Saturday, April 12, 2008

4-12-08: Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

The Bruins need the good Lord Jesus to return to earth in the form of a 6’4” 220 lb right wing with a sweet skating stride, a divinely inspired snap shot, and a mile-wide nasty streak. That is, apparently, the level of miracle they’re going to need to win a game. The Habs were the essence of ‘meh’ for most of the match, except for the parts where they were outright bad. We got all of three decent shots in the first period, allowed a lot of good chances against, blew seven power plays, took dumb penalties, took phantom penalties. The speed was there, but the passing was sloppy and we had minimal consistent pressure in the offensive zone. I still don’t know how the Bruins lost.

1. Okay, I do, and I’d like to thank the Tri-City Americans animatronics division for producing one of the most convincingly humanlike goaltending machines ever developed. I swear, these things are the wave of the future: big, mobile, clever, and totally impervious to even the most sophisticated goalie psychological warfare techniques. Pretty soon everybody’s going to want one.

2. Here’s a philosophical conundrum: The goal of officiating is to make the game fair. Fairness means treating both sides equally. So if the officiating is equally bizarre to both sides, does that make it in fact good? Discuss.

3. Dear Mr. Julien: Yeah, apparently sometimes in this League you do have to embellish to get a call. Also, apparently sometimes you have to whine to the press about the refs in order to distract attention from your team’s inability to capitalize on 6 of the 7 power plays they did get, as well as numerous other juicy, yet mysteriously blown, opportunities. Funny how that works.

4. A pretty bad game for the Kovalev line. Kovalev himself obviously gets redemption points for scoring the game-winner in OT, but that doesn’t change the fact that our traditionally best offensive line was actually really inoffensive tonight. Hamrlik, however, continues to come up big, as does the 4th- or is it 3rd?- whichever one has Kostopolous- line. And hey, lookit lil’ Sergei Kostitsyn: postseason powerhouse. They grow up so fast.

2/16. Thank God they only count the wins now, not how you get to ‘em. Onward to Boston.

7 comments:

moeman said...

I love deep thoughts (and wins)

Also, Jesus Price has a nice ring to it.

14 for 25.

Jeff J said...

Julien's gripe is a big fat flopping red herring. You can't be called for a high stick on a follow through. See Hossa-Berard.

Kaz said...

2. I thought only the best refs get the call in the playoffs. Scratch that. Kerry Fraser is there every year.

3. I still feel bad for Claude. If the refs wouldn't call that in the opening periods, why in OT? Not that I'm complaining.

4. That retaliatory (yes, you Aaron Ward) slash gave me flashbacks to Kovalev tomfoolery of old. Luckily he redeemed himself with the winner.

Doogie said...

The Bruins need the good Lord Jesus to return to earth in the form of a 6’4” 220 lb right wing with a sweet skating stride, a divinely inspired snap shot, and a mile-wide nasty streak.

I think they'd settle for travelling back in time about 20 years and nabbing the 6'1" 185 lb version of the same. His Bruins were the only ones since World War II that could beat the Habs in the playoffs.

And it figures that I missed the beauty Game 1 and watched most of the mediocre Game 2. I hope this isn't a pattern...

E said...

moeman- mmmmmm... blasphemous hockey nickname...

jeff- yeah, i didn't think it was a legit complaint as a criticism of the non-call, but it might have some resonance as an overall implication that the habs were diving in that game. which i think a couple of them may actually have done, but it's understandable. see next comment...

kaz- i couldn't help but sympathize with kovalev's slash- he was getting hooked and held and tripped all night, as were many of the habs faster players, and the frustration was understandable. this is, of course, exactly the thing that makes teams resort to embellishment: when you're not getting the calls you deserve, and you can't fight back without taking a stupid penalty, you have little recourse but to exaggerate the offenses and hope someone notices. it's not ethical, but it seems to be a pretty common result of badly officiated games.

doogie- if it was possible to go back into the past and nab players for playoff runs, boston still wouldn't have much of a chance, and we'd at least make the final every year. [sigh]... would that it were so... also, i do hope you're not jinxing us. i don't want to have to ban you from our telecasts.

Jaybird said...

Hmmm 6'4 220 plus all the listed attributes plus one you haven't mentioned in being one of the top 5fighters in the NHL.

MILAN LUCIC

Thats who you were talking about right? Too coincidental maybe I'm just an idiot for missing the point here but that's exactly what Yahoo! has him listed as. I've watched this kid all year and he's probably my favourite non-hab in the NHL. Killed us tonight.

E said...

no no no, lucic plays left wing. jesus will play right. all they need now is a centre...