October 06, 2005

Hockey is back!!!

Quick notes and thoughts:

Last night, every player in the NHL wore a special patch on their sweaters. After the first period, they all changed and the game-worn jerserys will be auctioned off at NHL.com to raise money for hurricane relief.

Alexander Ovechkin is scary-good.

His first NHL check was so fierce it dislodged a support beam. He refused to let his team lose, twice answering with goals less than 90 seconds after the opponents took the lead. And when his face appeared on the large scoreboard, he stuck out his tongue and flashed a charismatic smile.

The Halpern-Zubrus-Ovechkin line is clicking, with Zubrus picking up the Capitals third goal and an assist, and center Halpern dishing up three assists.

My favorite "duh" moment was when one announcer asked the other if he noticed that the team didn't seem as sharp or as quick as normal and what could be the reason. His answer? "They haven't played in fifteen months!"

Here's your sign.

Posted by Ted at October 6, 2005 11:49 AM | TrackBack
Category: Balls and Ice

Eh, they've been playing for weeks. I think they were dizzy and disoriented from the ridiculous pre-game Ice Capades act. Did they show that on tv?

Posted by: nic at October 6, 2005 04:33 PM

We have a new TV play-by-play guy for the Avalanche who, once he realizes who's on what team, will be just fine...

Hot damn, hockey's back! I don't have to suffer through another winter pining for Sunday.

Posted by: Derek at October 6, 2005 05:32 PM

Nic, they didn't show the pregame. So far, I think the NHL has hired the promotional team that Burger King uses. I'm expecting "Where's Herb" to start airing any day now at various rinks.

Posted by: Ted at October 6, 2005 07:20 PM
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