One of the main steps in 12-step programs is to work on one's resentments, because they're pretty much anti-matter. They only eat at YOU, and the other guy goes blissfully onward, not the least bit affected by our self-destructive thoughts and/or statements.
I, for one, am gonna work on that with him. I'm sick of him being in my life in any way, shape or form. And I'm the one who invited him in.
Concussion.com has ably explained Crosby's malady. Excessive whining, as in "Wah! Wah!!" actually causes cramps in the jawbone and transmits them to the brain, causing swelling. And yes, it's been proven too that the Ego is a major partner in that ballooning process.
It has also been rumored that Steckel knew about Crosby's physical weakness and was only trying to loosen up his jaw muscles.
I really figured we didn't have much of a chance, what with the altitude thing, back-to-backs, and Rafalski, Cleary and Datsyuk out. I mean, how could they possibly pull off a win?
But as I watched Ozzie he looked so calm, so focused. Bodies were flying around the net or landing on him and he just kept his eye on the puck. And for as many games as I've seen him play, it had to be one of his best efforts. He earned that win from every angle.
And to those of you who suggest it was a fluke win, or say he should now retire obviously gained your ten seconds of attention by making such stupid statements, but it doesn't change the fact that he is indeed a champion and a fighter and you will never understand (nor will most of us) how much heart that kid has.
Whatever happens in this game - in spite of the fact that most of the team looks like they're trying to come up with new and wondrous ways to practice Chinese fire drills - this game will go down in the Ozzie Annals as one of his best. Through the first two periods he's been the best player on the ice. I am so damn proud of him.
How many games has Rafalski played? How many times has he shot the frickin' puck into the feet or the blade of an opponent. WHEN is he supposed to learn not to do that? What's it gonna take? Right now he's the most disappointing player on the team and I've felt the same way in the past. He's good. But invariably he gives the puck right back, gift-wrapped and tied in a ribbon to the opponents. He absolutely drives me frickin' berserk. I wish Babcock would sit him for a week. Yeah I know it's not going to happen but oh, how I wish it could.
Meanwhile, whoever said Ozzie's going to have to get a shutout to win his 400th was right on. A three-on-one at the end of the game. Way to go boyz. Way to support.
Babcock needs to do whatever is necessary to see that Ozzie gets his 400th, and he's got plenty of time to get it done. Whoever the coach would have been at this point in time, it's now a mandate. This team owes him that.