Monday, January 21, 2008

Game Of The Freaking Year

For those of you who were lucky enough to tune into the Washington-Pittsburgh game last night (Monday) you already know this. For those who missed it, it was, if not the best game of the year, at least the best one in recent memory.

Watching Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin trade goals and hits was like watching two goliaths going toe to toe in some kind of epic battle. Everyone else on the ice looked small in comparison. At one point, Ovechkin almost took off Malkin's head with a sneaky bonecrushing hit and the two nearly ended up in a scrap because of it.

In fact the only thing missing from this game was the traditional Georges Laraque versus Donald Brashear scrap but the play was so spectacular that you hardly even noticed.

This is exactly the type of game that the NHL should be trying to encourage - high scoring, hard-hitting and anti-trap. If the American market was exposed to games of this caliber on a nightly basis then the NHL would have no trouble getting a TV contract.

Just compare this game with the absolute mind-destroying yawnfest that was the Lighting's 2-0 win over Ottawa on the weekend. I haven't seen anything that boring and ultimately meaningless since The English Patient (and I've sat through Vancouver-Minnesota games).

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