One of my ex's used to call peroids innings.
My fiance is finally warming up to hockey. She know's all the current Wings names/numbers and has a pretty good understanding of the basic rules, but only really gets excited during the playoffs.
Our wedding is this October and I bought her an Abdelkader jersey as a welcome to the family gift - plus I asked the reverand to sneek "during the NHL regular season and in playoffs". - TRUE
Cujo absolutely got a raw deal. I, like you OP, have always been rather ashamed of the way the organization handled that fiasco - but I blame Hasek for the whole ordeal. Had he stuck around for another season, the Wing's likely would have won back-to-back cups - again.