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Posted by Charles P. Pierce February 21, 2010 11:25 PM
Some brief notes on the greatest day of hockey there absolutely ever was.
- Ryan Kesler's was the greatest empty-net goal I ever saw.
- There was a tic-tac-toe goal by the Russians that was even prettier, and it started with a thunderous body check by Alexander Ovechkin on which he freight-trained Jaromir Jagr in the open ice. (Hey, Milbury. Were you watching?) Contact without fighting is a beautiful thing to watch.
- Ryan Miller played a game in net for the U.S. in which he never made a bad move. He was in perfect position, every time, especially in the chaotic final two minutes.
- Right now, the Russians look like the best team in the field. The Ovechkin-Semin-Malkin combine is otherworldly at his point. Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby aside, the Canadians look...old. The Americans beat them to the puck repeatedly, and the Americans aren't as good as the Russians are. The Swedes and the Finns and the Czechs can beat anybody on any night. The medal round of this is going to be sick.
- And I hate to sound like less of an American than I am, but I'm a little Miracle-On-Ice'd out at this point, especially with Al Michaels, who seems to believe that he landed on Omaha Beach or something 30 years ago.
Listen to Charlie Pierce
“Still too early, but I share the concern. Would love to see the eventual second unit guys – Baby, Jeff Green, Arroyo, West and probably Kristic – get to play together. Rondo looks exhausted and it would be helpful if Doc could cut back his minutes. Also, I strongly suspect there were concerns that Perk was not the same player anymore.”
“Packer was serious about hoops. I knew it was a big game when Musberger/Nantz would call a game with Packer. He was old school so he took delight in fundamentals such as a pick/roll or boxing out a rebounder. I'm still a young kid, but I enjoyed his analysis.”