Today the roster for the Russian Olympic team was released. I scanned the list, and saw the usual suspects: Ovechkin. Malkin. Datsyuk. Kovalchuk. Markov.
But no Zubov.
I checked again, but still no Zubov. Why?
Does the Russian GM not recognize talent when he sees it? Is he blind? How could he leave the highest-scoring Russian defenseman ever off the team?
It broke my heart. Zubie is so highly underappreciated, and I hate it.
I’ll still find it in my heart to root for Russia, since I love Ovechkin and Datsyuk, but not as much as if Zubie’d made the team.
Maybe come Olympic time, the Russians will regret their poor decision not to include the great Sergei Zubov…
Because you may never see this side of Brad Richards again. Ever. I found it completely endearing, and I honestly went, “Aww, B-Rad!” during his tirade, in which I’m pretty sure he dropped a few f-bombs. 🙂 But I found it all very sweet. I’m so proud of him!
And I really effing hate Todd Bertuzzi. The fact that he scored two goals makes me sick to my stomach. He’s such a dirty asshole that I was screaming at my TV. B-Rad only took his penalty in retaliation for when Bertuzzo shoved him. The call on B-Rad was an awful one, especially since Bertuzzi probably dove a little on that.
But whatevs. WE WON THE GAME! In regulation, too! And Karlis Skrastins, of all people, played sniper for two goals. It was pretty much amazing.
It was a rather sloppy game on our goalie’s part, but who cares? WE WON. My motto is this: A win is a win, no matter how sloppy.
My Three Stars:
1. Brad Richards- I had to give it to him after that great tantrum he threw. Plus, he had a really good game today.
2. Karlis Skrastins- He had three points today, which is a huge total for him. He played great.
3. Pavel Datsyuk- I’d give it to Bertuzzi, except he exhibited douch-baggy behavior at the end to B-Rad and I’ve never liked him. I like Datsyuk, though. He’s hilarious and he had a good game.
Next Up: Monday vs. San Jose. See you there!
Today is Lehts’ birthday, so let’s talk about how awesome he is and how badly we want him back.
As we all know, he’s a three-time Selke winner, and he could probably win again if it wasn’t for injuries and Datsyuks getting in his way. You know, because Jere Lehtinen rocks like that.
Free agency starts in a week. Will Lehts come back? No one’s sure. I think he will, because he, like the entire team, was probably pretty disappointed with the way the season went, so he’ll give it one more shot. Besides, he might see our need for a right-hand shot, because he’s virtually the only one.
Finn vs. Finn. Seriously, though. Lehts is our only Finn left. He has to come back.
Anyway, Jere Lehtinen doesn’t share a birthday with these people, they share a birthday with him. 😉
…and a whole lot of people I’ve never heard of.
I feel like being a critic, so I’m going to grade the guys’ fashion from the awards the other night.
First up, is Alex Ovechkin:
I like this one. 🙂
I love his tie. I just like his entire outfit. It’s an improvement from last year’s red tux thing. I love that little smirk he’s got. It makes him look even more studly than he already is. I’m glad that he took home the Hart. Is it just me, or did Geno look a litttle mad that Alex won the Hart? I don’t know what that’s about, so whatevs.
Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Evgeni Malkin, Former Stars, I Hate Sean Avery, Mike Modano-Wannabes, Minnesota Wild, Ovechkin vs. Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Penguins, Red Wings, Washington Capitals
Tagged Alex Ovechkin, fashion, nhl awards, Pavel Datsyuk, zdeno chara
So Ovie’s keepin’ the Hart. Can’t say I’m surprised. I thought it was a great show. I thought it was hilarious how that big-time Mike Modano-wannabe, Patrick Kane struggled to open the envelope. Poor kid looked really flustered. I also thought it was funny when Tim Thomas asked Manny Fernandez if he should thank his wife for him. I loved when Ovechkin said that Malkin’s English is better than Pavel Datsyuk’s. Classic. Datsyuk was hilarious as usual. I know I should hate Datsyuk for being a Wing, but I love the guy; he’s a total stud. I think it’s because he’s Russian.
Anyway, here’s the list of winners:
Hart- Alex Ovechkin
Lester B. Pearson- Alex Ovechkin
Selke- Pavel Datsyuk
Lady Byng- Pavel Datsyuk
Norris- Zdeno Chara
Adams- Claude Julien
Calder- Steve Mason
Vezina- Tim Thomas
And I think that’s all the important ones.
I thought it was silly of Ovechkin to say that the Caps would win the Cup next year when the Stars are obviously going to be the 2010 champs. Wink, wink. 😉
Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Mike Modano-Wannabes, Ovechkin vs. Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Penguins, Red Wings, Stanley Cup, Washington Capitals
Tagged Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, nhl awards, patrick kane
The big question tonight is whether the Hart Trophy will go to Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin, or Pavel Datsyuk. All three are amazing players, so this’ll be a tough one to call. I think that Ovie has the edge over Malkin and Datstuk, though. The Hart is supposed to go to the player deemed most valuable to their team. That’s where Ovechkin has the edge.
Is Malkin that much better than Sidney Crosby?
Would Detroit be a complete failure without Datsyuk?
The answer to both questions is, “No.” Washington would not be as good a team without Ovechkin. Bruce Boudreau is a great coach, but he wouldn’t be as good if he didn’t have Ovechkin. He makes everyone around him better- his teammates and opponents.
And, he might have won the Art Ross, but he missed a few games, and Malkin didn’t. In those few games, Ovie probably would’ve had those four extra points to beat Malkin. Alex Ovechkin is the best player, no question.
Besides, anyone who has the nerve to do a fire-stick celebration like Ovechkin did is awesome in my book. 🙂
Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ovechkin vs. Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Penguins, Red Wings, Washington Capitals
Tagged awards, datsyuk, fire-stick, hart trophy, malkin, ovechkin, sidney crosby