Oh, Foxy Friday. You never disappoint.
Well, sometimes you disappoint when you shave your goatee into a mustache that means you’re not allowed within 100 feet of a playground.
But then, you score the goal that keeps your team’s dream alive:
And somehow, magically, in the post-game your ‘stache has is approaching the border between ‘okay’ and ‘OKAY?!’
Our cries of, “WTH, who shaves in the playoffs?” were for nothing. Shaving in the playoffs is the new black. Henrique ditches the goatee, scores the GWG. Clarkson removes his beautiful ruddy beard and gets an assist. The entire Devils squad will be shorn for Game 5.
As you know, Henrique scored the series-ending double OT goal vs. Florida and the series-ending single OT (boring!) goal vs. New York. The Calder Trophy voting for Rookie of the Year is only supposed to encompass the regular season – have they already voted? It’s completely unfair if they haven’t, since neither Nugent-Hopkins or Landeskog reached the post-season. Still, how can this performance not count?! There’s no impartial jury out there now.
I felt bad that so many people paid so much money to see their team win at home – I dream of this someday being me. That was quickly outweighed by my selfish desire for hockey season to last all year. What else can make us so deliriously happy, gut-wrenchingly sad and seat-shiftingly uncomfortable?
Mike Richards. Chuck called him a “dark swarthy pirate of love” for this look. I think he’s starting to resemble an Ewok in the Witness Protection Program. Pierre, of course, is on a first date. Watch him do the ‘casual arm-swing’ hoping to brush against Mike. We know all your tricks, little man!! He’s going to walk Mike right to his door and hope to be invited in.
ACK. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Anyway, back to work for both teams Saturday night. It’s a chance for the Devils to really make this one interesting, or the Kings to extend their record road-game streak. Either way, I’m glad to get one more game out of this season.