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Mesmerizing….

….Thats how they described it on TV…. The 5-2 win of Team USA Hockey over home town favorites Team Canada.  Can’t say I can argue much.  It was pretty mesmerizing.  We watched a young team with no notable NHL superstars, skate circles around a team with all the big names like Crosby, Thornton, Nash and Iginla.   And that’s not to mention watching them out pass, out skate and out score my own personal favs like Perry, Getzlaf, Neidermeyer and Pronger.

I was having a horrible time reconciling the fact that my favorite NHL players were jumping ship to play for other countries.  Yeah, yeah….I get that they are all from other places and they want to play for their home country, but it still feels like dissertion and downright abandonment.  I pay their salaries here in the States.  There should be some loyalty!  (Mike continues to remind me that only girls think that way….There is no loyalty in professional sports.)

When I saw Corey Perry and then later Scott Neidermeyer take a cheap shot at one of the US players I was pissed off.  I’m still pissed off.  Listen up Team Canada….  you’re my NHL players….making a living playing for my team….living in my country….getting paid with money from my season seat fees….. You shouldn’t be swiping at the underdog-ish kids that stood up to defend their country (…the one you BAILED on).   And these are the kids the big boys play with every single game of their professional careers.  The kids that are on their own NHL team!   Okay…I know…I know….I’m being ridiculous.  There are no “manners” in Hockey much less in a rivalry like this.  I get it.  It still sucks. 

I didn’t have much hope for the US team actually.  (I shouldn’t say that out loud.)  I never believed that you could throw together a bunch of guys who have never played together and have it turn out the way you’d like.  Maybe it’s because I’ve watched the Ducks struggle with team synergy over the last two years and can barely complete a decent string of passes as a result.  So this time I have to eat my words.  I guess it speaks to Burkie’s amazing ability to assemble an unlikely group of kids that just work together brilliantly….  

But at the end of the day, it was some sort of divine retribution.  Watching Rafalski, Orpik, Parise, Langenbruner and little Bobby Ryan stand up my “old” favs at the blue line made me feel much (MUCH) better about the whole thing.  How well, hard and fast they played together surprised me and even better, it surprised the Canadians!  It was the best game I’ve seen since the Stanley Cup finals when the Ducks won.  I was on the edge of my seat with some of the best Hockey EVER. 

Who knows what will happen next week, but for now, I’ll take it and enjoy every bit of it.  😉

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Random Game Commentary by H0ck3yg1rl…

Random Game Commentary
Current mood:   relieved
Category: Sports

Game Play by Play….from H0ck3yg1rl…

1st Period

  1. Hey CP got a haircut….thank god….the last one was HIDEOUS!!!   Ouch… looks like he’s swollen and in a lot of pain….nice suit…..I bet he’s a BIG baby at home…wahhh…someone bring me some chocolate milk….with a straw….  I bet Francois didn’t ask for chocolate milk when he broke his jaw last year….
  2.  …Way to go little 11…. 37 seconds….my favorite time of the game…. (Schneider almost makes me forget about Andy…..I said ALMOST…..)
  3. 7?????     7???  Where did that come from…..Bergeron who……???
  4. Ebbett….   Here today….gone yesterday….
  5. How do you get a game misconduct for not having your sweater tied?  COME ON YOU SILLY ZEBRA’S…  THAT’s THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH?????
  6. I love you Todd. …….BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…..
  7. Prediction….Phaneuf gets….well…uh….how you say….pounded?
  8. OMG…Kiprusoff….award for best drama in a hockey game…
  9. Yes…yes…yes…. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
  10. Why do Zebra’s continue to ignore Phaneuf…. ???
  11. Oops….spoke too soon….
  12. Yap….yap….yap….yo momma…..yap…yap…yap….
  13. Poor little Phaneuf…….bye-bye……(see 7)….  

End of the 1st

  • SOOOOOOOOO tired of the McMahon commercial….ugh

2nd Period

  1. Where has Iginla been….haven’t seen much of him today…
  2. Go Georgie…GO!!!!
  3. Oh….there he is…. (see 15)
  4. DAMMIT….where did Phaneuf come from….I thought he was tossed……
  5. I am continually reminded that I don’t understand all the rules of hockey, despite having read the rule book, have season seats and speak fluent Finnish.  (Okay…that last part was a lie.)
  6. PP….
  7. I’m missing Bertie.
  8. If Mike says “Calgary ain’t goin’ down easy” one more time I’m going to scream.
  9. Whoa…..two on one…….yes…yes…..nooooooo……

End of the 2nd

3rd Period

  1. What is wrong with Corey Perry today….
  2. Nice hit Getzlafffffffffffffffffffff!!!  Ouchie…..
  3. Brian Hayward is only 5’10″….how is THAT possible…..
  4. TURNOVER…GAH….
  5. Whoa….Giguere save on a beautiful one on one from Phaneuf.   Penalty in the process….I never saw that one.
  6. I can’t watch….
  7. 30 seconds…..29…..28……
  8. Phew……

End of the 3rd

Crazy.