Anyway, at some point towards the beginning of the season someone at MSG (the network that employs Fischler) decided that they'd bring their 74-year-old commentator into the 21st Century and gave him a blog. Since then, The Maven has had moments of lucidity scattered amongst bizarre rants, but it seems that he has brought his "eh?"-game to the playoffs. Here's a "Best of The Maven, Playoff Edition":
I told you how disgusting these playoff beards look on television last week. After taking a look at Scott Niedermayer's uglier-than-ugly, grey-black, hirsute mess, I urge Gary Bettman to intervene.
By rights, I should never let emotion get the best of me when it comes to predicting Stanley Cup playoff series. Granted, I lost it the other night, suggesting that the Rangers will sweep the Sabres. That's a stretch; but there's no doubt in my mind that the Blueshirts will beat Buffalo – and I'll make it in five games.
Since the Sabres exited so unceremoniously, it begs the question: would the Rangers have done better against Ottawa had they not blown Game Five in Buffalo with 7.7 seconds in the third period? Answer: YES.
[Lindy] Ruff never figured a way to untangle his knotty offense so that a mediocre, second-stringer like Ray Emery could legitimately have been tested.
- It's difficult to imagine a team winning The Stanley Cup with the Human Sieve, Ray Emery, in goal. Yet, it could happen because the Ottawa defense is so strong – from number one to number six – and the forwards so forceful, that Emery barely is tested from game to game.
- I can't see either Detroit or Anaheim giving the Sens a real test. Already, I'm presenting the mug to Bryan Murray and his sensational chaps on the banks of the Rideau Canal.
There's a myth out there suggesting that Canadian hockey fans know more than their American counterparts. Believe me, it's a crock of applesauce.
That's so Maven.