Big Time Pond Hockey

Paul Gaustad, Portland’s very own NHL star, just took to the ice for the first ever regular season outdoor NHL game in the US in front of 73,000 fans at the Buffalo Bills’ converted Ralph Wilson Stadium. It’s snowing like crazy and cold, and you can’t help but think Paul’s going to have a harder time than the guys who grew up skating on ponds, like Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

It’s hard to root against my birth-town Pens, but I’ve got to go with Gaustad and the Sabres on this one.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, live now (10 am Tuesday) on NBC (Portland channel 8).

4 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    Buffalo lost in a shoot-out, 2-1. Paul Gaustad got lots of ice, won several face-offs against Sidney Crosby, had some big hits, and had at least one good scoring opportunity.

    The Oregonian was right on top of the story, with an AP piece on the inside of today’s sports section. The editors forced to work this holiday weekend couldn’t be bothered to add a line or two about the fact that a kid from Beaverton who worked his way up through the juniors as captain of the Winter Hawks is now one of Buffalo’s top face-off men.

  2. Nolando (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

    Odd but not surprising they’d miss the local angle, unfortunately. I just wish Comcast carried the CBC – would’ve much preferred to witness history with the likes of Don Cherry and Marty McSorley instead of Bob (human ugnaught) Costas.

  3. Steve (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    I’d take CBC over NBC any day, but you’ve got to admit Costas’ story of nearly getting the snot kicked out of him by Bill “Goldie” Goldthorpe was priceless. And Mike Milbury was a nice addition to the NBC intermission crew.

  4. Nolando (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Milbury was a nice addition but he ain’t no Marty McSorley.

    Oh and I think this is the concept of a typical hockey fan floating around in most folks’ minds:

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