Even Carey Price's most ardent advocates have to admit at this point that the jury is in and the verdict is unanimous: the Canadiens' best hope for making the playoffs is with Jaroslav Halak as the go-to guy in goal. What was already consensus before this weekend is now abundantly clear after Halak was stellar in back-to-back wins over the Devils and Rangers on the heels of another shaky performance by Price in Wednesday's loss to the Blues at the Bell Center, where Price was beaten twice in the first four minutes and lost the game on a soft goal in overtime. If Price needs to play to sort himself out, let him do it in Hamilton.
-I don't know how many times Jean Beliveau had to drop the gloves during his junior and NHL career or how he acquitted himself as a pugilist, but if the man can beat cancer and survive a stroke in his golden years, he presumably was able to handle himself in a hockey fight.
-The running feud between Rangers coach John Tortorella and New York Post hockey writer Larry Brooks was not revisited Saturday at the Bell Center, where there was huge potential for a typical Tortorella explosion after the Habs blew out the Broadway Blueshirts 6-0. Apparently, Brooks skipped Tortorella's post-game news conference in favor of player interviews, which was probably a good choice on his part after the way he was mocked by Tortorella two nights earlier. Both of these guys need to get over themselves.
-There was a lot to like about the way the Indianapolis Colts didn't blink despite trailing by 11 points in the AFC Championship Game against the Jets. Composure in the face of adversity is one of those intangibles that wins championships, and the Colts had it in spades.
-From a storyline perspective, it's too bad Brett Favre and the Vikings came up short against the Saints in the NFC, but I love the Super Bowl matchup. I don't even know yet what the over-under is, but take the over.
-Kelly Kulick, who became the first woman to win a title on the men's pro bowling tour Sunday, says she decided in Grade 5 that she was going to be a professional bowler. That seems awfully early to give up on your other dreams.