Saturday, February 13, 2010

New England & Olympics

Despite working for what seems like the past 4 weeks, I have had no time to sit here and work and blog. So depressing. But today, I have a spare few moments to post some thoughts.
The Predators are in up in New England making fools out of themselves. Starting with a loss to the Islanders. Yes, the Islanders. Because Erat took a dumb penalty in the last minute of the game. We did beat the Rangers, who were Gaborik-less, so I'm not insanely impressed. Ellis played lights out in that game though, so mad props to him. Last night we fell apart in the third period to hand the Devils a 5-2 victory. I didn't see the whole game, but man did Suter and Weber look weak in the third. Hopefully that play doesn't continue into the Olympics. I want Shea to bring home that gold medal, and he won't be if he plays defense like that. Rinne (and some blown coverage) also provided Kovalchuk with his first goal as a Devil, which apparently is a hat trick in New Jersey...weird. Hats were on the ice, and I was thoroughly confused. Jacob and I both agreed that Ellis should have started after his solid performance against the Rangers. Guess we'll see what Trotz throws out there against the Pens on Sunday. Not looking forward to that game, but I'll be at work, so if it's a massacre at least I'll avoid it. Goc may return Sunday, while Smithson is questionable. Wilson is showing fire, and I am so glad he got called up. I really love this kid and hope they keep him around.
The Olympics started last night amid tragedy. A Georgian luge athlete died during a practice run yesterday morning. NBC showed the video of the crash several times (which I thought was pretty distasteful). Needless to say, it was hard to watch. I couldn't help but bawl my eyes out. That poor kid was only 21 and he died trying to live his dream. Thoughts and prayers are with his family as they try to deal with this horrible accident.
I haven't seen the whole ceremony yet, so I can't comment on that. I did go through the broadcast schedule to find the events I wanted to watch. Hockey, figure skating, and speed skating are all going to be filling up my DVR for the next 2 weeks.
The Preds aren't back on home ice until March 2nd. It seems like a long time, but the break is doing me some good. Catching up with school stuff and staying focused is never a bad thing. It's good to have a break from the thing you love every now and then. It's especially good with the way they've been playing. It's not worth the stress, and some of the enjoyment has been taken out of it. So I'm trying to bring everything back into perspective. Hopefully this break will allow me to do that.

Maybe I'll do some Olympic blogging....
Although from the looks of it, I've sucked at even keeping up with my Predators blogging.
Sorry to all my loyal readers. :P


  1. I'm relieved that I haven't seen the footage of that poor kid's luge accident. It would probably give me nightmares :(

    Fans were throwing hats on the ice for one Kovalchuk goal? Seriously?

  2. Too bad the Preds couldn't take out a few more of the Atlantic teams besides the Pens.

    Devils fans are morons. The NHL Network guys said they threw the hats "because they had hats and they were happy." Why is that supposed to make them look less stupid?