out Colorado with the addition of [Ray] Bourque and [Dave] Andreychuk and.. who's also looking strong? Philly, I think the organization is in disarray, unfortunately."

Although Stewart thinks they are shaky, Philadelphia beat Buffalo to advance. Also advancing are perennial playoff chokers, the New Jersey Devils. Stewart says firing coach Robbie Ftorek before the playoffs may have been the best move they've made.

"It's weird because they perennially have had great records and choked in the first round and they were anticipating that again and they saw some sort of team unity problem," he says. "I've heard Ftorek is sort of a goofball anyway from a few people. I'd sure like to see Scott Gomez go far because he's had a great year and it would be nice to see him go a lot farther in the playoffs. That would mean that they would have to face the Leafs at some point so. who knows? It's anyone's playoff."