Holy crap, man. I knew tonight's Vancouver game was going to be something, because of that nasty slash that fractured Mikko Koivu's leg in their last outing. But before we even got to the first intermission, we had 4 goals and 2 fights. And I have lost track of how many penalties, but there's already been a 5-on-3 and a 3-on-3. And both sides are just charged up. I love fast hockey like this. I'm very disoriented though, because the Canucks' jerseys are really reminding me of the old Hartford Whalers jerseys. Who thought that was a good idea?
At any rate, during the first intermission, I was inspired to do a picspam of our current captain, Brian Rolston, but I am shocked at how hard it is to find good pictures of him. Brian used to play for the New Jersey Devils, who I became a fan of during their Stanley Cup run in...1995? The year they swept the Red Wings in the finals. Ha! Ha! You have no idea how beautiful that was. (Full disclosure: I was originally a Leafs fan. I may have gotten teary when they traded Wendel Clark.) At any rate, I knew Brian from his early career with the Devils, but have only really started watching him closely now that he plays up here for the Wild. He played for Lake Superior State in the early 90s, which means he would've gone up against my alma mater of BGSU a number of times, but unfortunately that was just before I started watching hockey.
Also, now that I've reached the ripe old age of 34, there are very few guys playing hockey who are older than me...he's one of the few. He's quite adorable and slightly on the dorky side--in fact, I rejected a couple of photos because he was a bit too dorky. But here he is.
A head shot (I think this is last season's?).
Here he is taking a shot, so fast that you can't even see the blade of his stick.
Smiling after scoring a goal. Such a pretty smile, and he even has all his teeth!
Oh, man. I couldn't resist the hoyay shot.
And a really nice fan-produced wallpaper (reduced in size to fit here better).
Oh, man. Gabby is ON tonight. I really hope that the replay they just showed gets onto the Internet somewhere. He just stick-handled the puck between the legs of one Canuck player and then behind a second one, before taking a slapshot at the net. Love love love. And I believe he's scored both of Minnesota's goals so far.
Also? Hee. One of the Canucks just tried to get smart with Derek Boogaard. This guy is apparently 6 feet and 210 pounds...but Boogie makes him look like a toddler. Obviously not ALL hockey players are smart...