Wednesday, April 30, 2008
In 1992, it was a very good year.
I was 25 and all that entailed at the time. No money, no ambition, lots of fun fun fun. I was a slacker.
Quite a bit of drugs and rock and roll, even some of the sex if I recall correctly. I was poor, stinky and happy. Good times.
The 1992 Stanley Cup finals featured a really quality Chicago club that came into the finals having won eleven straight games. Their opponent was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had won seven straight themselves as they defended the Cup.
I remember a cartoon from just before the series showing two steamrollers heading right for each other.
Pittsburgh ended up sweeping the Hawks - the scores - 5-4, 3-1, 1-0, 6-5
Now with the exception of the Habs/Flyers series it appears we have three steamrollers heading to the conference finals. The Avs have been beset by injuries but even if they were healthy they just don't appear to be in the same league as Detroit. Meanwhile Ron Wilson sees his job slip away and Dallas gets ready to sweep the Sharks. One thinks that there may be second thoughts about a big contract for Brian Campbell and that Doug Wilson may make some drastic changes to this club this summer in an attempt to put them on the path of Detroit (talented playoff failure in the early 1990s) rather then Ottawa. Games one and three might have gone either way certainly but the Sharks look done. Again.
Out east its looking like the Pens are golden. After the first round I figured the Rangers to be the biggest threat to The Crosbies (or is it The Malkins?) and while the games have been close (does anyone remember the 3-0 lead the Rangers had in G1?) mario jr. can talk all he wants about how the series isn't over. Its over. By the way, nice hands by LeGG on his goal last night.
Anyone think the Penguins aren't going to the Final? Anyone think, like me, that they may actually might be even money with whomever comes out of the west? They're a damn talented club.
As for the Habs and Flyers I watched Game 3 and this one is some fun to watch. Interesting to see our hero Patrick Thoresen playing with Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul. I'm sure with Knuble's return tonight he will be dropped back to the fourth line but good on the intrepid swollen balled Norwegian for carving out a role on this club. He is averaging over ten minutes a game in icetime and is on one of the three Flyer PK units. He was actually on the ice for Richards' shortie in game two. Playing on the fourth line his Corsi numbers are terrific, the ice is tilted in Philly's favour for sure. Playing with Richards and Lupul against tougher opposition his numbers aren't as good but they are still reasonable. The kids is effective and on a team with a lot of guys who can score he is a fit. Its like the great glove shortstop who can't hit a lick. Its ok for a team with a loaded lineup to carry a guy like that but a team that has more of an issue scoring might replace him with a guy like Glencross or Brodziak who will also tilt the ice in a good way but will score you double digit goals as well. Thoresen showed that limitation in game three when he had a gimme and couldn't finish it.
No doubt that Stevens trusts him and that he has earned a spot on this team. Its too bad that it didn't work out in Edmonton but the kid has a career in front of him I would say.
The Flyers are a weird team. A lot to dislike, exemplified by the usual Hatcher cheapshot last game. A lot to like, starting with Thoresen and Smith who is a true beauty of a player. He's lost a step for sure but he is out there grinding it out every shift, punishing guys, facewashing, throwing himself in front of shots, bleeding profusely. He's something else and I wonder what some of Montreal's dandy youngsters think when they look at him. Probably a lot of underwear being changed in the Habs' dressing room between periods.
Montreal has looked a step behind all spring and the Flyers are running them every chance they get (notice Richards' sneaky shot on Halak) but if Higgins had scored when that puck bounced over his stick then last game may have gone the other way. All it takes is a bounce.
That and some goaltending.
Additionally - In the Sun today an article that says that a deal with Glencross is imminent (his agent says it will happen) and that a one year deal for Pitkanen is likely as he tried to hit that home run and have a season that would justify a huge longterm contract.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:27 AM