You have to love the afternoon game, if only because it relieves the tension of deadline.
A couple of thoughts:
So much for the laissez faire officiating of Game 1. Of the three calls against the Rangers, only the Brendan Shanahan high-stick appeared justified. And I didn’t even see the hooking call until Alexei Zhitnik until they announced it on the P.A.
Question of the day: Was Johan Hedberg to blame for Sean Avery’s goal or do you chalk up to just a horrible bouce? I suppose you have to ask whether a goalie is always instructed to try to get a jump on a puck being dumped into the zone, or if he should wait until he knows its going to get behind. Something to follow up on….
One important note: I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from many of you, which I honestly love. If you don’t get a response back it’s not because I’m a complete jerk but because I’m having problems with my e-mail. It basically has to do with my inbox being so full that it won’t let me respond. Pathetic, yes. But you’re talking about a guy that almost forgot to vote for the Hart Trophy.
Either way, it’s something I’m working on correcting.
And speaking of pathetic: in an effort to thwart John Dellapina’s imminent mockery of me, I’ll instead mock myself. Yes, there was a piece of pasta that rolled off my plate at lunch, and onto both my shirt and pants. Yes, there is now a big stain. No, I am not new at this whole eating thing.