I thought I was going to be happy to just report that my lovely conference-leading Hammies demolished the Griffins by a beautiful score of 7-3 (and not 7-4 like I kept saying on twitter for some reason). It was a nice, nice, nice win as the Hammies came up from BEHIND only to score SIX UNANSWERED goals in the second period.
I thought I would be able to just dance around celebrating this lovely win and a nice win by my Habs – which I actually forgot about until right now. I mean, who the hell plays at 5:00?! Must have been one of those early bird specials for those elderly snowbirds. ANYWAY. The Habs win. The Hammies win (Sanford’s injured). Misshy had a shutout. Niagara lost and Simila and the Finns got smoked by Sweden but on a whole, I was having a great night…
Until Canada played the US…..
Bloody freaking hell. It was a HORRENDOUS game for Canada. It was turnover city. It was like someone transplanted MAB’s brain and put it into every single Canadian player. It was brutal.
It really didnt’ get any better until Eberle saved the team (again). Man. I thought everyone was putting a lot of pressure on him by constantly bringing up that goal that saved Canada’s hopes last year and that it was wrong to expect him to save them this year, but really… Eberle is awesome. Period. End of story. He tied the game at 2 for Canada and after Canada seemed headed for defeat after going down 4-2, he put Canada back to within one goal in the third. And hows’ this for some poetic justice: after the Americans scored TWO freaking short-handed goals (I am not even kidding), Alex Pietrangelo scores shorthanded to tie the game.
I won’t even mention that goal that should have been a goal but didn’t count. I’ll just instead make sure everyone knows that I don’t like Kristo right now. Until he puts on a Habs and/or a Hammies jersey, we’re not getting along at all. No really. He very nearly ruined my night on several occasions……… can’t wait until he ruins the nights of some NHL teams though.
The Canadians eventually stopped playing like MAB long enough to win the game. Over time was stressful and solved nothing and then we went to a shootout. In short: Eberle is awesome. We’ll live with Kadri scoring a really nice one (tonight, he’s a Canadian. Not a faily Leaf). We’ll be very thankful that Kozun decided to be a Canadian at the WJC instead of an American. Ooh and we’ll thank Jake for stopping Jordon Schroeder who had to score to keep the Americans in the game.
Jake did a victory splat afterwards. I was wondering what the hell he was doing and apparently he tripped on the puck on his way to celebrate on the bench. What a dork. It’s okay, we love you anyway.
Canada probably shouldn’t have won this game, but they did. And we’re super pleased with this. Now, they just need to get their act together for Russians (or the Swiss). I am SO happy that they won’t have to play Finland and then Sweden just to get to the finals. Last year’s Canada/USA match was crazy, THAT semi-final match was just amazing. Tonight, definitely ranks up there. Amazing game.
P.S. I saw the Sweden/Finland game on some Swedish station. Very entertaining. They looooove Pajaarvi-Svensson. They had this interview with him in some Christmas setting thing. It was weird and funny. Especially when the camera kept zooming in on all the Christmas tree ornaments and fake presents and then proceeded to zoom in on his face. Whoever said zooming in on acne covered faces of 18 year olds was a great idea should be fired. Mind you.. .if you zoom waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out, he kinda looks okay. Hehehe.
(hehehe, I looked at my writeup when Canada beat Russia last year. It was all nice a well-mannered and here I am putting all bloggers to shame by my horrendous writeup this year. Sorry guys!).