Ted Bird Archive
The NHL didn’t just dodge a bullet last night. It dodged an intercontinental ballistic missile with a thermonuclear warhead capable of blasting the league the rest of the way back to the Stone Age to which it apparently aspires
The NHL owed the Ottawa Senators one after suspending Eric Gryba as a public relations gesture, and the Sens collected in a big way last night. The difference was that upholding a suspect goal by Mika Zibanejad wasn’t a sop to political expediency and had infinitely greater consequences than an enforced two game absence for Ottawa’s sixth defenceman.
If the “blame P.K.” Twitter hashtag isn’t a distant memory, it should be based on the way Canadiens fans closed ranks around P.K. Subban following Tuesday’s loss to Buffalo at the Bell Center.
The Habs were a hunting accident waiting to happen last night at the Bell Center, where they posed a danger to everyone except their actual prey. Fortunately, there were no friendly fire casualties, but the fact is with their almost comical lack of shooting accuracy, the Canadiens would have had a difficult time beating Gigi Buffon in a soccer net, never mind Jhonas Enroth in regulation NHL dimensions.
I’m neither a goalie nor a goaltending coach, which makes me as qualified as just about everyone else who’s weighed in on Carey Price’s woes, so here’s what I’ve got: