For most of my life I watched hockey games in the east at what I thought was an absolutely normal time – 7 or 7:30 in the evening.
Then I moved out west and now the games are on at 4 or 4:30. And this seems absolutely normal.
Now, with the Habs in California, these 7 and 7:30 games seem so ……..late.
Of course, they’re 10 and 10:30 in the east which is definitely too late.
Does any of this make sense?
Habs in Los Angeles after falling to San Jose a couple of days ago. I have a friend who’s not only an LA cop but also a big Habs fan. I wonder if he’s there?
The first period in this land of the palm trees ended in a 1-1 tie, which is slightly disappointing. It would have been a Habs 1-0 lead if Glen Metropolit, who usually works extra hard, had not had Kopitar blow by him late in the frame to tie it for the Kings. Ryan O’Byrne fought a nice little fight which is great to see even though the guy he fought was a foot smaller. I’d like O’Byrne to be a big, tough, nasty hombre, so fights are good. As long as he wins them.
My Lazy Synopsis of the Second and Third Period because I have to get up at 3:30 a.m.
Dominic Moore blew a long shot by the LA goalie Jonathan Quick to give the Habs a nice, little 2-1 lead, then Pouliot drove one home. LA eventually got within one and put some serious pressure on the Canadiens in the last five minutes until Tomac Plekanec put the thing on ice. Good guys 4, LA 2.
Huge win after losing in San Jose and the boys claw their way back into a playoff spot.
It’s down the freeway to Anaheim, where not only our old friend Saku Koivu now toils, but also a bunch of gold medal Olympians, including Scott Neidermayer, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry. Then there’s Americans Ryan Whitney and Bobby Ryan, plus Teemu Selanne and Koivu from the Finnish team. And goalie Jonas Hiller was outstanding for the Swiss.
So what I’m driving at is this; Habs are up against a tough team Sunday. But it’ll be nice to see Koivu. Even nicer to see a Canadiens win.