Monday, November 30, 2009
Kick Those White Mice and Baboons Out
That game qualifies as "wild and woolly."
- First things first. I hated to see what happened to Vokoun; I was honest-to-baby-Jesus pretty freaked out by the sight of him lying on the ice not moving at all and then getting carried out on a strecher. Compatriot Ondrej Pavelec looked quite concerned, I noticed...whether that had more to do with sympathy for a fellow Czech goalie or with seeing an opportunity to mind the net for the Czech Republic in Vancouver, we'll never know. I kid, I kid...
Distressing to see, no doubt, but it turns out Vokoun just has something called an "ear laceration," which doesn't sound career-ending or lethal, so hooray!
- Speaking of the Vokoun injury, it occurred just after the most hilarious goal in Thrashers history. I know you all saw it, but why not remember the scene, together: The Czar streaks in on a breakaway and shoots. Vokoun denies him, Ilya looks frustrated, the fans in Philips Arena go "ahhhhh" and scowl. But then everyone, including the Czar, notices that the puck is still loose. Not ONLY loose, but sitting in an opportune place. Kovy hammers it in, the crowd that was there (this time it was quite sparse, but hey, what do you expect for a rainy Monday night game against the Panthers in late November?) explodes, Ballard kills Vokoun.
- I don't mean that. The fans who were heckling Ballard all night are actual morons. That's not to say that what Ballard did wasn't reckless and stupid, but shouting insults at a guy consumed with holy dread just makes you a sub-garbage asshat.
- There were times in the game where the Thrashers looked pretty sloppy and couldn't get the puck out of their zone.
- There were times in the game where the Thrashers looked dominant and sharp and puck-handled like God. The passing was extra-alert; every shot, even the missed ones, was excellent.
- Maxim's game-winning goal was sweet, but it was a direct result of Evander Kane's sheer relentlessness. The kid doesn't give up. He carried the puck deep into the Panthers zone, dodged big clawing felines left and right, battled for the puck along the boards, and got it to Antropov for a killer pass to a perfectly-placed Afinogenov for the winner.
So, yeah. Evander Kane. He's pretty cool.