They raised No. 19 to the rafters in Montreal last night, honoring one of the best ever to play for the most storied franchise in the league. For a full helping of Larry Robinson, check out the coverage from the Four Habs Fans. There were also some games played.
Did they win one for the Gipper? No. The Canadiens were apparently somewhat overwhelmed by all the pregame hoopla, which was a bad thing as they had to take on the Senators. By the time the Canadiens recovered at intermission, it was 2-0 and it was too late. Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, and Chris Neil chipped in with a goal and assist of his own for the visitors.
Big Apple Fried Rice. The Rangers and Islanders squared off in a game that was broadcast in Chinese. Maybe Gary Bettman isn’t so crazy with that whole “growing the game internationally” thing…no, he’s crazy all right. Rick DiPietro got career win No. 100 in the 2-1 Islanders victory.
A Placenta Fell to the Floor. That always happens in these Lightning/Thrashers matchups. I hate that. Funny story: I used to date a girl from Terre Haute, Indiana, which means I spent a little more time there than anyone really should. That song came on a Terre Haute radio station…and they actually bleeped out the word “placenta.” Apparently, that’s just a little too harsh for little Jimmy and Jenny Cornfield’s ears. You know what was too harsh for the Lightning? Brad Richards taking an ill-advised penalty in OT. Todd White scored the game-winner for Atlanta.
Home and Home. The Blues and Predators, fresh from a shootout battle Saturday in Nashville, hooked up again in St. Louis. They should do more of these. The Blues won again, 2-1. Paul Kariya powered the offense with a goal and an assist. The Blues have now won four in a row, all against division foes. The Blues also have killed off nearly 20 straight power plays in that span. David Legwand played the entire game for Nashville with his skates on the wrong feet, or so it appeared. He missed at least three easy tap-ins, and took a terrible holding the stick penalty at the end of the game.
I’m Tired of Writing About Washington Sucking. They still lost to the Panthers at home, but at least they put up a fight, mounting a third-period comeback that fell just short. The incomparable Olli Jokkinen scored twice for the Panthers.
Simplicity. Kings. Stars. A 3-0 win. Some guy named Mike Smith (obviously an alias) had the shutout for Dallas. Watch your back, Turco.