Monday, March 30, 2009

Fisticuffs in Chitown...

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know as a mother of twins that I have an unbridled fascination with the Vancouver Canucks' Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. The Nucks have risen from the bottom of the heap to clinch a playoff spot and last night's contest at the Chicago Blackhawk's United Center was a battle for home ice in the post-season.

Needless to say, this game got fugly after Dustin Byfuglien (try saying his name five times in a row after a cocktail or two) took a swipe at Vancouver's star netminder Roberto Luongo. One of craziest melees I've seen in a while ensued second later, as both teams got into an all-out line brawl. And for those of you (myself included) who made fun of Alex Semin's lack of nunchuk skills, check out all the playground martial arts hair-pulling that went on in this one:

And just when you though it was over, Round Two:

Yes folks, there are four Hawks in the box. This game resulted in about a gazillion (103 to be exact) penalty minutes - and don't you touch my Daniel Sedin! Looks like the teams still in the hunt have got a bad case of playoff fever...

On a more somber note, Hockey Mom got this great article from one of the boys' hockey coaches and a fellow hockey dad - a great coach and a die-hard Sabres fan. He's regaled us with stories of how he used to usher in the old "Aud" (the Sabres' long time home) as a teenager and how he used to have to frequently break up fights between fans whenever the New York Rangers came to town. But no one loved the Sabres and the "Aud" more than his late Aunt Nancy, who worked at the historic arena for more than 25 years. She sounded like quite a lady and I have a feeling that we would gotten along spendidly while dishing hockey!

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