Last we talked I was a little annoyed with Derek Roy for what I felt was an egregious display of puck bunny pandering. What can I say? Six points against the Leafs will earn anyone a little slack, especially a hat trick that consisted of one of every kind of goal - even strength, power play, and short-handed. I was listening to the game on the radio (I had a long, ugly battle with Sopcast before I finally convinced myself that I wanted to hear Matt Barnaby call the game) so I won't pretend like I was getting the full picture, but based on the highlight package I saw, I can say the Tiny Terror was buzzing, creating some havoc, and earned atleast a couple of his points through sheer hustle. That's the Derek I love. He was so brutal in the playoffs that I think a lot of fans forgot that he was very good in the regular season and terrific in the previous playoffs, particularly against Ottawa. All the youngsters have been saying the right things about stepping up and filling roles, but Derek is clearly chomping at the bit to get some extra responsibility on and off the ice. If he eases up on the whining a bit, he'll be aces. (Heather B's official prediction: 26 goals, 58 assists.)
It's really too bad that we don't have any offense. Poor Ryan will have to keep us in every game!
In other news, Jay McKee broke his foot. Oh, Jay.