Happy Sunday to everyone. Sunday – always a bittersweet day for me, and maybe you, right?
Man, as a kid, I would love Sunday mornings for a few things: 1. the big Sunday newspapers. In my case, we always got the Boston Globe, and for a sports-loving kid from the 1970s and ’80s with an interest in becoming a sports writer himself, this was basically a weekly masters class in the craft. The best sports section of its era, most people acknowledge. 2. In fall, football, of course. In pure winter, there was usually a Celtics or Bruins game on a Sunday too – sometimes both during the same day, sometimes in the same arena (Boston Garden). 3. Mom’s Chef Boyardee cheese pizza she almost always made for me for lunch on Sundays. To this day, I still will make myself Chef Boyardee cheese pizzas. But she made them better.
But then, Sunday night would come around. And all the dread that comes with it, of school resuming the next day. I mostly just couldn’t stand junior high and high school, for a lot of reasons.
OK, some hockey talk. As the forthcoming links show, the Avs aren’t the only team missing some top guys right now:
- Tough blow for the Lightning, as Steven Stamkos will be lost for 6-8 weeks. That probably means he wouldn’t be back until the second round of the playoffs, at best. Tampa Bay was swept in the first round last year, don’t forget. (Tampa Bay Times).
- Big loss for the New York Rangers and their playoff hopes, too, with a broken-foot injury to Chris Kreider (NHL.com).
- Tough, too, for the Vegas Golden Knights, losing top scorer Mark Stone for “weeks” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- Good, snarky, Larry Brooks column toward the NHL maybe wanting to do away with any future feel-good David Ayres stories (New York Post). I totally agree – why in the name of Sweet Jesus would the NHL want to do away with this kind of thing happening again? It’s the best hockey story of the year! And, as Brooks points out, it’s only happened twice in the last, like, 50 years. Chill out, NHL.
- Jonathan Toews became the first NHL player to hit 50 career shootout goals last night. A look at the best – and worst – at the craft over the years (Hockey News).
- If you can get through all the ad clutter of their website, a good summation of the situation currently facing the Dallas Stars, who are four points back of the Avs in the standings (Dallas Morning News).
- It’s all gone bad for Buffalo since they acted like buyers at the NHL trade deadline. They’ve lost every game since (Buffalo News).
- The Penguins have suddenly lost six in a row, and Evgeni Malkin isn’t too happy about it (Pittsburgh Hockey Now).