And with one game, the Stars gave us hope. This last win before the Olympic break against Phoenix was arguably the best game of this season. The Stars played like they wanted it, and sure the Coyotes were tired and not in it, but the Stars just made them look even worse. It’s games like those that can make a team, make a winning streak. I’m bummed that the Olympic break had to happen, just when the Stars look like they could start a streak.
Anyway, here’s some thoughts I had from the game:
-Obviously the James Neal hit on Petr Prucha was a big story from the game. In my opinion, it was a clean hit that resulted in a freak injury. The glass sucks in Phoenix, so that was probably a contributing factor. It’s unfortunate that Prucha was injured; concussions are NEVER a good thing. What was dirty though, was the way Phoenix retaliated. Somebody tell me how the hell Shane Doan did NOT get called for charging. He was waaaay out there when he stared to come toward Neal. Then Jovanovski went after Neal and had Nealer not seen him coming, Neal could have been seriously injured. It was almost Bertuzzi-like how the Coyotes were after the hit…
-Speaking of Neal, after that game, I just loved him more. You can add the Phoenix Coyotes to the ever-growing list of teams that hate James Neal. Our Nealer is a truculent fellow, eh? 😛
-How about Marty Turco? I just love the competetive Turco we used to see in the Mike Smith days. If this Turco is the one that plays the rest of the season, then I love Kari Lehtonen. Because the new guy in town is bringing out the Turco we know and love. Our goalie situation is the best it’s been all season.
I also just wanted to say how bad I feel about that luger who died, Nodar Kumaritashvili, of Georgia. I am, however, happy that he died doing what he loved. RIP, Nodar.
Now let’s forget about our wonderful sport of hockey for a little while and go watch the Winter Olympics. Then, obviously, we watch the Olympic hockey and have fun.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!