Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bitter reality

It was easy to get caught up in the false bravado and wishful thinking when the Canadiens announced Dustin Tokarski as their starting goaltender for Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final.  After all, Tokarski had championship credentials at the Memorial Cup, world junior and American League levels, Alex Galchenyuk was returning to the Montreal lineup and the Canadiens would be galvanized by the injury of Carey Price.  But losing your best player at the most important position on the ice is virtually insurmountable - moreso when the guy at the other end of the rink is at the top his craft, which Henrik Lundqvist is right now.  In an otherwise evenly-matched series, it's as unrealistic to expect Tokarski or Peter Budaj to outduel Lundqvist as it was for Tampa to ask Anders Lindback to get the better of Price in the absence of injured Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop.

Now that the Bruins are out of the playoffs, CBC is going to have to find a new "Canada's team".  My guess is they'll go with Chicago, because Joel Quenneville and Chris Versteeg both used to play for the Leafs and Bryan Bickell comes from Bowmanville, which is practically Toronto, given southern Ontario's urban sprawl.

Someone has to call an announcer staff meeting at Hockey Night in Canada and decide once and for all whether it's Nathan Bull-you, Boo-lee-oo, Bowl-you or Cat Ballou.

If you miss Rene Rancourt, try the Howard Johnson's cocktail lounge in Framingham.  You probably should get there early if you want to hear "Volare" or "Feelings" without a pronounced tequila slur.

With the spring and summer wedding season upon us, here's a tip from the newly published Milan Lucic Book of Social Etiquette: when going through the reception line at a wedding, don't tell the mother of the bride "I'm going to fucking kill you next year."  The same applies when receiving communion from your priest or being introduced to the Queen.

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