Fox Sports Net has been giving me a pretty steady dose of the product this week. From 5pm-10 pm my television was saturated with hockey.
Both games did not disappoint. The Flyers came back from a four goal deficit in the 3rd, forced the shoot-out and subjected the Canes to a loser point collection. I despise the loser point by the way. Evgeni Nabokov turned away 31 shot attempts by the Orange County Mallards and notched his first shutout victory of the 08'-09 campaign.
Now, would I really be pulling a poor-man's Bill Pidto ("KHABI, KHABI, KABI...bulin) on these two entertaining tilts if the heavy scoring and superb netminding was all that was generated last night?
Of course not.
Although, I would still be speaking high praise about both games, I just wouldn't be writing about them.
Now let me tell you about the 3 donnybrooks that went down last night.
In the first clip we got young Casey Borer (b. 1987!!) taking a clean Scotty Hartnell hit the wrong way and asking Hartnell to tell him about. Hartnell welcomes him to the NHL and goes on to score 2 goals to complete the hat trick. I understand Borer is not much of fighter and credit to him for defending his teammate, but I'm sure Coach Paul Maurice gave him a little lecture on picking his spots and pointing out how a fight can ignite your opponents engine.
The second clip occurred a little later in the same contest. This time it was the Flyers Arron Asham calling out Scott Walker on a hit from behind. I'm liking Asham more and more. I included an Asham fight a few weeks ago in the same blog as a Mike Keane fight, and you know? The more I see Asham, the more I see Keane. Solid grinders who bleed for the sweater.
We now head West to my hometown of San Jose. There were a few scrums throughout last night's game, but the only serious battle was between George Parros and Jody Shelley. I think Parros may be a tad overrated when it comes to fight skills, but he is learning and if his life before the NHL is any indicator he will learn well. The man is a real life Ned Braden. He played his college hockey at Princeton and received a degree in economics. This is really fascinating considering what he does for a living and what he is qualified to do for a living. I give Parros the edge over Braden, however, he is willing to "goon it up for ya" and he's not riding the bus with Moe, Billy and Johnny Upton. Take that mustache George nurtures and he may even be better then Ned at cutting a rug when the Chippendale do the ice capades.