OK- I admit I'm a little gassed after my Rob Schremp manifesto, but it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to highlight the pitfalls of placing too much hope in an inexact science (like drafting).
THAT SAID- The Bruins dropped a tough game in OT to the Islanders, tonight. It was one they should have won, but former UMass-Lowell star Dwayne Roloson outperformed Boston's Tim Thomas tonight and was the key difference-maker in getting that extra point. "Roli" seems to have Boston's number lately, though. He's been outstanding against the Bruins this season, going 2-0-1 against them. Thomas was really hung out to dry on the Franz Nielsen OT breakaway goal when Dennis Wideman and Andrew Ference both moved up on offense and failed to get back into the play when Nielsen broke. That kid can play, btw. I watched him net a pair of goals against the Capitals in Washington earlier this season, and he's got some hands.
Michael Ryder and David Krejci set each other up on their goals tonight, the only two the B's could manage, but it is nice to see them both going.
If there is a silver lining to the loss, it is that the Isles gained the extra point to keep two points up on Toronto. It's only one game's worth of cushion, and the Leafs are still at No. 29 as of now (tied with Philly in points with 29) but they're just two wins away from vaulting up nine spots in the standings. Tank Nation watchers take heed!
Speaking of the Leafs, they beat the Eastern Conference-leading Caps tonight, 6-3. It was some serious weak sauce of a performance by Washington, who has looked lousy in their last two games against Toronto after taking the Leafs to the woodshed in the Caps' home opener way back in early October.
The Caps blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2, thanks to what I thought was some shaky goaltending from Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth. Leafs fans can certainly relate to that, but tonight, they got a solid performance from Vesa Toskala, Phile Kessel got off his four-game scoreless schneid (and added a couple of assists) and got a pair of goals from Matt Stajan.
Soooo...to recap. The Caps are good enough to top the Eastern Conference, but blow it against Toronto, the Bruins drop a point they should have had on Long Island, and the Leafs could surge up the rankings next week if they can string some wins together.
Not good news for Bruins fans.