I already booked a flight and a hotel for Game 5 Friday night. Dare I ask if I’m even going to need it?
OK, maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but the psychological factor alone of that late goal is huge. I am very interested to see what happens on Tuesday. In fact, I’m very interested, period. I don’t know how many times I turned to a colleague and said how good a game this was today, although I’m fairly certain I was somewhat annoying in that regard. But what can I tell you, I’m new at this.
Among the post-game tidbits:
This all would have probably been only a small note if not for the fact that after the ensuing face-off, Avery and Brendan Shanahan connected on the game-winning goal.
“I was just counting to see how many people could give me the finger all at once. I stopped counting at 20,” Avery said when I asked him about it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If anything that sort of stuff gets me pumped up more than anything. I was having fun with it. I said to (Thrashers center Eric) Belanger, who I played with for five years, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis is what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been waiting for.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun. This is what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to do.Ã¢â‚¬?
“The puck wasn’t sitting still,” Matt Cullen said. “There wasn’t a lot of completed passes.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think everyone knows thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got to be,Ã¢â‚¬? said Avery, who was run at by Kovalchuk but did not respond. Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to take it for the team. The teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always first, even more so than in the regular season. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tough at times, but I think the team that does that more usually succeeds.Ã¢â‚¬?
Oh, to have my own private plane. I’ll be sure to check in tomorrow during my 15-hour delay at the airport.