The Return of the NHL: Day One

Oh man. If it wasn’t for the Jewish New Year, I’d swear it was Christmas.
So much hockey.
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New York is truly the greatest city in the world. I say this because I’m able to flip through three hockey games at once. Isles-Sabres. Rangers-Flyers. Devils-Penguins.
All on my basic digital package.
That’s living.
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The haters said Devils goalie Martin Brodeur would have trouble without Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer playing in front of him. They also said he’d have trouble in the new offense-happy NHL. Meanwhile, the Penguins are enjoying a 5-on-3 powerplay toward the end of the first period, Brodeur is under fire, and he’s making saves like the puck is the size of the big guy from LOST. Nothing could get past Brodeur. No one could. Not Mario Lemieux. Not Sidney Crosby. It was a fantastic sequence.
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And Brodeur says more people should have seen those saves. He told the New York Post he thought the NHL should have made Crosby’s coming out the only game played for the return of the NHL (login info.). He has a point. If Crosby is the future of the NHL, you might want to lead with him. Maybe the NHL just wanted to hedge their bets, though.
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Could I love Sharkspage any more? I’m sitting at work reading, and he has the most incredible sequence of posts. A cute girl drinking beer. Hockey broadcast notes. Sumo.
The crazy thing is, my bachelor party had all three of those elements.
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Speaking of hockey broadcasts, OLN wasn’t horrible. The game itself was great, featuring John Davidson and Sam Rosen, who regularly call the local Ranger games. The studio show, with Bill Clement, Neil Smith, and Keith Jones, was a little goofy and pointless. I was hoping for something a little more high concept, rather than three guys agreeing that scoring is good. Of course, I don’t want George Will and Bob Costas crying over the diminishing role of the Zamboni, either.
It’s a fine line.
Shockingly, the gang at ESPN didn’t love the OLN broadcast either.
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Speaking of fine lines, this guy uses some fine lines to draw NHL comics. See? When the NHL returns, there’s a lot more stuff to do.
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ESPN.com’s Uni Watch is even in on the hockey love. Here’s a crazy in-depth look at what’s going on with hockey uniforms. It’s a lot of details. A lot.
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I’m not sure I believe in hockey, because that sort of implies I’ll pray to it, and obey it, and perhaps, if things take a bad turn, end up chasing sleeping pills with vodka while wearing a track suit, but I do enjoy watching it.
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EPILOGUE: The Devils beat Pittsburgh 5-1. There are 14 other scores, but you probably know them.