I’ve been very late in replying to some great comments regarding the team having less points than last year as I’ve just been reading them now, almost a day later.
The problem was, I was over on Vancouver Island getting my eyes checked. I had surgery on my left eye last year but things have started to get blurry lately. Heck, sometimes I can’t even see clearly all the bad passes, bad penalties, and lacklustre play. So I finally had it looked at. It turns out my eye is swollen and inflamed on the inside and I have to take some steroid drops for several months. And if that doesn’t work, they’re gonna shove a needle in my eye which the doc says is risky business.
But this is why I remained quiet after you sent in some great comments.
The Habs need this game tonight against Vancouver in so many ways. And even though the injuries continue, it should never stop everyone else from playing hard, playing pissed off, forechecking like they’ve never forechecked before because this causes turnovers which is a beautiful thing. Hit hard, skate hard, get the jersey soaking wet. Kick ’em in the teeth and groin. Talk trash. Tell them their mothers wear army boots. Fight them in the pre-game warmup. Shoot lots. Offer to take on the whole bench. Remind them they’ve never won the Cup.
I want to see these guys all business tonight. They’re the dark subject of newspapers, radio, TV, jokes, blogs, the watercooler, bus stops, maybe even when Hab fan couples are making love. We’re a disappointed bunch. (Imagine what it would be like to be Leafs fan?) But if we see a big effort, we’re more forgiving.
No one likes to be criticized round the clock. So how can they fix it? Play like it’s the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. Play in a foul mood. Play like you’re not going to take it anymore.
And start by beating Vancouver. But be careful with the Sedin’s.