What? Hockey already? It’s only been a week, for gawd’s sakes.
Tonight in Kanata (an old Native word meaning “place to the west of the village where people wear suits and get time off for every single holiday invented,” the Canadiens hope to make it four in a row, and I have full faith they’ll get the job done unless all that home cooking and domesticality during the week took the edge off.
Punch Imlach and Eddie Shore would be rolling over in their graves about this home sweet home business.
I suppose I should just say the game is in Ottawa, because they are the Ottawa Senators that the Habs tackle on this Friday night, but the rink is in Kanata, which is way outside of Ottawa, west as the crow flies. Way west.
When my friends Heather and JW, who live in Orleans, which is east of Ottawa, set out for Scotiabank Place in Kanata, they must fill up three jerry cans of gasoline and have a survival kit handy in the back seat.
The Senators are presently playing well, which has surprised most. But they lost the other night to the Bruins, and that’s always a good thing. Except for the part where Boston won. Now the Senators meet Montreal having lost their last game and work on keeping those seeds of doubt from entering their minds.
Montreal has been playing as well as Ottawa lately, and please, when all you hear are TSN and Sportsnet guys going on about the strong play of Ottawa, phone or email the stations and remind them that there are two teams out there and the other one that nobody’s mentioning deserves some respect.
I’ve yet to hear how Scott Gomez injured himself. It could be an upper muscle strain caused by the weight of his wallet but I’m not entirely sure.
And speaking of whom, I dug up this old quote from a Rangers site called Scotty Hockey, and here’s what he had to say about Scott Gomez after Rangers GM Glen Sather somehow managed to get Bob Gainey to take Gomez and that contract off his hands. I especially liked the part where he says “no more smiling after losses.”
“Scott Gomez is gone.
While I won’t take back all of the bad things I have ever said about Glen Sather (Wade Redden is still a Ranger), this definitely lightens my outlook. And for him to get back a return – any return – for Gomez is just stupefying. So this is why he is in the Hall of Fame. Wow.
No more smiling after losses. No more attacks aborted by a moronic offsides. No more skating into triple coverage to dump the puck five feet away and run for the bench. No more Scott Gomez.
Oh happy day.”