Because the Caps lost in triple overtime, does that mean they suck? Does it mean Braden Holtby sucks? Does it mean Henrik’s better? If the Rangers lost, would they have sucked and Caps would have been world beaters?
It’s one of those existential thoughts, I think, akin to that tree falling in the forest and whether it makes a noise or not. Although, I do have a few regular readers of this site who would agree with the last question, after all they’re nothing but no-good stinkin Devils fans who take glee in rooting against the Rangers. (Meanwhile, I’m rooting for a meteor).
But I digress.
Last night was one for the ages. It was really a play of mettle and fortitude, mostly from the goaltending aspect. Which I guess in baseball, there’s the pitcher’s duel. What is a tight game that goes into multiple playoff OTs called? A goaltender spat? I mean, after two overtimes, I was seeing double and I wasn’t even playing, yet someone like Ryan McDonagh played almost a full hour in nearly 120 minutes of playing time. Then there’s Stu Bickel, who watched about 114 minutes from the end of the bench.
But this was one not of outlast versus outplayed. Neither team particularly outplayed one another. In fact, it was a lot of hitting posts, crossbeams, deflections, but the biggest show of them all was from the goal posts themselves, and who was manning them.
King Henrik was making me shout “Oh My Henrik!” and Holtby made me utter a “HOLTBY sheepshit and balls” during the game. In fact, one of the sweetest things during the broadcast was seeing Holtby’s parents in the stands, with his mom covering her face and looking through her hands, like I would while I’m watching Dexter or a Mets game.
But my question is simple. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? And if the Rangers lost a game in triple overtime does that mean they suck?
And the answer is, no. In fact, I think for Saturday’s game, they really will need to up the ante. Because this Holtby kid is special. He’s got something good going for him, least of it being having two of the coolest parents on planet earth. If anyone knows them and if they’ll be in New York for Game five, tell them I’d like to buy them a drink! They were class acts all the way, and even as Marian Gaborik decided to grace us with his presence with the game winner, Holtby’s mom cheered the effort.
SHE CHEERED THE EFFORT.
How cool is that?
In a night of bizarro sports, where Jered Weaver held the Minnesota Twins to as many hits as Albert Pujols has home runs, and where I saw every hockey fanatic on Twitter talking about the triple overtime game — the first of its kind this year — with gusto…no matter who their team affiliation is…I just have to say…
Holy sheepshit and balls.