Well, I've been trying to avoid a post about them.
I spent, what, 150 minutes of my life watching them last night. Wasted it. Kept notes on my wasting it on them -- the giveaways, the dumb penalties, the lack of punch.
So here it is, I'll keep it brief: Best moment of this one was captured on TV, Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire berating his star player on the bench. A couple of shifts later, and Marian Gaborik was going by one of them like he was tied to a post. Then Gaborik was scoring the goal of the night.
When was the last time the head coach of them got in the face of anyone? When was last time one of them was challenged to raise his game, and did just that?
Over at the Battle of Ontario, Meatriarchy points out that remarkabe consistency from them over this four-game losing spinout:
In the past four games of this losing skid the Leafs have scored first in every game. They have also had shorthanded goals in two of them. Usually scoring first or scoring a shorthanded goal is an indicator that you will win the game. Going into this four game slump the Leafs were 15-4 when scoring the first goal.
Scoring the first goal, scoring shorthanded -- it doesn't matter. But no matter what the hyperbole is from the TV people (and last night, they laid it on awful thick), it is still mid January, and almost half a season remains. It's not noose time. It is, however, Blah time, to steal another line from BoO.
Now we have two days of waiting before the latest round of the (lower-case) battle of Ontario, and a two-game set in Ottawa at that. This is the new NHL: an away-and-away.
Palffy is known among the local Skalica residents to be extremely cocky and haughty, acting like a 'spoiled prince'. It doesn't help that tensions between Hungary and Slovakia (dating back to the Austrian-Hungarian empire) still run high and anyone with Hungarian noble heritage might be derided by natural Slovaks (This is more subconscious than anything). It wouldn't be uncommon to see a few beer bottles thrown at Ziggy when he returned home for the summer.
I remember being at a game in Los Angeles about a decade ago perhaps, and there was this little guy out there for the Islanders, skating circles around everyone. It was Palffy, just ready to break through. I'm with you Jes -- he was fun to watch.
So Palffy retires, another waste-of-time loss by them ... and Vancouver Canucks Op-Ed is ... gone. That's a triple decker bummer sandwich, friends.