Sure, this series between the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings is going to hell in a handbasket incredibly fast. The good news is that the Blues are not yet eliminated, and they DID show some spirit in their 4-2 loss last night. The bad news . . . well, the Blues are trailing 0-3 in this series and there’s nothing showing that they WILL recover enough to make this a respectable series again.
Speaking of this good/bad dichotomy . . . this fight between Jamie Langenbrunner and Mike Richards happened last night . . . and it really came out of left field.
Here’s the video:
I’ll start with this: Richards won the fight. But I’ll continue by saying that this was a brilliant, veteran move by Langenbrunner, not only to draw an extra two-minute minor on Richards but to get him off the ice for five more minutes by drawing him into a scrap. Really, what the hell is Richards even doing, fighting a guy who basically is – in hockey terms – a septuagenarian? (WHAT I’M SAYING IS THAT LANGENBRUNNER IS OLD!) I don’t know, and I can’t understand why he would feel good about getting into this scrap, other than that it got him one-third of the way to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick that he earned by the end of this contest.
Not to be insensitive about current events, but what Richards did here was basically the same as what got the now-late Craig Cornett in trouble with the law . . . beating up the elderly, except this was on the ice and not at some casino in St. Chuck County. But I digress . . . and I’m an insensitive jerk, but whatever.
I expect the Blues to show up Sunday and kick some ass. If not, await the curtains and handshakes.