Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It Can't Get Worse that Blowing A Three Goal Lead to Suck-Lanta. Right?

I had hope. For the first 2 periods they had me going. Seemed like last year, with rookies chipping in (BTW, we like Matt, a lot. Buh-bye Sergei.) and our best players leading the way. Several players - far too many - who looked completely uninterested all season finally looked interested. Big Tits drove to the net and -surprise! - was rewarded. Pleks worked hard as usual, but I saw some dipsy-doodling, which he does when he's got confidence, and was rewarded. (It's interesting that this is unlike Kovy, who does it when he's slumping. Someone needs to remind him that to score you need to shoot.) Markov played like he wanted to take the Norris from Nik Lidstrom. Carey played like everyone but brain-dead Carolina fans think he can.
[Interlude: Which reminds me, take a look at your goalie there, buddy: People with Cam "Flop" Ward in their crease shouldn't be throwing stones at any other team with a young tender. Especially when your young goalie is being outplayed by a guy who wasn't even good enough to make our minor league team. OK, rant over.]

Then hope evaporated again. Turned from liquid to gas in 59 seconds flat. 59 seconds out of a Three Stooges movie. Or Laurel and Hardy's "Who's on first?" bit, except it was "Who's On Thornburn?". You could see even calm-as-a-Hindu-cow Price was pissed on that third one.

Carbo kinda/sorta at least thought about calling a time-out, then didn't. And you know what? I hope Koivu - or Kovalev, or whomever is supposed to be the leader on this sinking ship - whet to Coach and said something like this:

"Don't call a timeout, we need to kicked these fuckers' teeth in. Guys, what the fuck are we doing not winning against the Thrashers? A team that is in LAST PLACE in the NHL. A team with lame-ducks owners and a hopeless GM. A team who's best player will be traded within the year because he's certain to leave that crappy franchise when he's a free agent. A less talented team than us, and a team we should be beating in our sleep!"

I hope they said something like this, and I hope that blowing that lead was a turning point, a wake up call, a "insert cliche here", because Atlanta sucks. I can't stress that enough: Atlanta sucks and there is no good reason to blow a three-goal third period lead at home when you are firmly in control.

But I have hope, that they'll turn it around, play interested, play as a team, win. My most cherished hope at this point, though, is hope that the above picture isn't prophetic.


HabsFan29 said...

"Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man."


Man, it's like he was a Habs fan

Atlanta sucks and there is no good reason to blow a three-goal third period lead at home when you are firmly in control

which only goes to prove the length of our own suckitude

Panic Mode said...

In terms of points per game we are 2nd in the conference and 4th in the NHL overall.

We are only one win behind the Bruins.

And the Bruins will fade.

HabsFan29 said...

@Panic Mode - you are not living up to your name

futuremrsrickankiel said...

About that 'Canes fan article: no article about talented young goalies not living up to their potential is complete without mention of Andrew Raycroft. Sigh.

Oh, and I'm fairly certain that if pretty-boy Kovalev was giving the "let's get fired up" speech, it was something along the lines of "please... help... me... score... goal... can't... find... net..."

HFF33 aka Panger said...


First: Rick Ankiel? Really?

Second: point taken re: Raycroft. You could throw good ol' Jim Carey in there too. And Justin Pogge is next in line.

Third: I can almost hear those words escaping Kovy's lips. Nice.

gillis said...

wow that canes fan really is braindead. He's complaining about how Price gets publicity and Toews and Kane don't get as much. um... didn't chicago start televizing their games again only last year cause no one gives a shit about the bhawks.

Someones got to tell him that miracles don't happen everyday.

Have patience or you'll end up like the leafs.

shit sun!!

ps I now hate canes fans
and yes, I refer to him has Jesus Price

futuremrsrickankiel said...

look, ok... the nom de blog was coined when Ankiel was still a sad sack toiling in the Cards' farm system. It was "cool" and "insider" at the time... not things I usually have the good fortune to be.

Ah, yes... how could I forget about Carey? Living proof that the 96-97 Bruins were actually cancerous to everything they came in contact with. I'm pretty sure that was the year I learned how swear properly.

Grrrreg said...

I read that cans blog article about Price when they published it, and I don't think it's nearly as bad as you make it sound. He doesn't argue the fact that Price is good. He's just saying it's a little soon to give him the Vezina yet. That's something I agree with.
nd about Cam Ward, the guy who wrote the article precisely said that Ward was a good example of a once promising goalie not living up to the expectations so far.

Anyways, I'm just nitpicking here, because I once again liked the rest of the post. And I'm hopeful, too.