Friday, March 6, 2009

Tim Connolly is Good at Hockey

-- You guys, I'm not sure what to make of the team we've seen the last two games. Granted, Phoenix is not exactly a powerhouse but wow, we look completely different than we did in the few games before the deadline. Much more confident and much feistier. Definitely makes you wonder if there is something to the theory that players get tense and stressed around trade deadline time. When we talk about trading players here and there I think it is easy to forget that for them it's not as easy as getting on a plane and flying to a new city. In some cases they're leaving cities and teammates they really love, there's a ton of logistics to think about and it's even more complicated for players with families. Does the family come with you? Do they stay put until the end of the season? If they stay behind how do you help the kids deal with not seeing Dad very much for a while? During one of the intermissions tonight Kevin Sylvester mentioned Shane Doan talking about how hard it was to tell his little boy that his best friend's dad, Derek Morris, had been traded. That kind of thing would never cross my mind but it probably does weigh heavy on the players' minds. Now that that's officially behind them, all the guys who were surrounded by rumors can just relax and play hockey.

-- Tim Connolly was a-mazing tonight. When MSG showed the replay of Andrej Sekera's goal and zeroed in on Timmy looking back at Sekera before the face-off, setting him up in a certain spot and then pulling the puck back to that exact spot? I might have swooned. I'm sure somewhere in the world Bucky Gleason was telling someone that well, sure, ANYONE can score 4 points against PHOENIX. Because he's a doof.

-- Speaking of swooning, most people who have read this blog for any length of time know that there's nothing I love more than good penalty killing and tonight was full of it. I have to admit I really didn't know much about Dominic Moore but quality penalty killers? Are a-okay with me.

-- It'll probably be pretty quiet around her until Monday. I have a busy weekend lined up, some of which I'll probably blog about later. I'll almost surely be missing the Ottawa game tomorrow but hopefully we keep our momentum going and actually beat them. Please?

5 comments:

Lee Andrew said...

I think Jennifer showed him how to play.

Heather B. said...

Lee, I'm sure that's it.

Anonymous said...

Vanek is better at hockey.

His return is the difference between sub-mediocre and a couple big wins.

Heather B. said...

Anonymous, it's close but I'd put Connolly a little higher. Vanek is a better goal-scorer which is part of the reason the team is so much more successful with him but I think Connolly is a better all-around player. I'm certainly don't think you're crazy for putting Vanek on top though.

Ebscer said...

be glad you missed the ottawa game...