Thanks to everyone for all their positive comments on my off-the-wall Rita post.
That was fun to write. Too bad he didn't play - MacT would be on his way to TO right now.
This was one of those games where you are happy about the win, but less than happy with the on-ice product. Lets face it - without Salo, this was not a 5-2 win.
Good games from Smyth, Horcoff, Salo, Ulanov, Smith and Staios. Dvo looks lost without Yorkie, but he works hard enough to get through that. Torres was a little less effective than I would have liked.
Bishai did not look out of place at all. He could be a 4th liner.
At the same time, when was the last time we could say "Without Salo..." with any consistency.
Loved Ulanov's hit. That was simply a clean, yet totally merciless EL-KABOMB!!
We should trade for that Thornton kid and get rid of Laraque. It's clear to me, even though he now has 1 (one) goal, he isn't the same Georges.
No playoffs without Mike York though...that and the two Nashville games sealed the deal. Time to play for pride.
For the person who asked about the fights:
Smith-Moen: Not much happened here, refs broke it up before any punches were thrown.
Laraque-Thornton: Laraque tried his usual huggy-bear tactics and this kid suprised him; Thornton was really agressive and got in the better of the shots exchanged, although he did no damage to Laraque whatsoever, as evidenced by the post-game interview.
Horcoff-Henry: So, apparently, Horcoff fights now. Well, luckily he picked a scrap with a decent guy, because after landing a soft punch and falling to the ice, he was completely prone and open to some free shots. Henry let up and the refs came in.
EDIT: Speaking of Georges goal - I have my doubts his stick even touched the puck...anyone see a clear replay of his deflection?