Not the greatest night for our boy Dion with the Flames. He physically abused Peter Forsberg all night, only to watch from the penalty box as Floppa set up the game-winner in Colorado's resurrection-of-a-victory over Calgary. Later, Dion was schooled in the corner, coughing up the puck to lead to Milan Hejduk's game-clincher in the third. Even his trash-talking fell on deaf ears. Yep, it was a night that makes you go home and drop some tears in your beers...that is, if you weren't also the guy currently Phaneuf'ing Elisha Cuthbert. Yippee!
Yes indeed, the woman who was fast-tracked to become the first Mrs. Sean Avery last year is allegedly involved with Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, as this gossip site colorfully broke the news: "Just signed 6 year contract reportedly worth over $6 million a year and he's only 22...one of the brightest young stars in the league. And his c*ck just got a little bigger. Because he's banging the girl next door."
There's no denying Phaneuf's effect on people...although usually his unique charm leads to professional hockey writers penning lines like "Phaneuf is a punk, by the way. And some day he's going to get his, and it's not going to be pretty for him." Our buddy Erin Nicks notes that Cuthbert was once described as "very short, and very stupid" when she was with Avery. But I tend to side with Margee on SportsSquee, who tracks Cuthbert's shrewd puck-bunny progression from Avery to (allegedly) Montreal's Mike Komisarek to Phaneuf: "She's graduated from the meth-faced 'charms' and middling paycheck of Avery, to the strapping good looks and higher pay grade of Komisarek, to the panty-burning glare and 6-year, bajillion-dollar contract of Phaneuf. From here, it's Ovechkin or bust."
Meanwhile, Back on the Ice. Desperation can be a good thing. The Flyers were the low-hanging fruits in the Wales Conference, and when everyone assumed they'd be picked off by the also-rans Philly went on a tear. Now it's Colorado, playing for its postseason life, who finally gets Forsberg back and wins a critical game against Calgary, 2-0. The Avs are 5-1 with Floppa in the lineup. I don't care if his ankle is about to snap off: They need to keep him on the ice down the stretch, even if it's via a "Weekend at Bernie's"-style system of duct tape, sunglasses and puppetry.