If Glen Metropolit’s shoulder separation is fine now and he’s back in the lineup for game three at the Bell Centre, then things just got slightly more back-breaking for the fancies on the Washington Capitals. Metro’s a blue collar guy, a guy who makes life lousy for others around the league by digging deep, working hard, and being a bit of a tough hombre as well.
With Metropolit punching the clock, maybe Nicklas Backstrom will be so ordinary he’ll barely make Pierre McGuire salivate. And on top of Metro’s fine work ethic, he’s also been a surprise on the power play, notching ten big ones for his Habs with the man-advantage. It’s like having a goalie who can play defence on a delayed penalty. (Which really did happen – Don Head Plays The Blueline ).
I know about shoulder separations. I had one once, when I had the longest hair on the Byers Bulldozers Orillia Midgets, and I remember that it seemed to take forever to heal. But of course, I didn’t have the great Habs physio staff working on me. All I remember is, when summer rolled around, I couldn’t get my curve to break.
But Metro’s healed, and if you don’t know the story of his unusual and difficult upbringing, you can always click here Metro’s On The Team Too and find out.
Big game number three coming up. Keep doing what you’re doing, boys. Except for the part about blowing late-game leads.