Isles Get Thumped In 3D, But Moulson’s Hair Is A WinShareThis
A few blogs back I asked the question “I wonder which team has played (against) the most back-up goaltenders this year?” I figured there’d be some correlation between that stat and the standings. Well, our friend Wychwood crunched the numbers for us. Check out the answer (bottom comment) here.
Last nights 5-0 Islanders loss at the hands of the Rangers was broadcast in 3-D, as I hear a lot of sporting events plan to be in the near future. I don’t even get what that means…. do you have to wear glasses? Have a special kind of TV? See it at an IMAX?
Whatever steps you need to take to make it work, thank god I didn’t take them last night. 5-zip in the Garden? At least us Isles fans got this far without having to wish for next year. Time to bring out the old 4-0-1 forecheck, entertain the fans and lose every game, methinks.
Player insight: y’know what’s horribly frustrating? Taking a good, long run at a guy – usually a defenseman – trying to pound him into the glass, but the guy gets pressed up against the boards so not only is there no loud sound, but you bounce off him the other direction like a trampoline. That’s really frustrating.
It’s hard to tell if a guy is a good coach when he’s got Washington’s roster. Or the ones Al Arbour had. Or some of Scotty Bowman’s, Phil Jackson’s ….guys like that who’ve had stacked teams.
There’s something to be said for recognizing you have the most talent, and generally backing off to let them do their thing. You stay valuable by being less involved, and letting the talent flourish organically. You know a guy like Tortorella could never coach a team like the Capitals, cause he wants to do too much. At the same time, we never really got to see Bowman/Arbour/whoever make chicken salad out of chicken s**t, because their rosters were already chicken salad…. weren’t they?
Anyways, that was a bit of a detour to get to “I wonder if Bruce Boudreau is a good coach?” I’ma text college teammate Jay Beagle who’s got some games with Washington and try and get an answer for us.
You know those young kid hockey players that are so cocky that you wanna break their $200 Synergies over their skinny little necks? Like, by the age of 12? Some of them are so crazy good that it’s hard to put them in their place.
Well, my theory is that those kids (as hockey players go) have a huge advantage. Guys like myself, or my buddy Charlie Kronschnabel (Syracuse) weren’t exactly thrillers at a young age. We were good and got better - we worked on the game until we were valuable enough players, but we were never the best player in our towns growing up. There’s still bits of doubt coming from that.
Those cocky little bastards have the advantage because hockey takes a crazy amount of “f**k-I’m-good” to have the puck with your head up, move and think quickly, but stay relaxed. When you see guys make a play in the NHL and think “I wouldn’t even try that in rec league”, it’s a good chance that dude’s still got a healthy amount of “f**k-I’m-good” in him.
Can I get a ruling on Matt Moulson’s hair? I mean, I myself was once a proponent for “hockey hair”, but homey’s kinda taken it next level on me:
Actually…….. actually, it’s sick. I just made up my mind without your help. Either way, I’ll leave the picture there for you to enjoy.
In looking for a long-hair pic of my own, I came across one that touches yesterday’s visor topic as well (full length article on that in THN next week). In college, I would come home for summer hockey visor-less, and take my cage off. My mom, being the ever-intelligent woman that she is, protested constantly. She offered to buy a visor, if I’d just wear one. I agreed.
I took the visor money and went to the sports store I worked at. With my employee discount, I noticed that if I got the crappier visor, I could buy that basketball I wanted too. So, I did.
The problem was, the crappy visor looked crappy. So, before I went out to use it, I took it off my helmet with a dime from my pocket, intending to go get the good one before next time out. Here’s the resulting picture, courtesy a Mike Ridley (the ex-NHL one) snapshot in shinny, demonstrating both my slightly longer hair (it got real bad at one point), my need to be in a Rocky movie, and the fact that NOT WEARING A VISOR IS DUMB:
Happy Thursday. Take some time to enjoy your unshattered face.