Yes, this issue only arrives when i'm in the playoffs. After game 1, it takes me back to the main menu and the "continue playoffs" section. the teams are set at Anaheim vs Anaheim. if you toggle to the right or left and then back you'll find your team and their opponent. after starting up the game and you're at the first face off circle, hitting any button (not D pad) you'll be taken back to the main menu, as if what you started was a game demo.
i have no idea what's up with all that.
i've been playing Genesis ROMs on my Mac for a while. I use the Genesis Plus v1.2.8. The options and game saving are not quite as awesome as the Snes9x. In fact, the "freeze state" on the Gen Plus often crashes the game.
I use a 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 laptop with 1.5GB DDR2 SDRAM and i'm on Mac OS X 10.4.9
i guess my advice is if you're on a Mac, use the SNES version (Mack's Hacks does have an SNES version, but it's 06 i think).
I sure wish Mack would hack me out an SNES NHL08.