Hello All ! WHATTA GAME IT WAS – sadly for us USA fans – it did not go our way. That said – CONGRATULATIONS to TEAM CANADA for a well earned victory today. Congrats to CRACKHEAD THEO (CHT) on your gold medal. Congrats to the Canadian people. I KNOW how much it means to you all. Congrats to TEAM USA – who played well – did not lose to Sweden or barely squeak by Finland and GERMANY….and outplayed the other ELITE team in the field – Russia……. but you have to give credit to Canada for an inspired performance today. Mike Richter ( THE RANGER) played well – and kept us in it.
NOW enough with the pleasantries —- let’s SCOUR our notes for data on CHT !!!
CHT entered the game at ABOOT the 2:43 mark of period one. He hit Chris Drury pretty good in the Canadian defensive zone. about 15 seconds later – Drury found CHT and NAILED HIM BUT GOOD. CHT went flying……
7:24 into game – This shift was notable in that someone on the US team HIGH STICKED CHT in the face and DID NOT GET A CALL !! You could tell it was true – because they had to give GRETZKY crying towels at that point.
On this shift CHT Cross checked Chris Chelios and GOT CALLED FOR A PENALTY !! He used the “F” word in cussing out the refs.
12:15 – CHT gets a SHOT AT GOAL — Simon Gagne passed the puck to CHT but it was broken up — good shift for CHT
13:24 Keith Tkachuk beats CHT to a loose puck.
17:50 – credit CHT with a big hit on a US defenseman. Could not tell if it was Miller or Rafalski.
Second Period –
Uneventful shift commenced at 2:05
6:33 – CHT made a TERRIFIC MOVE in on goal – only to be STONED by his Rag$ pal Richter.
12:44 CHT gets hit by Miller and turns puck over — odd man rush for US does not produce a shot on goal.
He took the ice at the 19:40 mark !! played the last 20 seconds of the period.
THird Period — 1:53 – hopped on the ice then proceeded seconds later to cause an offsides !! He got the stick high on a US defenseman – NO CALL! HOW UNFAIR !
4:40 – gets shot on goal – bad angle shot –
9:10 – CHT makes GREAT sliding play to break up US rush and forced Team USA to regroup — good play.
I don’t remember seeing himon ice for rest of game – as John Davidson pointed out – Canada played a TRAP for the third period……….
After it was over – CHT had flowers in his hand with his gold medal. I thought he looked like a HIPPIE in San Francisco looking for DRUGS !! <g> —
The one funny thing happened – NBC broke out for a story on an athelete getting nailed for use of illegal substance – and I thought that they got CHT !! Now THAT would be funny if he failed a urine test after this game !! ( well – funny for those who regularly visit cht.com anyway !)
I will scour the news tomorrow for some more data on CHT. NOW – when he goes back to wearing Ranger Blue on TUesday – we can pick up more action !
FLEURY – O goals – O assists – 2 shots on goal – 2 penalty mins and was an EVEN for the game.