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Ovechkin And Gaston Both Have A Big Day

Because this is a hockey blog, I should mention that Washington, with Alex Ovechkin scoring a pretty goal, won a big 4-0 game against the New York Rangers- minus-Sean Avery-because-he’s-been-a-jerk-and-deserves-to-sit, to close the gap to 3 games to 2. I didn’t see this game however because I’ve been driving like a madman all day and am now two hours north of LA in a place called Pismo Beach which is a nice little resort town with a lot of surfboard shops and oyster bars. We came down from San Francisco through Monterey and Big Sur, and although the scenery is spectacular, IT TAKES ABOUT A MILLION FREAKIN HOURS TO DRIVE THROUGH. So we stopped at Pismo Beach and will carry on tomorrow.

I would like to mention though, that Gaston has been a gem of a traveller, except for that night when he made the hotel maid scream. He hardly ever complains, sleeps a lot, and has had only one request the whole trip. He wanted to see his old homestead, the place that brings tears to his eyes when he talks about his old friends and the Christmas’ they all enjoyed and all that. So what could I say? I couldn’t say no. So I took him there, and he was pretty well overcome with emotion. It made my heart swell. So here’s a couple of photos of the momentous occasion which made Gaston so happy. Who says you can’t go home again?



Boston Puts The Habs Out Of Their Misery

We sat in a sports bar in Redding, California, waiting for the game to start, when in walked the two fellows we met in Oregon, one who proudly wears the shirt and hat of the Montreal Canadiens, and his son. And at exactly 4:10 Pacific time, the bartender told us he can’t get the game on TV afterall.

I should have known things weren’t going to go so well.

But the four of us booted it back to our hotel room, where I promised everyone we’d be able to see it on CBC online. So that was good. Until CBC online wouldn’t let it happen, and we listened on the radio instead.

We listened as the Habs lost again, 4-1 to Boston, and are now finished for the season. We listened as Michael Ryder, once a proud Hab, scored twice for the team who now wants him. We listened as the post game phone callers were divided between blowing the team up, and the ones who are proud and faithful fans and there’s always next year.

The Bruins carry on, deservedly so, and they have a nice team, a team which could go far. Maybe if the Canadiens were healthy, it could’ve been a bit of different series. Maybe not. Who knows? Maybe if Carey Price stood on his head? But Carey Price isn’t ready yet. It’s all maybe this, maybe not. Regardless, The Canadiens were no match for the Beantowners in this series.

I’d like to give a big congratulations to the Boston Bruins and their passionate fans. It’s such a great rivalry between these two teams, and it gets heated not only on the ice but with fans and bloggers too. But imagine what hockey would be without a rivalry like this. It’s healthy for fans, and for the game. Because behind every argument, every expression of hatred, every disagreement, there’s a beautiful rivalry nurtured and honed over many years. And rivalries are a good thing, not a bad thing. Boston fans hate the Habs. Habs fans hate the Bruins. Is that so terrible? Do you want a Woodstock out there? A little peace and love, flowers in your hair? No way. This is hockey. War.

Random Notes:

What does Canadiens management do in the off-season? There’s ten UFA’s to deal with. How can things can turned around? Who will coach? Will Carey Price rebound? Lots to do. C’mon Canadiens brass, don’t put us fans through this nightmare again.

The two fellows who came to our hotel were great. Steve and his son Max. Steve is a cop in LA, played junior hockey for various clubs in BC, and regaled us with tales from a cop on the beat. Imagine, 22 years with the Pasadena force, collaring bad guys. Steve now plays hockey in a policemen/firemen league in LA. And son Max, who’s 20, is on the wrestling team at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Really good guys. And Steve, like me, is a bit of a hurtin puppy right now.

Hey CBC. How come I can see games online in BC but not in California? What’s up?

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