I turned the TV off as soon as the buzzer sounded. I honestly thought Lidstrom was going to score there at the end when I saw half the net open. When he didn't, I just turned off the monitor and buried my head in my hands on the table.
I did eventually turn it back on for the handshake line, but turned it off immediately thereafter. So I never saw the celebration or any of that s***. Too embarrassed to watch them skate the Cup on our ice.
Honestly, I wouldn't have missed the game for my own wedding, let alone someone else's.
Tonight, the NHL Network is supposed to show all 3 games of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey final between US and Canada.
For my money, it's the best hockey I've ever seen in my life. Both teams were loaded with Hall of Famers, and unlike the Olympics, there was tons of physicality in the series, since these were North American teams.
Just to give you an idea, Canada had the likes of Gretzky, Messier, Yzerman, Sakic, Lindros, Stevens, Brodeur, Niedermayer, Coffey and Shanahan. United States had the likes of Chelios, LaFontaine, Hull, Modano, Leetch, Hatcher, Richter, Tkachuk, Leclair, Housley and Amonte.
Basically, I don't think there's ever been a series, aside from maybe the 1972 Summit Series, that featured a more impressive array of Hall of Famers and legends, and it was something to watch all these guys on the ice at the same time. It's sadly not talked about as often as it should.
kovalev. this man has no heart for the game. he is lazy and a smug *******. i'd definately put the professor in before that slug. and i'd also put fetisov in before that defensive disaster gonchar. if konstantinov got to play longer, he would be on that list for sure. he was a beast.
the most noteworthy russian goalie of all time is tretiak hands down. he helped revolutionalize goaltending and inadvertantly made ken dryden a better goalie from dryden watching his pre-game warm-up styles and what not.
i really wish that mikhailov and kharlamov played in the NHL. they would have really set the bar high for russians. and if way back then the russian players could come over to the NHL, the situations present today would probably not be so harsh for russian players signing and drafting.
Fetisov and Larionov were never really stars in the NHL. Their star days came in Russia.
Kovalev is a little overrated and lazy, but he's scored almost 1,000 points in his career. Gonchar has scored around 700 or so if I'm not mistaken. How can you put Fetisov and Larionov ahead of those guys, when their NHL careers clearly weren't better, and they were not really expected to be top stars on their teams?
Those two guys were complementary players for pretty much their whole NHL career.
You are in no position to challenge my "knowledge of the game" when you are arguing against hockey geniuses (who built multiple cup champion teams) in Holland, Jim Nill, and Jim Devellano... Seriously?
Your opinion is the minority. I'm siding with the entire Red Wings' management for the team they built this year. You are the minority here. And you say this isn't a video game? I think the only one here playing the video game is you. I doubt Holland, Nill and Devellano have time to play video games, they are too busy building championship teams. What's your excuse?
Geniuses make mistakes too. Last year those geniuses brought back Williams. Holland is the best GM in hockey, but he isn't perfect.
And I don't base my arguments on what the majority believes. If anyone on LGW does that, they should not be allowed to post here. I don't care if my opinion is in the minority as long as it's my opinion. I've posted my opinion on this tonight. That's all I'm here for.