Monday, March 31, 2014

a special day...

There is absolutely nothing about this picture that isn't The Awesome.

and I am unanimous in this.

Happy Birthday Gordie.

Monday, March 24, 2014

They just never change......

Tonight Montreal went into Boston and beat the Bruins as they usually do. That's their sixth straight win in the Garden.
Tuukka Rask can't beat the Habs, 3 wins in 20 games, and both Carey Price, 7-1-1 in his last nine against Boston, and tonight's starter, Peter Budaj, own very good records against the Bruins.

More of the same this evening. Budaj stoned the Bruins in a 2-1 shootout victory.

But of course, with Boston there's always drama. Known league wide as a team with more than their share of cheap shot artists and a club that likes to intimidate their opponents.... except Montreal. It just doesn't work on them lately.

Case in point early in the first, Montreal's Alexei Emelin hit Milan Lucic with a beautiful hip check at center ice. Lucic went up and over landing hard on the ice. 6'9" Zdeno Chara came rushing over to cross check Emelin from behind, earning him a two minute penalty.
Lucic got up and speared Emelin, albeit a glancing blow. Can't blame a guy for trying. Better luck next time Milan!

After the game, Lucic called Emelin "a chicken". This from a guy who never hits a guy from the front, always from behind. Similar to Chara. Nailing Emelin from behind.

the Bruins like a lot of things from behind.

Too bad Beantown....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's good to have friends looking out for you...

that post title is not only true in life, but in the card world as well. (Yes, there IS a difference. Acquiring cards is NOT an important factor of a good life. It's just one of the perks)
My wife and I  were out driving to the opposite side of the city last Saturday (my wife wanted a milkshake from a particular place located about 45 minutes from our house. What my wife wants.... she gets.) when I received a text message from our friend bamlinden from My Hockey Card Obsession.
He was at our local monthly card show and was asking what card numbers I needed to complete the 2013 In The Game Masked Men 5 insert set. We both love the goalie mask cards long time.
Being where I was doing what I was doing, I couldn't answer. But I told him I'd get back to him later.
Fast forward to late afternoon on Sunday, and I get another text message. He managed to grab a "couple" of cards for me.
A couple = thirteen, by the way.
Here they are, in glorious pinky-red refractory shiny goodness. After this, I only need three more to finish off my 50 card set.
The Eagle!

for some reason, Fleury is both card #9 AND #10 in this set. Two different masks, but still....

one of the least deserving members of the Hall of Fame. Grant Fuhr? Really???

Grattoony the Looney!

Speaking of looney...


Olie the goalie.

One of my faves, Denis Herron

Bobby Lou in a retro turned current mask. How's the weather down there?

Kirk McLean. I got nuthin'.

Never liked this guy. Too bad I missed his final year which was with the Habs.

Speaking of never liked..

and finally, Damian Rhodes! Um.... yeah.

Thanks Brett! A great swap for sure. First time I've ever traded food for cards, but whatever works.
Now does anyone have Brian Hayward, Arturs Irbe or Jonathan Quick???