Â• Looks like Alexander Semin is for real. The Washington winger potted two more goals Saturday, giving him 29 on the season and moving him into sole possession of third place in the league.
Lest you think he's scoring because of the other Russian sniper on his team, consider that Alex Ovechkin has assisted on only five of Semin's goals this year. Hockey types can fawn over Crosby and Malkin all they want, but the Capitals have a pretty dynamic duo of their own.
Â• Congratulations to legendary goalie Ken Dryden, who will have his jersey retired by the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre. Everyone enjoys poking fun at Dryden for his tendency to give long-winded answers and speeches, but I'll take those over the usual caveman grunts that emanate from athletes any day.
Â• Speaking of legendary goalies, Vancouver's Roberto Luongo certainly is building his legend with the Canucks. Luongo stopped 39 of 40 Sharks shots Sunday night and hasn't put up a save percentage of below .910 in a game since Dec. 30.
In fact, Luongo hasn't had a save percentage below .900 all season long. The Hart Trophy race is getting more crowded by the week.
Â• Saw Smokin' Aces this weekend at the local bijou. Not completely worthless, though I enjoy Jeremy Piven's Â“actingÂ” as much as major dental work.
The best part of the afternoon was watching the trailer for Wild Hogs, featuring John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and Tim Allen. I have no intention whatsoever of seeing it, of course. But any preview of a movie that stars not one, but three of the hammiest actors in the history of celluloid, serves as the cinematic equivalent of a tsunami early-warning system. Get yourselves to high ground immediately, people.