I don’t have a lot to say, or much time to say it.
Because, simply, I didn’t see the game last night, and because I couldn’t find a Rangers in 60 (only a Boomer and Carton in 60).
1) If you’re ever in that situation and can’t find a replay (the game was being shown at midnight, but there was no way I could have stayed up to watch it), NHL Network’s On the Fly does a great job with highlights. It might take a while before they get to the game you want to see, but once they do, they show all the goals, all the fights, some of the great saves and close calls, and anything else of interest.
2) Larry Murphy was talking about how good a player Brandon Dubinsky is, and how much better if he can add offense. He’s on pace for what, 70-80 goals this season? Obviously he’s going to dip sooner or later, and that probably means he’ll go a while without scoring much at all. I want to see the reaction of the anti-Dubinsky folks around here when that happens.
3) I only caught one glimpse of the Kovalchuk head shot against Fedotenko, which in Russian translates to “please try to cheapshot my cranium.” Do you guys think that was a suspendable offense? Seems to me that Joe Thornton got off lightly, and that that piece of Carcillo should be suspended, and that Kovalchuk’s was the textbook head shot that the NHL is claiming it is trying to eliminate. But until the NHL actually, you know, does something about it, it’s all lip service.
4) The Devil Dogs really are a mess right now.
5) The highlights I saw didn’t really tell me about the Avery factor, so maybe you guys can. Was he on his best behavior, as usual, at the Rock?
6) Looking ahead, I think they’re running the Marathon in NYC tomorrow. So if you’re planning on going to the game against JD’s Blues, expect major traffic.
Me, after a football double-header last night, I have three games today and two more tomorrow.
For you NHL fans who live locally, New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk, a first-round pick in 2007, was called up by the Colorado Avalanche and played his first NHL game Thursday night. Here’s Sam Borden’s story about that.