Mike Spellman of the Daily Herald seems like a decent guy. He’s not exactly Scotty Bowman when it comes to the NHL, but he seems decent enough.
On the other hand, I have plenty of idiosyncrasies, including a dislike for the improper use of the word, “literally,” which means “in the strictest sense.” So, when I saw the headline “Blackhawks literally painting town red,” I thought, “Wow, this is an odd time for Hawk charity work.”
There was no charity work; no one was actually painting a town red. Spellman was merely commenting on the popularity of the Hawks during the playoff run.
Just Wingin’ It
Matt at OntheWingsblog.com responded to my partner John’s absolutely ridiculous assertions that the Wings could be tired following a grueling seven game series and that Chris Osgood is “mediocre.” Matt responded, “Okay. These people have no. fracking. clue.” (“These people!?” Whaddayou mean, “These people!?”)
I’ll let the first bit slide. There’s just no way to know whether the Wings are actually tired or if it will affect them.
The second is laughable. Chris Osgood – he of the .887 save percentage and goals against average over three during the regular season – is not a premier goalie in the NHL, though it would be difficult to comment on that for folks in Chicago who saw Ty Conklin five out of six games this season due to Osgood’s inability to grab the starting job during the regular season.
With that said, Osgood is a playoff performer. Though he’s rarely, if ever, asked to carry the Wings in the playoffs, he’s routinely performed well enough to win. While I wouldn’t expect much less than that from the man affectionately known as “Ozzie,” it’s a wonder how the Wings’ goaltending went from “drab to fab” in four weeks.