I have just one thing to say to all the nay-sayers who have griped, these last few years, about how hockey is getting duller and duller every season, it's too boring to watch, nobody scores goals anymore, yada, yada, yada. And that one thing is this: Bull.
Hockey fans got a real treat tonight when the Boston Bruins came to the nation's capital to play the Washington Capitols--and damn, do I wish I'd been in the building for this game, instead of the one I caught at the Verizon Center a year ago around this time. (Not that I minded that game, mind you.) The Caps scored their first goal 32 seconds into the first period. Nineteen minutes and 28 seconds later, the Caps had put another five on the board--including a natural hat trick from Wunderkind Alexander Ovechkin. (Which goals, by the by, represented his 50th, 51st, and 52nd on the season.)
It was truly a joy to behold. Anybody who could watch the tape of that 20 minutes and still claim that hockey isn't interesting to watch anymore seriously needs to have his or her head examined. That was 20 minutes of hockey as it was meant to be played. And now I'm going to go back and watch some more of that game, thanks to the wonders of TiVo. And try to do at least a little reading.