Mike Ulmer was part of the Leafs TV Interactive Broadcast. Read his thoughts.
Remember Zelig, the Woody Allen character always on the perimeter of history-making events.
Well, I'm like Zelig, except I would never marry my ex-wife's adopted daughter, as Woody did. Maybe the kid's mother, which is where I am right now, but I digress.
My point is, you are participating in a historic event, the early baby-steps of an online community watching something whose traces they don't have to go back and erase.
Leafs hockey is as wholesome as it gets, unless you are a lip reader in which case it becomes very chancy indeed.
Still, you can't beat the chance to choose your own camera angle, swap bon-mots with fellow sophisticates in real time and giggle at the uppity remarks from Leafs Geek, who by the way is not me or even related to me.
Come on over. I'll be dipping into the chat room and supplying a running commentary of what promises to be a critical game between the Leafs and the Washington Ovechkins.
Bet you didn't know that when he first came to Canada, Alexander Ovechkin fancied the notion of playing for the Maple Leafs. He's a free agent in four years. Is it too early to start sending nice things to his house?
Every Capitals practice is an open practice. Interesting marketing move. When they Leafs open their practices, they get 16,000 screaming school kids and a decibel range so high it could wound a Rottweiller. Any hockey fan would pay to watch Alex Ovechkin practice. Most would pay to see him scoop ice cream. His videos are available on Google with his goal against Phoenix, the one where he's sliding on his back, still the gold standard.
Nice job by the anthem singers. If those people ever sing O Canada again, I am personally going to lead a party across the border where we burn down half the White House - again.
Caps score after Andrew Raycroft misses a golf shot and lets puck go through his legs-twice. Once is a fluke, twice is a habit.
Tough shift for Hal Gill on the Alexander Semin goal. Gill got the puck knocked off his stick, ventured into his own zone and was caught flat-footed as Semin went by him. Not to say Gill was stationary, but I was afraid Semin was going to spray paint him on his way by. 2-0 Caps.
Speed, the kind the Caps have flashed, has been the Leafs Achilles heel this season. Speed has the same effect in any sport, the faster one team goes, the slower opposition seems to be moving. The Leafs look nervous and skittish with the puck and have been through the first period. I find it amazing that people think they can predict the events of a sporting event. Andrew Raycroft misplays a shoot in and suddenly the Leafs are consumed in a wildfire of panic. Honestly, who saw this coming?
The Degree commercial, the ones with the rhinos and disconcertingly large puppets, advertises one million molecules of odor protection. My question is, who counted? Is there a armpit odor unit counter somewhere and if so, why haven't I heard of it.
Olaf Kolzig is the anti-goalie. He is absolutely stone-cold calm. He's spent a career in Washington, got the Caps to the finals once, and has never once moaned about the sparse crowds or the coaching carousel. He's a guy everyone in the game wishes good things for. And at 36, he can still steal a game. Watch for him coming to a television booth near you.
Donald Brashear high sticks Darcy Tucker and then hammers him into the standard. Tell me again, why does the game need Donald Brashear, Cam Janssen and Chris Simon. What purpose do they serve?
Nik Antropov's deflection makes Brashear's stupid play even more damaging. Look for him to resurface...sometime in September.
Boyd Gordon scores after the Leafs can't clear the zone. You could have timed the Caps possession with a sundial.
Scoreboard camera reveals a precision skating team display in Washington. It's all fun and games until someone blows a sequin.
Atrocious checking job by Bates Battaglia on Kris Beech. Leafs are now down 4-1 and Andrew Raycroft hasn't delivered the big save against a team that came into the contest without a win in nine games. If the Leafs narrowly miss the playoffs, this will be one of the nights people speak of.
Okay. What's going on with the basketball team? Raps are down 100-84. Not a lot of good vibrations out there. Nights like tonight are the reason Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment stock isn't publicly traded.
Tomas Fleischmann scores for a 5-1 Washington lead. There are certain words that carry with them an impending sense of doom."Looks like we have another one for Guantanamo" is such a phrase. "You'll be taking your therapy from the same guy who helped Britney Spears is another. Tomas Fleischmann has scored for Washington is yet another.
Right now, the unluckiest people in the world are sitting listening to Maurice. The rule of thumb, the less a coach says on the bench, the more he says after. The Leafs only had a few problems. They can't defend when an attacker is wicked enough to bring the puck out from the corner. The goaltending wasn't very good. Nor was the penalty kill. Other than that, it was a mediocre performance.