Pens And Canucks On Brink. And A Nutty Russian Story
April 15, 2012 in Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, NHL playoffs, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks Tags: Evgeny Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pavel Datsyuk, Sidney Crosby, Viacheslav Fetisov
Strange but true. The Vancouver Canucks, first overall during the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, with two of the world’s best players in their lineup, are on the verge of being swept. But I can’t even laugh. My team didn’t even make the playoffs. But still.
It was bad enough when Marc-Andre Fleury and his team allowed eight goals to the Philadelphia Flyers the other night. But to do it again tonight, losing 8-4, is just plain weird. Are the Flyers that good? Is it that easy for them to throttle Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and the rest? So much for my prediction about Pittsburgh going all the way.
The Canucks fell 1-o in Los Angeles, their third straight defeat, and I recall just before the series began, in a Vancouver paper I think, the question being asked – will the Kings win one game or two? Hah. Los Angeles has smog, but Vancouver has smug. Or had smug. I think that may have evaporated sometime after game one.
Nashville nows leads their series against Detroit two games to one by beating the Wings 3-2, and although Detroit lost, Pavel Datsyuk scored one of his patented brilliant goals, if it’s any consolation. And Florida evened their series at one with the New Jersey Devils with a 4-2 win if you’re interested.
And speaking of Detroit and New Jersey…….We were in a restaurant this morning in Los Angeles and the food was good and there was lots of it, and Denis from Russia mentioned that it’s no wonder that restaurants in the US serve so much food, because American women can’t cook as well as Russian women. I asked where he got that nonsense from, and he explained that he had read it in Viacheslav Fetisov’s book.
Fetisov, who was a great defenceman for Red Army and the Soviet National team, came over to America and played several years for both the Devils and Detroit.
Denis said that in the book, Fetisov wrote that when his NHL teammates would come over to his house, Fetisov’s wife would cook up a big fancy spread, but when he went to his teammates’ homes, the North American wives mostly just served sandwiches because they weren’t great in the kitchen and ate in restaurants instead.
This really upsets me. Fetisov made about $200 a month playing in Russia, and became a millionaire in the NHL. Then he went back to Russia and slammed North American women and our lifestyle. I told Denis that it was all bullshit, that our women can cook every bit as well as Russian women, and I hope he believes me.