The jerseys, man. (Look, we went over this yesterday, we’ll get to the hockey. Gimme a sec here.) Those black Canadian jerseys. Thoughts:
* Wait, did I say inoffensive? Because they have a Nazi armband, which is probably the opposite of inoffensive. I can’t think of the word…non-inoffensive? I’m sure that’s it. Anyway, you gotta go with two arm stripes, or none. You can’t wear a Nazi armband in international competition and expect not to get called out on it. Not cool, bro. Not cool.
* Imagine you’re Matt Duchene. You’re going to play in the friggin’ Olympics for the first time in your life. Wow. You’re getting a regular shift beside Getzlaf and Perry. You might have one game to prove you belong in the lineup and not the pressbox. And if it doesn’t go perfectly and you end up scratched, you may not get back in. Coaches rarely changes lineups after wins. So this might be your only Olympic game, ever. In your life. Here’s your black jersey with a Nazi armband, kid. Just like you always dreamed.*
*Note: yes, I’m aware he likely gives zero sh**s about the sweater.
Just let me pretend it’s a thing.
Corey Perry’s hand-eye coordination continues to stand out amongst a bunch of dudes with great hand-eye every time I watch him. To set up the Shea Weber’s goal he hand to knock down a cross-ice pass at knee height with one hand, which wasn’t a problem (then holy pineapple mittens did Shea Weber capital-b Bomb that). Yesterday he made a play where he knocked the puck out of the air. He’s scored multiple baseball-style goals in the NHL. Keep an eye out for it – I’m guessing dude didn’t strike out much in Little League.
P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene were basically forced into the role of “frequent healthy scratch guy” today, and it’s a crippling way to play if your strengths are on the offensive side of the puck. Coaches notice when their fringe guys turn the puck over, so all they want them to do is play safe. But if you’re specialty is creating offense, you have to take some risks. So you’re in a situation where the coach expects you to produce risk-free offense. Good luck with that. In the first period, both Subban and Duchene dumped pucks in, which you almost never see from them in the NHL. But you know they got to the bench and got their butt-pats for their Good Ol Canadian Smart Hockey. Read the rest of this entry »