Excuse me for a second while I say a little prayer before I get down to pondering the game tonight.
Dear Lord. I promise to love most of mankind. I’ll take in stray animals, give to the needy, clean up garbage on highways, even make the bed. Whatever You ask.
I’ll be as good as I can be. I promise.
As long as You make sure Sean Avery never wears the sweater of the Montreal Canadiens.
Now, pondering the game.
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?
They blew a 3-0 lead in the third period to one of the worst teams in the NHL, then went ahead 5-3, then allowed another goal but won by the skin of their teeth 5-4.
How bad is that? And Robert Lang, even though he scored the fifth goal, missed a close-in empty net which you, me, Elisha Cuthbert, and my three month-old grandson could’ve hit.
Mixed in with the ugly was some fine stuff. Matt D’Agostini scored his very first NHL goal. Alex Kovalev played well and notched two assists, but still no goals in 14 games. And Andrei Kostitsyn grabbed a goal and two assists on a night his younger brother Sergei cheered on from the press box. (I’m assuming he was cheering. Maybe he was moping.)
But man oh man, they’ve got to start looking better than this. This is going on for far too long. Yes, they’ve won three of four. But yes, they’ve also stunk while winning.
It’ll turn around when Alex Kovalev starts scoring. That’s my official line, which I’m sticking to.
Throw Sean Avery right out of hockey. I hope Dallas sucks up his salary, drops him like a bag of cement, the NHL suspends him for the rest of the year, and the league and Player’s Association band together to block him from even playing in the minors with any NHL affiliate.
You heard his rehearsed comments. They were stupid and immature. He crossed the line. He offended Elisha Cuthbert, Rachel Hunter, Dion Phaneuf and Jarret Stoll while the cameras were rolling. Why, I’d like to know.
This guy is a real nut.
Surely his family is embarrassed by him.