Here’s what I don’t understand about the Habs: If they can play this well, why did they spend 2 solid months sucking? In fact, why did they spend the first two periods of this game sucking? This is the officially the Greatest Mystery of Hockey- when I go to mountains of Pakistan and at last find the lost city of Shambhala, that’s what I’m going to ask the great sages. Oh, you might say it’s a lame question, I should ask about why human beings perpetuate injustice, or why there is something instead of nothing, but be honest: if you’re reading this blog, you’re more interested in why hockey teams that don’t have to suck so often suck anyway. Anyway, it’s useful knowledge; think of what some teams would give me in exchange for exposing the secret causes of hockey suckage. But that’s off-topic, because:
1. Behold the power of one really good period! Habs go into the 3rd down 2-3, and end up winning the game 6-3, no empty-netters neither. Here’s a miracle: half power-play goals, half even-strength. Now, all the Bruins’ goals were even-strength, so this just goes to prove my original (by which I mean, since early January) point: the power play is the life…
2. As thrilled as I am that the kids are doing well, they’re starting to make me feel as though I’ve wasted my life. Lordy, I am never going to be as good at anything ever as they are at hockey right now: Higgins (1 G, 3A), Plekanec (1G, 2A), Halak (32 saves), and hell, throw in Lapierre (1 G), Komisarek (1 A), Kostitsyn (1 A), and Latendresse (nothing tonight but don’t forget he won the last game). This isn’t even a matter of having faith in the future anymore, this isn’t oh-the-kids-will-be-so-good-someday, they’re getting freakin’ platinum-glittery right before our very eyes- it’s almost an insult now to say they’ve got potential. And after an entire season of seeing the Habs again and again put faith in underperforming veterans in the hopes that they’ll come around, it’s just so exciting to see guys out there who really want their ice time. The best of the best tonight: Halak, who kept them in the game through two weak periods and set the foundation for the glorious comeback, and Higgins, whose goal was yet another sexy little wraparound and who also pulled off one of the slickest keeping-the-puck-in-the-zone moves I’ve ever seen.
3. But aging isn’t necessarily bad- Markov decides to go on a rare scoring binge, by Markov standards, with a goal and an assist, and Koivu picks up another 2 assists for his collection (such a helpful guy). Ryder gets revenge for an uncalled high-stick by topping off the game with an extra embarrassment goal. But then there’s Kovalev- sometimes doing virtually nothing for 5 months will leave one a little rusty, apparently, for although he’s clearly trying, he nevertheless ended this game with no points and -3 (a team worst). Ya get a little older, suddenly scoring at will ain’t so easy no more, eh? That’s what we call karma.
4. I suppose that’s pretty much it for the Bruins, in terms of making it to the postseason. Better luck next year, but keep it for next year, because it’d be really nice if they could drop the last game they’ve yet to play against the Habs in similar fashion.
5. An unrelated point: I think Stephen Colbert is having more success promoting hockey in the States than the NHL has had over the past decade. Suddenly I have miscellaneous friends from home asking me questions about the Saginaw Spirit- even though, ironically, they live much closer to
In spite of the predictions of nearly everyone outside
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go dance around the living room in my jersey while lip-synching badly to obscure late-90s Midwestern ska.
Really, I’m not getting excited.