Monday, 29 April 2013

The Matrix Is Real

How else can you explain this amazing save in which Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre utterly dumbfounds Rochester Americans forward (and Buffalo 2012 1st round pick) Zemgus Girgensons? I hope MacIntyre followed up the play by taunting Girgensons, quoting Agent Jones in sneeringly saying, "Only human."

I'm not sure if the strange bolt of light in this clip is a sign that the machines in The Matrix have changed something, a luminescent boom following MacIntyre's thought process exceeding the speed of light, or perhaps thousands of time travelers appeared at the same time to relive the best save in AHL history.

Forgive me for exaggerating: you see, the AHL Marlies offer Leafs fans an escape from and a mirror-image of the reality facing the blue and white this spring. While fate cruelly set the Leafs against Boston in the first round of the NHL playoffs, it was equally barbarous for positioning the Marlies against the Amerks. While Boston has outplayed Toronto over the last two seasons, the Marlies have dominated the Amerks (winning 16 of 17 match ups--including 5 playoff games--since March 2012). While it would take a miracle for the Leafs to make it through the first round, it would take a catastrophe to prevent the Marlies from advancing.

If this keeps up, maybe we should change the Marlies' name to the "Bizarro-World Maple Leafs" since they now win division championships, play hockey in May, and live up to their intimidating reputation regularly.

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