Being that this may be the only hockey we will see, I will confine
any negative commentary about Espn or side stuff off the ice only to
this one posting. I bring them up all the time, different complaints,
Lets go for the positive and the good news.
Nice to see a game come on where it feels like an NHL playoff
atmosphere as soon as you tune in.
Great to see players who are not making any money to play and
fight that hard and Mario dropping the gloves was fantastic. Eric
Brewer looks like he is ready to step into an elite level, he was
huge and knocking players all over the ice. The skill levels were
just amazing of the talent on the ice. It does not get any better.
Ron Wilson made the right call starting Esche. He was outstanding and
really all that kept the game from being a blowout because until the
half-way point it was a complete mismatch in every way.
Like most games USA got a goal and starting skating hard afterward
but the final score did not reflect the play.
I was wondering if DiPietro's stickhandling would have taken the
pressure off of the American team and maybe could be the edge they
will need later on because of the lack of speed and age
of the group. But that's a big if.
DiPietro is not going to play any better in terms of stopping the
puck then Esche did.
I cannot see Esche playing three games in four days in a tournament
where every team makes the quarterfinals. DiPietro will get a game.
Jason Blake did not dress.
I kept thinking of all these stars for team USA, how many of their
own teams would love to be rid of their contracts today and how they
were really stars in 1996 vs what they are now.
Third peirod looked like a NHL regular season game. Players and
goaltenders are so big there was little room on the ice. Brodeur had
a few great saves and robbed Tkaczuk.
Here's the one time complain dept.
Just get Roenick out of the booth (with his disgraceful between
peirod lobbying for himself and Espn allowing it) and the Nashville
jersey's off team Canada and we may have something here worth
watching. Barry Melrose as the face of hockey on Espn is the
equivalent of the disgrace of that game being on Espn2 for the World
Series of Poker.
Of course before the night was over Melrose had to make sure to make
the point what if Roenick had played at Madison Square Garden as a
Ranger. Why can't Msg just hire him and get it over with?