Sid the Kid returned to the NHL this week after losing the last 10 months to a nasty headshot in last year’s Winter Classic. And what a return it was, as the Kid continued right where he left off last year with a four-point effort as the Pens dismantled the lowly Isles. His return couldn’t have come at a better time since the NHL is not been making the waves it should be with the NBA’s absence from the sporting scene. Outside of Sundays and the NFL, this is one of the most important seasons in recent memory for the NHL to draw-in new fans.
Sid ripped back the title of hockey’s greatest star in only three shifts as we sliced through the NY Isles D and roofed a backhander short side. I know, I know, it’s the Isles we’re talking about, but it’s been 10 months! He must have felt like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting (“Do you have any idea how easy this is for me?”)
Words cannot describe how much the NHL needs Sid’s star power. In his absence, who was carrying the torch you might ask? Alex Ovechkin slumping in D.C.? The Sedin twins? Too boring. (Plus, everyone hates the Nucks.) Boston has the Stanley Cup hangover but they’re getting it going. Phil Kessel is leading the scoring race for the love of God. (That’s not a typo.)
Sid is the NHL, and everything that makes it great. Flash, dash, a great smile and most importantly humility, which is so often lacking in pro sports these days. NHL and sports is better today with Sid back on the ice.
Welcome back Sid, welcome back.
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