HIO readers: Below is my final post for the NY Times Slap Shot blog. I’m moving over to Sports Illustrated’s website starting next week. I’ll be taking a short break from HIO as I get settled at SI.com, but hope to be back here within a couple of weeks. Thanks for all your support and kind comments this fall. — SH
The horn will sound today signaling the end of my posting on The Times
Slap Shot blog, but before going into that, here’s our final skate
through the N.H.L.
There was no better show last night than the one put on by old rivals
Boston and Montreal, going at it with playoff intensity in a game won
by the Canadiens 3-1. But it’s funny how perceptions of the game differ.
“The pace was hellish!,” La Presse’s Pierre Ladouceur commented.
“The play on both sides was choppy and erratic,” wrote Stephen
Harris in The Boston Herald.
“That was a fantastic hockey game,” Pierre McGuire, who was the
rinkside analyst for TSN, effused this morning on Ottawa radio Team 990 (audio),
lauding the great goaltending of Tuukka Rask and Carey Price, the many
bodychecks delivered, the skill and pace at which it was played.
“Surprisingly, there was hardly any sizzle….Aside from a few
flareups, last night’s game barely tickled the needle on the emotional
gauge,” wrote Fluto
Shinzawa in The Boston Globe.
Well, both can’t be right, right? The Greek tragedian Aeschylus
wrote, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The same must be true
among journalists reporting on hockey rivalries.