Pre-Playoffs a Good Taste of the Real Thing
A Little Over a Month Left in the Regular Season - A Good Time for Molson on Tap.
Maybe it's the anxiety, the thrill, the intense play around the League because of the post-season chase, but pre-playoff hockey can get almost as intense as the real post-season, and sometimes it involves a team with "nothing" to play for ...
The first period of the Minnesota/L.A. game we watched tonight was wild. (no pun intended)
I sat and watched it with an old family friend, Rich Stetson, at Brian "Bugsy" Watson's sports bar/restaurant in Alexandria. The Bruins' charter landed about 3:45 this afternoon, we proceeded to our digs in Pentagon City, and then I headed out. Bugsy is famous for having his face rearranged on a few occasions. He's the typical face of old-time hockey. Bugsy, I remember him with the Wings, played for awhile in Washington as well, and when his career was over, one of his business endeavors was to open a bar a block from the Potomac. Great pizza! The bar sits in Old Town Alexandria, and the second floor section has some amazing hockey photographs. A solid 2 foot by 3 foot portrait of Bugsy himself on one wall, a lot of action photos from around the League, and in the far corner, a great 2-foot by 3-footer of Gordie Howe with a darkened eye and about 14 stitches on his forehead.
Richie spent a year or two at Milton Academy and then played hockey (might have been club team then) at Trinity College in Hartford. The team student manager at the time was Andy Brickley's sister. Rich's brother Matt played hockey at Colby. Their parents and families are old timers from Massachusetts for generations. Matt actually played in the World Pond Hockey Championships last week in New Brunswick and didn't realize for quite awhile that Rubber Biscuit was there shooting. (speaking of maybe one too many Molsons, ha ha)
Detroit Does Boston a Favor
The main game we watched was Detroit at Buffalo, which the Wings won 4-2. That keeps the Sabres 5 points behind the Bruins and in the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference. They showed the updated standings, and what jumps out, B's have at least 2 games in hand on all of the play-off contenders. Couple sweet highlight goals by Detroit by the way, and not from the usual suspects. Check out NHL Network's On The Fly Final tonight late or tomorrow for the packaged highlights.
Even Savvy Veterans
I learned a long time ago not to get cocky, but even so, I'm constantly reminded what a dolt I can be. We're all human. If you think you're perfect, you need to take a long look in the mirror and probably attend counseling. On-air and off, I've made just silly, brain-flatulation-like decisions and comments lately. Thank God none involved brain surgery and no-one got hurt. But it's always good to be reminded of our inadequacies and that we can always be smarter/better.
If Claude Julien isn't at least a finalist for the Jack Adams Award this year, they outta just throw the darn thing away.
Big test at Washington on Monday night, and then we'll see you at the Garden on Tuesday against the Cats. Mailbag next time around. All the best.