Full disclosure: I love John Tavares to the fullest extent that I allow myself to love any Canadian. So…. less than all Czechs, Victor Tikhonov, Swedes, Finns, Danes, Germans, Swiss, anyone that plays for Team USA, and Geno. But more than any other Canadian, minus Doan. BUT STILL.
So back to the game. I haven’t been blogging lately because 1. work has been busy as hell 2. I fell asleep during the game last night 3. I feel like I’m not doing anything other than serious bitching about the team and I hate that. I wouldn’t want to read that.
Imma be positive. I hope.
WE DID NOT LOSE THE GAME BY MULTIPLE GOALS!!!!!!!!! The game against the Ducks started off last night in typical, terrifying fashion. But the guys were able to get their lives together and tie it up before Boeds and Gagner scored in the shootout. Gagner has been quiet, what the hell has he been up to?
Tonight, the goals dried up, but holding a good Islanders team to 1 goal isn’t wretched. In related news, HOLY CRAP, THE ISLANDERS ARE 5TH IN THE EAST?!?!?!?!?
Another positive: The team kept studmeister John Tavares from doing damage. It seemed like Oliver was matched up against that line and did well. There were a few times that JT91 put the moves on people not named Oliver, but what can you do? He is a scoring fiend.
Mike Smith was alright. The goal the Isles scored wasn’t unstoppable, but Smith kept the Yotes in the game all night. The Isles did get a ridiculous breakaway on the PK and Clutterbuck was ALL ALONE coming in on Smith and everyone was all
But luckily it was Clutterbuck and not someone handsy and the breakaway pretty much ended like this:
The Yotes had five power plays to try to get one in the net to no avail. So that wasn’t super. The PK was ok. Rough night for Marty and Gagner in the faceoff circle. Matt Martin was hitting the shit out of Murphy all night. Hard. Bad. No bueno. Poor kid.
Just a kinda all around MEH game. But it could have been worse!
First star of the game:
Olli tied Yandle, each having 4 shots on goal to lead the team. Plus, it was his bobblehead night! His bobblehead gets to have a little Hockey Fights Cancer patch!!!
SERIOUSLY FORWARDS, SHOOT THE PUCK. You know who shot the puck? Vrby. VRBYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Second Star of the Night
With there being only a handful of Danes in the NHL, it was cool to see the Great Dane (Frans Nielsen) and Baby Dane (Boeds) playing against each other. Frans had the only goal of the game, making Denmark the second star of the game.
OMG DO YOU KNOW WHO ELSE IS FROM THE LAND OF THE DANES?!?!?!!? MY FAVORITE DANE:
Third star of the game:
Times are hard!
Never fear, there will come a day when happy times will be here again. There will be goals. And defense. And a goa…… JK, we’ve always had that issue, it’s like in our DNA.