Saturday, May 31, 2008

wings v. pens postgame: being right is fun

as predicted, cleary jumped franzen and ended up on the first line and hudler got a bit more ice, leading to the winning goal. let's face it, kids. the wings look poised to win this series --with or without their top LW creating havoc & scoring goals (and having them called back) in front of the net.

mccarty drew in but was utterly invisible, in his 5:43 of icetime. i swear i thought he didn't play at all, but apparently he hit the ice for eleven shifts.... hmph. he was also, apparently, a very vocal veteran on the bench in the third... i knew there was a reason i loved that guy, even though he was useless on the ice towards the end of his sojurn in calgary...

don cherry, in the first intermission, proclaimed that jordan staal should be set free to play the entirety of a penalty kill. this may be the first time in my life i think i'm a better coach than grapes. i mean, seriously... the entire PK ??? right. so jordy plays 2 minutes straight, only to be utterly useless for the next five or so minutes (at least)... this is a purely crap idea. end of story. maybe cherry IS getting slightly senile....

and even though chris osgood pitched two shutouts to start the finals, z'berg's game tonight shows me that he's poised to win the conn smythe. this guy is outrageously good. his PK work on the third period 5-on-3 is the stuff that legends are made of: he is positionally amazing, and his sense of where the puck is going to end up (psychologists call it 'chunking' and peter gzowski described it in the play of gretzky) is impeccable. i laugh that he was drafted 210th overall... every single nhl club can call themselves 'suckers' for not picking him sooner... with about four or five chances. crosby noted zetterberg's PK efforts in his post game interview, remarking, "i don't think he did anything out of the ordinary." and that is why, young crosby, your team isn't gonna win the big prize. live and learn....

i don't really have a whole lot more to say, other than i've marked monday on the calendar to spend some good, quality time in front of the telly JUST IN CASE maggie the monkey continues to be totally wrong in the finals, and the world gets to see its first european captain hoist a cup. admittedly it's premature but the way things are going, it'll be surprising to see the penguins come back from a 3-1 series defecit....

2 comments:

awildermode said...

maybe is mario comes out of retirement...again, the pens have a chance...and if it was 1992

MetroGnome said...

Slightly senile? I think we passed that marker a few miles back.