By looking at that picture above, those two teams might want to try mixing in a few more colours. Their uniforms are so dreary that it's like looking at a still of Coronation Street. Those uniforms look like they're going to start raining.
If some of you have ever wondered why Bryan Murray hired John Paddock to coach the Senators and not the much sought after Brent Sutter (he may not have wanted the Ottawa job either), your answer probably lies in the fact that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is paying Sutter $15 million over 5 years. Despite this, New York Post columnist Mark Everson thinks the team should start opening its wallet for the players as well. It must have stung to see Scott Gomez contribute in a Ranger win over the Devils.
I was quite surprised to see the level of support the Habs have here in Ottawa since the Senators have been eliminated. At a certain Elgin Street bar on Saturday night, the room exploded every time the Habs scored. I'm starting to see more Habs flags than I did Senators flags just a week ago.
This is a strange, demented town.
Speaking of the Senators, you have to think that Murray and company were at least a little relieved to see the Ducks go down in a mind-blowing upset to the Dallas Stars. It gives credence to the view (as espoused on Black Aces repeatedly) that teams should expect a drop-off after a Cup run. The toll on both the body and mind may be too hard to overcome in today's NHL with better athletes and over-wrought coaching systems that never allow the tempo to cease.
I would suspect that the Senators organization would be thrilled to see the Bruins cap their incredible comeback against the Habs as well. That would take a little heat off the league wide criticisms being pointed their way.
If San Jose manages to crumble this week, the Senators may actually come out of these playoffs looking good! The Sharks reputation will sullied for a decade if they lose this series to the Flames.
Nick Lidstrom's 100+ foot goal against Nashville is eerily reminiscent of the floater he snuck by Dan Cloutier of the Canucks in 2002. The Wings went on to win the Cup that year with Steve Yzerman playing on one twig. Cloutier and the Canucks never really recovered.
And they still blame Mark Messier for screwing up their franchise after all these years?
Messier's dirty socks contain more hockey wisdom than the Canucks organization has ever possessed.