After a week or so of playoff games there is one thing that I have to admit, I find very, very disturbing. Every time this thing happens I cringe and it threatens to remove me entirely from the game. Here it is: NHL crowds do not seem to understand the proper time to jeer the opposing goalie.
You cannot jeer a goalie when your team is putting on a lot of pressure but he's making all the saves.
You cannot jeer a goalie when your teams scores but is still losing.
You cannot jeer a goalie when your team scores but has merely tied up the game.
You cannot jeer a goalie when he's lying on the ice because one of your players ran him over, knocking over his helmet.
I might have been exaggerating a little bit in the opening paragraph but this really does bother me. Marty Brodeur made a string of excellent saves and even though the Rangers didn't manage to get a puck past him, they started chanting his name. Ummmm, guys? He just shut you down. When the Ducks scored their first goal in Game 2, they started chanting "Tur-co! Tur-co!" Hey, Ducks fans? You were still losing. And also, that was the FIRST GOAL YOU'D SCORED ON TURCO IN THE SERIES. Tonight the Senators poured the pressure on Fleury and even though he stonewalled them, they started chanting his name. When they actually scored later in the game? Nothing!
You jeer if the goalie gives up a softie.
You jeer if the goalie is getting destroyed.
You jeer if the goalie seems to be losing his temper or his composure.
It's not that hard, people. Let's straighten this out before the next round, okay?
(Hey, guess what? I'm going back to work tomorrow! That's right! The long national nightmare is over!)
(Oh, also, Mark and I are thinking about buying a house but we're in need of a realtor. If any of you are realtors or know a realtor you like enough to recommend, drop me a note at the email address to the right. We're particularly interested in the city so someone who's familiar with Buffalo would be nice.)
(One more thing. That Senator that came out on the ice before the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game tonight and gave his inspiring speech was the most awesomely hilarious thing I've seen this postseason. Thanks, Ottawa!)