So we all know that the big deal tonight was the introduction of Brad Richards. Good god, and what an introduction it was. Five assists!
Quite a memorable game, if you ask me. Niklas Hagman got his first career hat trick, and Brad Richards had a career high with his five assists. I’m still hesitant to make a judgement based on one game, but man, this Brad Richards guy rules. I of course still miss Smitty, Jussi, and Halpie, but they’ll do well for themselves in Tampa, and we’ll do well here with Richards. Who knows, maybe next year the Lightning will have more than 50-something points in February, due mostly to the addition of our players.
From what I could tell on my television, the American Airlines Center was one loud, celebratory place tonight. I wish I had bought tickets, but I’m so broke I couldn’t.
The third period had a couple of fights – one from Morrownator, one from Otter. I’m a little scared of Brenden Morrow now – he’s certainly not a man I would want to piss off.
Just for the record, Niskanen and Zubov were both out. Niskanen’s X-ray came back clean, though, so hopefully we’ll see him out on the ice again on Saturday night. We’d better, or else I might cry.