When someone asks me if a Wes Anderson movie was “funny,” I usually respond with unnatural, waffling analytical half-statements like “I guess it was… kind of… well this one part was kinda weird, but in a funny — well not “ha ha” funny but like, pleasant, and like… there’s some quirky… like… there aren’t really ‘jokes’, but there’s… I mean, I love Bill Murray, and in this movie he’s… interesting…”
But when I see a movie that’s actually funny (at least by regular human definition), and someone asks me if it was funny, I just say “Yeah, it’s really really funny.”
Similarly, when Marc-Andre Fleury is struggling, I go into “describing Wes Anderson comedy” mode to defend his play, always wondering if I’m being too harsh on him for looking at a “4 goals on 24 shots” stat and immediately criticizing him without reflection, with statements like:
“I guess that first one got deflected, so that’s bad luck… Ehhh, I guess he could’ve covered that one rebound but the D should’ve tied the guy up in front… That third one wasn’t a great shot to give up, but it was a 3-on-2, so I guess it’s not… totally Fleury…”
But when Marc-Andre Fleury is playing well, like he did against Calgary Wednesday night and against Toronto on Saturday, I don’t have to qualify any statements or co-criticize the Pens’ D, I can just straight-out say without having to think that “Fleury played really, really well.”
With 37 saves on 38 shots — including more than a few near tap-in chances — Fleury absolutely stole a win last night for the second time in the Pens’ last three games. Here’s hoping Fleury’s turned the corner and I won’t have to drag out my Wes Anderson descriptions anymore, if only because I hate speaking when I don’t even know what I’m trying to say (though you’d be surprised how often this happens). Marc-Andre – please just be Superbad.
Other thoughts on last night’s game, including Crosby’s 30th goal: