When I was in high school, kids in my neighborhood played a lot of street hockey. There was a guy we'll call Tommy Z., who was a very good athlete, good hand-eye coordination, quick feet, but he had no real hockey skill to speak of. I hated playing against Tommy Z. I felt like I should be able to beat him just by sheer force of will and superior talent, but damned if Tommy Z. didn't out-hustle, out-hack, and pretty much neutral zone trap me to my wit's end every single time. In the words of Pascal Dupuis, "F--- you, Tommy Z." You know where I'm going with this. The New York Islanders without Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo? That team the Penguins played Wednesday night was kind of like Tommy Z. with a missing leg. The Penguins actually managed to lose to a hopping Tommy Z.
|Tommy Z.? Is that you?|
- I had a bad feeling about the game and the streak when Bob Errey dropped this beauty about Crosby during his pregame rambling: "I'm even starting to wonder if he's the greatest player to ever play the game." Bobby, you just lost your spot on Mario's wing in the Winter Classic alumni game.
- One of Errey's "Tips to Win" on Wednesday: "Finish the Year Off." Really? That's one of the tips to win? That's right up there with, "Remember to Breathe" and "Wear Your Skates."
- Rick DiPietro is still in the league?
- You really need to know where Josh Bailey is on the ice at all times. [Ed. Note: I'm a little bitter about this loss.]
- The Penguins are terrible at penalty shots. 0 for the last 12.
- It was difficult to watch the Pens' squander a magnificent shootout goal by Geno. When he jumped over the boards, I think I shouted, "For once in your life, Geno!" And he shook DiPietro so hard that the oft-injured Isles' goalie ended up in the corner. It didn't matter, in the end. If you didn't have an uneasy feeling watching Robbie Schremp take his turn against Fleury, you don't know anything about Robbie Schremp.
- Yeah. A bit of a one-trick-pony, Robbie Schremp, but his one trick is embarrassing people on penalty shots. In the end, the Penguins probably had the very same thought I used to have after a game with Tommy Z.: At least we got out of here with one point.
Additional thoughts on last night's episode of 24/7, after the jump...
- I get lost sometimes in Brooks Laich's eyes.
- Can you imagine Penguins' fans chanting "We want the Capitals" and "Ovechkin sucks" during a game against some other team? Me either.
- Hockey players sometimes need stitches. They frequently need X-rays or some other kind of medical attention. We get it.
- What was going on with Brent Johnson and the sleeveless Christmas sweater? He was clearly jockeying for some camera time there, but, sadly for him, was completely upstaged by the quite humorous Benny Lovejoy.
- Telling his players they should finish checks against Geno because he tends to retaliate was the first intelligent thing I've heard Bruce Boudreau say. Sure, it's an obvious point to make, but Captain Hot Sauce has set the bar pretty low for himself, wouldn't you say?
- Who would you say cried more during the course of the Penguins game against the Capitals, Crosby or Alex Ovechkin? Let me answer that one for you. Ovechkin. Crosby does get penalized for having a higher pitched voice.
- GTOG doesn't pick on children.Terrible form. But I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Bruce Boudreau's eldest son looks like (gasp) Mike Green.
|Proud of you, son.|