There's good news and better news about the Canadiens. The good news is the Habs don't have to face New Jersey in the opening round of the playoffs. Not only do the Devils routinely own the Canadiens, but they do so in painfully dull fashion, as befits New Jersey's conservative but undeniably effective style. And therein lies the better news: as daunting a prospect as it is to play Alexander Ovechkin and the league-leading Capitals, Washington is infinitely more likely than the Devils to play a run-and-gun style of game that suits the Canadiens. I'd also rather take my chances against the Jose Theodore/Semyon Varlamov goaltending tandem than face Martin Brodeur.
That brings us to the Canadiens goaltending debate, which will reach a fever pitch (or more feverish pitch, if that's possible) in the days leading up to Game 1. Jaroslav Halak has been the better goalie in the big picture this season but his and the team's struggles in the past week give coach Jacques Martin legitimate grounds for shaking things up by opening the post-season with Carey Price. My gut says Price, even though I've championed Halak for most of the year. Just glad I'm not the one who has to make the call.
-Phil Mickelson is the only three-time Masters winner who hasn't lost the underdog's charm. He's got a clubhouse reputation as a loner and a phony but if that smile and the disposition he shows to the public aren't genuine, he's an even better actor than he is a golfer.
-I didn't hang on his every shot so I'm not saying it didn't happen, but not once do I recall hearing someone yell "Get in the hole" when Tiger Woods was putting.
-If Tiger is getting back to his religious roots, as he claims to be, why did he say "Jesus Christ" when he flubbed a shot on the back nine yesterday? Shouldn't he be taking Buddha's name in vain? I wonder if the Dalai Lama flings his putter into the water hazard and yells "Siddhartha Gautama!" when he misses a gimme for par.
-Disgraced home run king Barry Bonds says he's "proud" of fellow drug cheat Mark McGwire for returning to baseball in a coaching capacity. That's not a whole lot different than Al Capone saying he's proud of John Dillinger for breaking out of prison to rob more banks.