And … boom goes the dynamite.
After jumping out to a one-goal lead in the first – on a Jack Skille shot from along the boards which probably shouldn’t have even squeaked past Flames’ goalie Mikka Kipprusoff – the Flames scored seven straight. Want any more of a recap than that?
– On days when I spell John, I typically watch the game live and then watch it early the next morning again so I can pick up things I may have missed the first time through. Didn’t do that this time. Couldn’t stomach it.
– About the only good thing to come out of last night is those Lemonhead commercials with Toews and Kane. Not so bad.
– Speaking of commercials, one of my favorite commercials in years is that cell phone commercial – I forget the company – where the doctor is checking out the very recently injured football player. The commercial begins with the player telling the doctor, ‘I just got your email. I’m out for the season?” The doctor turns to the player and with a big smile says, “Oh yeah, I just switched to [phone carrier x]; I get unlimited emails.” I usually watch that commercial three to four times when it comes on. (Yes, it was that kind of a game last night.)
– Who thought a Pisani-Kopecky-Brouwer combination was a good idea anyway? There’s no doubt in my mind that this team has the best chance to win when Patrick Sharp is the second line center and Dave Bolland – who should probably be an Atlanta Thrasher now – centers the third. Case closed.
– I think we usually do a good job being objective with our thoughts on this site, but when effort becomes an issue, all objectivity goes out the window. Last night, the Hawks cruised through at least the second half of the contest, so all bets are off. The fourth line did a decent job to play its role; Viktor Stalberg and Kopecky hustled; and that was about it. The defensemen were horrible.
– If tonight turns into a beating, I think it’s safe to say the Hawks are in trouble. They’ve already dug themselves a decent hole – and it may start to be so deep that it will be difficult to climb out of.