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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Puttin' on the Foil, Coach. . .

Old-time hockey, kids on a frozen pond. . . okay, so 71,000 people watched the Sabres-Penguins game on a makeshift rink at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo yesterday, and it was great theater. It was very cold outside, a goalie wore a wool cap atop his head, there were ruts of snow on the ice, and the game ended in a shootout. And, whether you like shootouts or not, this shootout was good theater and one of the best in the game, Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, won it with his usual magic (it looked as though the puck was on a string). I'm not a huge hockey fan, and I turned the game on near the end, but the NHL and NBC did a good job.

Great day for the NHL.