Holy shish kabob!
That was one of the best playoff series I have ever seen. Not as good as Rangers-Devils in ’94, which was the best one in my opinion, meaner, crazier, three double-OTs, that wild ending of Game 7 regulation and a wilder ending in double-OT. That’s another story for another day.
1) Whatever I tell you here is going to be pretty obvious, I fear. None more than this: Jumbo Joe Thornton was freakin’ Godzilla. Did something amazing almost every shift.
2) I hate it when people put “can’t” labels on guys or teams. They did it to Bossy-Trottier-Potvin in the late ’70s. They did it to Raymond Bourque. Hey, players and teams fail. Sometimes they fail until they succeed. Sometimes they go on to win a bunch. Sometimes they never get the ring. But “can’t” is a word that shouldn’t be thrown around as much as it is. I think this San Jose team can.
3) I also hate it when announcers ask players about silencing the critics or the doubters. Shut up. That’s just so stupid. And players who use it — the NY Giants were loaded with clowns like that the year they won, and I’ve even heard high school athletes, boys and girls, talk about proving people wrong, or “nobody believed in us.” Shut up.
4) Pavel Datsyuk. Said it the other night. I wish I could watch him play 82 games plus playoffs. And he was hurt. My God.
5) There was all this talk and speculation about Ryan Clowe returning for the Sharks. I had no idea, to be quite honest, how important a player he is. Seriously.
6) Maybe the Antti (Em) Niemi deal will turn out to be the best trade of the whole 2010-11 season. Guy’s tough.
7) Boy, that Dany Heatley — based on what I saw in this series — is Gaborik-like in his own end sometimes.
8) You really do need a puck-mover/scorer on the back end like Danny Boyle, don’t you?
9) It sure helps to have talent and grit and heart and experience and all of that. But both the Sharks and Red Wings sure do have outstanding coaches. Guys who get it. Guys who keep it together. Guys who, you get the idea, have complete confidence in their players, and vice versa.
10) These first two rounds, you couldn’t ask for more. Too bad there are only three series left.
11) Bad job by Versus (what else?) to miss the handshake between the captains.
12) Well, I guess there really is no momentum carried over from one game to the next in a playoff series. Hate to say I told you so. But I told you so.
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, above.
By the way, I love the Metro PCS commercial where the guy yells, “Holy shish kabob!” … and that was my first remark in this post, and then I put the photo in and realized that there was a Metro PCS ad in the photo. So I’m waiting for a check.
Hope to get after the second-round predictions contest results at some point today.
Also, sorry this went up a little late. I wanted the Winter Classic post to be up when people went online this morning, in case they missed the news last night.