Hockey Night In Carolina Pt II
It's a cliche to say that there's nothing like playoff hockey, but it's a cliche because it's true! And of course it follows that OT playoff hockey is another notch up on the heart-attack meter...Carolina came back from a 2-goal hole to win in OT last night, again silencing the legions of "let's go buffalo" black shirts surrounding us up in the cheap seats. What a game... i think Carolina is clearly the better team at even strength though the Sabres are really freaking fast so any bad giveaway or silly penalty can turn it their way in a hurry. Gerber, who shut out the Sabres in their building in Game 2, was yanked after giving up 3 goals, and 22-yr old Cam Ward came in to shut 'em down the rest of the way, including a ridiculous save in OT.
Turns out Cam likes rock and roll music as well -- they've got his "playlist" up on the Hurricanes site here and right in the middle he's got Merge recording artist (and Habs / Sens fans) The Arcade Fire! from his description of "Power Out" ("It's upbeat with good bass and variety of sounds") it sounds like when this whole hockey fad blows over he's ready to write for Spin, or at least Vice.
At age 22 what were you doing? I mean not that performing in such rooms as The Zodiac Club or JC Dobbs isn't a high-pressure situation, but seriously to remain so composed in the situation he's in is kind of insane. He seems like a good guy in interviews, whereas the other youngster Mr. USA Ryan Miller pulled a bitchy little cheap shot move last night tripping Justin Williams after period 2 had ended. Probably not a bad guy, but also maybe losing it a little after giving up the lead?
Game 6 Tuesday night in Buffalo, which incidentally is exactly as far from the nearest NASCAR track (Watkins Glen) as Raleigh is to the one in Charlotte.