Last night was not good for anyone.
Sidney took a puck to the face. I’ve said “not the face!” many times, but never at such volume. Sid bled everywhere and then did what hockey players do best, let it stop and kept playing. Well, it didn’t totally stop.
He will play tonight against Buffalo, a game the Caps need the Pens to win. Wait, what was that? The reluctant sound of DC fans rooting for Pittsburgh? Be still my beating heart.
We could say the Pens need the win also – Philly’s only two points back and there’s no reason to lose home ice advantage for the first round. Sid and Co still have two games vs. the Flyers and one vs. NYR, so any game played against someone else is a bonus where you should grab all the points you can.
In the Battle of the Blog, the Capitals beat the Bruins last night 3-2 in another shitty overtime victory that I’ll take, but don’t like. I don’t like what it says for when we meet teams that can play sixty. Any team can struggle any night, but the Caps do it every night.
This hit by Jason Chimera on Adam McQuaid was the talk of the game. Chimera got tossed for charging, but today the NHL has said no disciplinary hearing will be held. Can Shanahan do videos for hits that are NOT suspended? It would explain a lot more to me.
Chuck is not happy about that. What would cheer her up? How about Nicky B, possibly back in the line-up Saturday vs. Montreal. That’s right – MONTREAL. RENE BOURQUE. Come and get it, punk, we’ll be in section four-oh-something with our elbows up.
Also close to coming back, Jonny Toews. Imagine how cranky he is not being able to play? He’s probably organized every fork in his kitchen by how far apart the times are. With a protractor. The Hawks have won 7-of-10, but Tazer in the playoffs is a whole new kind of hot damn,
Colorado and Calgary have must-win games tonight… against each other. WELP. No guarantee a win will carry the victor into a playoff spot but it’s hard to see the loser of this one hanging on much longer.
Everyone is excited about EA Sports allowing, for the first time ever, a popular vote to decide the NHL13 cover boy. Get the interns on this one! Cast your vote(s) at www.NHL.com/CoverVote, or let the players woo you to their sides. Ton of Twitter chirping = our dream. My favorite:
Uh, Team Claude.
It also looks like the Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophy races are drawing to a close, according to my master plans.
Geno can go till June, thank you very much. Stammer, well, it wasn’t to be this year. But Steven keeps on scoring. He has five goals in his last five games – 55 total, for a career high and Lightning team record. With five games left, could Stamkos get to 60? I say YES. I keep yelling it at the TV. I keep…
So here’s to tonight, as we near the end of the season, and a lot of hockey fans get ready to say goodbye to their favorite teams. If you’re looking for someone to back in the playoffs, allow us to make a few suggestions.