2a. Not Raffi. Dude only put in 9:33 of ice time and notched his ninth goal of the season. I am awed. He is twelve times the man I am. For that, let's shout the cheer:
2b. I'm not sure that there's a bright side to his hellacious injury, but allow me a somewhat tasteless attempt: I now can differentiate Raffi from Fox Sports Ohio's John Michael.
2c. Oh yeah, Raffi had a stomach bug, too. Just add it to the legend.
3. Hmmm....how to say this delicately? Dallas is a bunch of cheap-shotting, weak-ass punks.
3a. First amongst the Punk Brigade is James Neal, who backed away from Derek Dorsett in the first period and then viscously boarded Dorsett later in the game, sending him sprawling onto the ice with a presumed concussion.
Neal has a hearing on Friday with the NHL and deserves every game that he will be suspended. It's a shame that he had to get ejected; he would have provided plenty of schadenfreude moments throughout the rest of the game. Jerk.
3b. The rest of the team is ill-tempered, too. Do they just have something against teams that are better than them in general, or is resentment that Columbus now has the one coach that got them a Stanley Cup? I mean, even Marty Turco got in on the Rick Nash fight.
3c. (Rick Nash got in a fight. Cool.)
3d. I suppose that this violently erratic behavior should be expected. Marc Crawford is their head coach, after all. Remember, Crawford was the whack-job coach of the Colorado Avalanche that melted down on Scotty Bowman and the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sadly, I can't find the video of Crawford shrieking like a banshee at Bowman, but here's the precipitating stuff:
He also allegedly ordered the Todd Bertuzzi hit in Vancouver that knocked Dennis Moore out of hockey and apparently still is working its way through the courts. Here's the ESPN guys' take at the time:
6. The Captain gets his 14th goal of the season with a 'never say die' crash of the crease after Turco bobbled a rebound. (What an awesome photo. Take a moment and soak that in.) That's our man!