There weren't a lot of Americans in the stands at the rink in Slovakia on the day after the SEALS took out Bin Laden in Pakistan, but they would have had even more to cheer about....
Norway, 1-15 against the U.S. in the Worlds, was up 2-0 early in the second and was outplaying in the Stars and Stripes kids. I was tweeting away from the relative comfort of Chez Zipay, while finishing up the last of my season's expenses and bouncing thru some old and new tunes: Social Distortion's "California", the Sounds, Davy Knowles, Beady Eye (ex-Oasis), Sam Roberts' "Last Crusade", Maurice John Vaughn.
But after killing off a sloppy Derek Stepan tripping penalty midway through the second, the switch was flipped: forechecking, winning battles on the wall, keeping pucks in the Norway zone, finishing at 20-5 in shots in the second. If you were watching on Versus, you had the sense that they just needed to get one past Lars Haugen and the tide would turn.
I froze the music; logged off the expense report, and focused. The Americans scored four in a row in the third to knock off the guys with the polar bears on the unis. Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider each had an assist. Nick Palmieri had two of the four goals. Al Montoya hung in after one slipped through his pads and couldn't get his glove up in time on a shorthanded breakaway.
Everything gets tougher now, but last year's team never got past this round, so it's gravy. Next up, Sweden on Wednesday at 2:15. And you know what? Zach Parise, in the studio with Bill Pidto, is pretty natural.
Tonight, Bs in Philly for Game 2. Given the raid in Abottabad, you think the rivets and cross beams in Wells Fargo Center will survive the "God Bless America" duet?