So, Sidney Crosby returned to the NHL tonight. Of course, this event was overhyped in Canada. CBC decided to cover the game nationally at the last minute, and every major news and sport news agency was all over it. For most of the game, of the top ten Twitter Trends in Canada, five or six related to this hockey game in Pittsburgh. So, basically, the hockey-loving Canadian stereotype was perpetuated in a significant way throughout the evening.
In other news, the New York Islanders were relevant today. You know, in the way that the Winnipeg Jets used to be relevant because Wayne Gretzky scored on them a lot. The Islanders will also be relevant for a second time this week on Wednesday for looking just awful on the ice.
Most importantly, through all the talk about concussions, headshots, fighting and protecting superstars, Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including the game winner, and two assists. He also posted a plus three rating and won 14 of 21 faceoffs, all in under 15 minutes of ice time, leading to a solid night for my fantasy hockey team. Like I said, this is the most important thing. Why this is not being reported in “mainstream media,” I will never fully understand.
One thing is certain: the NHL is a better place today than it was yesterday. Welcome back, 87.