And just what could the caption for this picture possibly be? Maybe Sidney saying: "Holy hockey sticks Batman! Someone else finally scored other than me!"
Hockey night in Pittsburgh was finally worthy of getting up the next morning without feeling despair, and having a certain amount of optimisim for the next game. We knew the Islanders were not going to be lightweights, but then again they aren't that much better than we are.
The pregame ceremony of inducting Paul Coffeey into the Pens hall of fame was a bit on the cheesey side. Not that he had any control over that, but Steigy is as bad an MC as he is broadcaster. :P My question is... why wasn't Mario doing this, instead they show shots of him sitting with Ben Rothinsburger (I know that is spelled so wrong!) up in the owners box. Anyhow, Coffeey deserved this accolade and seemed genuinely appreciative of the praise he received. Oh... and the guy looked to be in -amazing- shape..
So big surprise # 2 of the game was Big George Laraque (BGL) scoring. Sid did this truly -sick- move, spining and out manuevering an Islander player to feed BGL the puck and he slapped it right in the net! Seeing him then body slam the glass was just classic! lol
It was great then to win the game 3-2, with goals by Gonchar (which that goal itself was pretty damn wicked too!), Sykora, and BGL, the fans of Pittsburgh went home happy little hockey fans. It was indeed... a great day for hockey...
Next stop is the other bastards from New York.. the Rangers.. on Saturday, at home. The Jagr haters will be out in full force. Funny enough, FSN is showing a program about Jagr's years in Pittsburgh prior to the game. Yours truly still is a Jagr fan, you have to respect the talent the guy has, despite the fact he is a major boob. I understand why the people of the 'Burgh hate him, after the horrid things double J said about wanting out, and life in Pittsburgh 'slowly killing him', and 'wanting to be where there were beaches and girls'. All that aside, he's still ranks up there with some of the greats of the game, and did help us alot when he was there, that is... when he wasn't nursing his groin. :P I will say I was stunned to learn here in the last few months that when he was playing for the Caps he had a severe gambling problem... but hey, at least he didn't pull a Pete Rose and bet on hockey.
All that said... Let's Go Pens!!!
Peace be with you all.... Flyers suck...
Gawd this photo -rocks- It's from this past January.. but it's why MAF's the real deal