Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quick Hit and Run:


My computer was attacked by Godzilla (no, really, I swear!) the other day, so now I'm stealing time on a lap-top, and I'm not having much fun with it. But mere discomfort isn't enough to keep me from babbling incessantly (Neither is a court order). So, as a prelude to tonight's action against the Beantown Bears I have this post for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Marc Andre Fleury is once again slated to start in net tonight for the Pens. And the Human Sequoia, Hal Gill is going to hit the ice (I hope not literally).
Ali asked me the other day who I thought would be scratched from tonight's game to make room for the Sequoia. I assumed that Eaton would sit and Gill would play, but nagging somewhere in the back of what passes for my mind was the memory of the Pens dressing 7 defensemen and playing Whitney as a sometime-forward. I should have listened to that particular dark corner of my mind (in my defense, it's not the only dark corner in there) , because the Penguins fooled all the guessers and actually are dressing 7 defensemen, and possibly running Whits at the forward spot, although Go-Go Gadget Goal is shown in the line-up as a forward and a defenseman. ( that's just a guess, Therrien's too sneaky for me) I also remember the beat-down Whits gave Wayne Redden last year when he was put back on the blue-line. It was like he was saying with every punch I...AM.... NOT... PLAYING.... FORWARD.... AGAIN!!.


Milestones and Other Rocks: Sidney Crosby will be playing in his 250th game and Jordan Staal will be playing in his 200th tonight. That's a lot of hockey in the short amount of time they've been playing. Staal will be the youngest player ever to reach the 200 mark and if El Capitan scores two points tonight he'll be 5th on the list for reaching his 250th game.
Paul Biz-nasty was sent back to WBS yet again, probably to make room for the Defense-shuffle.

Concussions are up and some players are blaming the 'safety' equipment the players are wearing. Evidently the new pads and the fact that today's players are bigger, stronger, faster (Where did that weird sound effect from the 6 Million Dollar Man go?) they're especially geared up for melon-squashing. Most players say some of the responsibility is on the player being hit to watch his squash whenever possible, knowing that it's going to take a beating. I'm not sure the guy doing the hitting is always going to warn you when he's coming... but what do I know?

Well, that's all for now, I'll try to sneak the laptop into the closet later and post some more.....

4 comments:

Ali said...

The game last night was painful...

At the end, it was painful for me to be there as a fan, but I can only imagine what it was like for the Pens...

I haven't read it written anywhere, but right prior to Boston's third goal (near the end of the 2nd) Gill had the puck and totally fell on the ice -- that seemed to lead to the awful pass... that lead to the goal... that lead to the Pens completely losing control of the game...

Right now, Boston's the best team in the East, they know what they're going to do, and they do it REALLY WELL!

Happy New Year Stagerat!

Stagerat said...

Painful is a good word, awful comes to mind, snakebit, outplayed... there's a whole list of words that I could use and would rather not. I did see what you were talking about and I have to agree with you about Gill toppling and the bad pass. The worst part is they show flashes of what you wish they'd be all the time and then seem to get hit with the amateur stick right in the net. If they were a bad team it would be easier to understand, but they're a good team that sometimes seems to forget that they are. Painful is a very good word for it..

Stagerat said...

Happy New Year Ali... hope it's a good one!

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