Morning Skate: Sabres, Canadiens cry over Bruins

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Morning Skate: Sabres, Canadiens cry over Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. Talk about the perfect storm brewing between other Eastern Conference teams earlier this week in Montreal.

The Canadiens and the Sabres played their first game against each other right out of the All-Star break, and it was a typically nasty Northeast Division affair. There were bone-crushing hits doled out and plenty of words chirped in both French and English, but there was one little wrinkle that must have amused the Bruins.

Buffalo and Montreal basically descended into a war of words over which team acted the part of the bigger punk when it comes to playing victim to the Bruins. Buffalo center Paul Gaustad starting by nonsensically yelling Wheres Chara? to Max Pacioretty, who of course was on the receiving end of a turnbuckle smash at the Bell Centre last season that left him with a fractured vertebrae and severe concussion.

But that wasnt the end of it. P.K. Subban, of all people, was among a group of Canadiens players that verbally slammed Gaustad and the Sabres for failing to defend Ryan Miller when Milan Lucic rammed into him earlier this season. It was almost like a couple of weepy ex-girlfriends on a reality show arguing about which one got dumped worse by the eligible bachelor.

But thats essentially what the Bruins have done to a pair of their Northeast Division rivals with their smash-mouth and intimidating style of play. The Bruins dont even to be on the same frozen sheet with the Sabres and the Canadiens to play the role of the schoolyard bully when it comes to their scraps.

That is true intimidation. On to the links:

Mitch Melnick from TSN 990 lays out the reasons why Pierre McGuire would make an excellent GM of the Montreal Canadiens with the esteemed franchise badly in need of leadership.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika gets in deep with the CBA and the two opposing sides in his Three Periods column for Yahoo! Sports.

The Hockey News Adam Proteau gets hockey apologies from all 30 NHL teams with the second-half of the regular season getting underway.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the scoop on Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi talking about his Stars club getting active at the NHL trade deadline.

The CSNNE.com creative team has come up with a trailer for a movie we like to call Hashtag: Free Joe Haggerty and its a pretty damned hilarious segment on the Great American Hockey Show.

Boston homeboy Ryan Whitney has missed the majority of the season with ankle issues, but returned with a solid game last night for an Edmonton Oilers team thats really missed him.

For something completely different: the first three minutes of the next episode of the Walking Dead courtesy of Perez Hilton.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?

 

 

Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

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Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it. 

Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually. 

All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded. 

Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.  

It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours. 

Here are some things about the Warriors:

- They won their second NBA title in three years. 

- They went 16-1 in the postseason. 

- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.  

- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game. 

Here are some things about Love Actually:  

- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference. 

- Casual homophobia is rampant. 

- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died. 

- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders. 

- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone. 

- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office. 

- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her. 

- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 

So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution. 

Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best. 

Love Actually stinks.