Sunday, February 21, 2010
... but I must break it for this - GO USA. Yes, I know it wasn't a medal round. Yes, it's not the most important game we've won since the 1980 Miracle, but it's the first time we've beaten Canada since the '60s, and we did it with the support of Ryan Miller. I am not a Buffalo fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the next time they come to Philips, he's getting some love from me - and hopefully from everyone else there.
Yes, America was outshot, but I don't think that we were outplayed. We're rough and tumble, and we really made our chances count. BTW, did anyone else have Brian Rafalski pegged for the beastly performance he's put forward? My God. Color me impressed.
Babcock, well... this is just showing that maybe he's not the coach everyone has him pegged for. Excellent, yes, but he's made some questionable calls - such as having all of his SJ players out there at once in a clutch situation, or like starting Brodeur again after his performance against the Swiss. If I were a Devils fan, I'd be really concerned for the playoffs. Bobby Lou'll probably be in there for Canada against Germany the next game.
Speaking of that - yes, Canada doesn't get the bye going into the rounds where stuff counts, but isn't playing Germany basically like getting a bye? We all know that the next big matchup'll be Canada v. Russia, and if NBC doesn't air THAT one on a network that comes in HD, they deserve to have the league airing rights stripped. It's embarrassing that such an outstanding game like the one tonight was shoved off onto MSNBC in favor of ice dancing. As a hockey fan, I'm insulted.
Posted by Laura (aka Hildymac) at Sunday, February 21, 2010