When in Doubt, Don’t Have Doubt
During the run-up to yesterday’s Habs/Caps game, many in the media were critical of the Caps decision to go with their still-wet-behind-the-ears rookie Semyon Varlamov, but all was quiet on that front as Washington went on to win the game 5-1.
Of course, he had a pinch of help from his friends who machinegunned the Canadiens goaltenders with over 70 shots.
The Big Bs Battle Back
I had just mentioned to a friend that Ryan Miller was up for the Vezina Trophy when Patrice Bergeron scored the tie-breaker.
Guess I should keep my big mouth shut.
The Bruins outmuscled the Sabres and 42-year-old Mark Recchi showed the younglings a thing or two. Recchi was quoted saying, “[Tim Kennedy] was trying to lean into me and I got him just enough to knock him off balance.”
Ever watch a nature programme that shows killer whales whacking baby seals out of the water with their tails? That’s how the Kings/Canucks game started off last night. Vancouver’s Mayson Raymond scored 2:08 into the game and both Rich Clune and Ryan Smyth were injured in the first.
Fortunately, the Kings have been studying the Canucks penalty killers and scored three times on three penalties. “We’ve been working on it a lot in practice and we’ve been watching a lot of video,’’ Drew Doughty said. “When you’re seeing the other team’s penalty kills and you’re seeing their flaws, you kind of open those up.” Of course, by tomorrow, the Canucks may have figured out how the Kings figured them out, thereby nullifying any advantage.
In a game filled with drama, the tension just kept ramping up. What looked to me like a deflection off a Sedin’s skate was legal, but once reviewed by The Gods (for almost six minutes), it was ruled a no goal. Now, I wanted the Kings to win, but not on a crappy call. Canucks fans are ready to firebomb L.A. and I can’t blame them.
Oh, and speaking of people who should get their facts straight, a postgame interviewer asked Luongo how his blocker hand was feeling after it was accidentally trampled after Hanzus’ goal in the second. After a withering glare, he spat “It was my glove hand,” and stormed off.
Wednesday’s game is gonna be a real nailbiter. As Willy Wonka would say, “The suspense is killing me. I hope it lasts.”
Funny Random for Kings Fans Only
Los Angeles Times reporter Helene Elliott referred to “Bobby Lou” as “Bobby Lose” Ouch!
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