A whole lot of hurtin' goin' on.
Eric Lindros has a torn wrist ligament, and Belfour's "got a groin" as they say in the trade.
Allison made it after being iffy following some dental surgery -- a gamer, he is. Leafs win 3-2 against Anaheim, showing more zip than any night out since that late November overtime tilt against Montreal -- although it was no sure thing right up until the end, hanging on against a team that has won just three road games.
Still, they won without a couple of major ingredients.
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|Mats Sundin doll: Just pull the string and he does his little dance with 110% effort.|
"I think that's the sign of a good team. Good teams in this league can do that; they can win games when certain people are out of the lineup."
Hey, amazingly lifelike and just in time for Christmas.
At least this will make the next few days a little less shrill around here, with the Senators coming in next following four off days with airwaves to be filled and prints to be printed. Add a four-game losing streak to the usual hooey re Lindros, Belfour et al., not to mention organizing a search party for Jeff O'Neill and more pulls of the Sundin doll cord, and it would've been even more unbearable than usual, so count your blessings out of this one.
Only a couple of notes from last night worth passing along: Keith Carney was awful for the visitors, suffering through a Belakian evening and as Ken Campbell points out, even Kyle Wellwood had no choice but to shoot after Carney set him up beautifully in front of the net. And Alexander Steen was the best on the ice by a mile to everyone except the three star selectors, who pegged him at No. 3 -- that was as mystifying as all those NHL scouts on hand in the boxes, and not a trade rumour to be found.
I guess that's what these four off days will be for.
With Mario Lemieux not confident about the Penguins remaining in Pittsburgh, it's time to round up the usual suspects.
Jiri Fischer talked yesterday: "I don't foresee myself coming back in the next couple of weeks. But this is what I know. It's all I've worked for my whole life. I don't want it to be taken away."
(Oh, one more little thing. A little while back I mentioned William Shatner's commercial and after enduring it again last night, I'm reminded of a link regular poster Carla sent in that got lost in the shuffle. It's a bit old, and I guess my well-used Shatner Shield protected me from it before, but here's her explanation for the "simple man" conceit behind that unwatchable combination of product promotion and Bill's usual mugging: Shatner and Pulp, Common People (WM player req'd).)