I wonder how a writing moment full of motion is like any in a game you're playing. Hockey or ball, I mean. Waiting for the fly ball to come down. Or a split second from crashing with boards, puck, and back-checker who may or may not be taking a run at you, at the same time. ("If it feels so good, it ain't ever going to lie," I heard just now in a song lyric on CBC, but that's not what I'm saying.)
The word time doesn't quite apply to any of those moments. So why use it. Ok, deleted.
Hitched as it is to the past, now has no meaning except more of it.
I think that's what athletes love about play-offs. They get pure, the players do. Beyond language, my cue to end this entry.
There's nothing I need add about the Maple Leafs. They're out.