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  • Russian Rocket Pavel Bure Retires

    Pavel Bure announced his retirement from hockey today. Bure has not played since March 2003 so it shouldn’t have seemed like a big surprise. There is a bit of an empty feeling though now that it is official. Bure was one of the league’s best goal scorers in the 90s and one of the most electrifying to watch. He made Vancouver an interesting team to watch long before the Marcus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi era.

    He was just shy of the 500 goal plateau with 437 goals and 342 assists for 779 points in 702 NHL games. If he was able to stay healthy he’d have no problem reaching it.

    I remember getting his rookie card and watching him dominate the World Junior Championships and seeing how skilled he was and thinking this guy would be huge in the NHL.

    Bure’s new focus is to manage the Russian Olympic team which has been known to be full of problems.

    Pavel Bure should be a strong candidate for the NHL Hall of Fame.

  • Road Warrior Habs Notch 2 more points

    The Canadiens stole another 2 road points tonight, saving their A-game until the 3rd period. The Canadiens were very lifeless for most of the game and couldn’t convert on the powerplay. Things broke in the 3rd period and the Canadiens finally managed a powerplay goal with Rivet sending a point shot that deflected off Saku Koivu.

    Jose Theodore almost dug his own grave, with the Canadiens up 1-0 he took a Delay of Game penalty playing the puck outside the allowed zone. Of course, that lead to a Jagr powerplay goal. I think you could hear the curse words and “Trade Theo” screams rising into the air from every house in Quebec.

    Not to worry, Steve Begin to the rescue. This guy is money. Streaking in 2 on 1 shorthanded, he rifled a wrist shot top corner that left Lundqvist shocked. Once again, a depth player rises to the occasion. Begin’s shot rivaled those of the top scorers in this league. Everyone says “he plays great for a guy with not much talent.” Wake up, Begin is a class guy and a very talented guy.

    The Habs took advantage of their chances, Koivu intercepted a weak clearing attempt and centered it to Kovalev. Kovalev didn’t get much wood on it but made no mistake and sent it in. 3-1. Game over. Well wait, another role player added the extra extra insurance policy with the empty netter by Sundstrom.

    Overall a weak start, but a strong 3rd effort and the Canadiens showed they could rebound after an embarassing loss.

    On another note, what’s the deal with Madison Square Garden? A classic arena ok, but let’s get modern. The Big Apple? Broadway? I hate watching games there, it’s so ugly.
    The place is so dark and poorly lit it looks like they’re skating around a funeral home.
    The Penalty boxes? Wait , thats not a box. That’s a door in the boards leading to a cement floor with 2 plastic chairs. Classy New York!