"Now if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, poise counts! It's just as important as the others. Swimsuit! Evening wear! Talent! POISE!"
- Coach Cosmo Kramer
At first glance TFS and my numbersake would appear to have nothing in common. Ken went to law school in the off-season, Carey goes to the rodeo. Carey has been known to get emotional (when he's not totally chill), while Ken was as stoic as me the day after a meth binge. But Carey is developing the one quality I always felt made Ken great. It's self-confidence, it's calmness in the face of adversity, it's composure, it's POISE. And POISE COUNTS! I'm not sure if Carey has the swimsuit and evening wear portions down, but he always had the talent. Now he has developed the poise. He's halfway to Miss America as long as his doves aren't murdered. Let's recap his performance against the Stanley Cup-contending 'Nucks:
- Canucks get a 3 on 1 while the Habs have a 4 minute PP. Let that shot hit him in the CHest. POISE!
- A Sedin breaks in all alone. A blocker stop he makes to look routine. POISE!
- Habs defense falls apart in the last couple of minutes, Carey makes one save after another to preserve his shutout. POISE!
- Carey has the puck on his stick and an open net 200 feet away. Sure, he'll calmly shoot the puck to try to score. POISE!
- Carey receives the Molson Cup for October and the cameras zoom in on his barely-hit-puberty Movember 'stache. He doesn't even blink. POISE!
Vodkov. Played easily his best game since his return. Forget his goal (though it was nice to see), it was his old calming influence on the ice that seemed to return. You know, poise? It's like, don't worry about it, I'll get that pass to you. Don't worry about it, I'll calmly clear the puck or take care of it in my own zone. Don't worry about it, I'm returning to form. Let's hope.
The CzeCH Connection. There has been much complaining about Hamr and SpatCHes so far this year around these parts. All of it deserved. But last night they returned to the solid pair they were a lot of last year. JM matched them up with the Sedins at every chance, and the duo helped to hold them to zero shots through the first two periods. And I could have sworn Hamr scored a goal on the PP, but that must have been a hallucination.
The CoaCH. Of course you could never tell from outward appearances if JM was poised or having a coronary, but he (or Muller, or Pearn) coached the hell out of that game. Great matchups, solid game plan. It wasn't firewagon hockey, but hey, it's a W. And even a strategic timeout!
The centers in the faceoff circle. I don't care to do things like "research" or "easily click over to a game summary to see the stats" but I swear we must have won 65-70% of the draws. And it seemed to be all of the centers. You know what you need in the faceoff circle? POISE!
The PK. That was the leading PP in the league? If you say so. Habs' poise in the face of 4 opportunities for the Nucks was off the poise charts.
Chris Lee. He was almost competent. A huge step up.
Of course, it wasn't all poise and puppies for the Habs last night. Despite the goal, we continue to have PP issues. That 4 minute one was beyond embarrassing. We continue to have zero offense, whether on the PP or otherwise. I could nitpick about a couple of other things too, but I have too much blogger poise to put a damper on this one.