In the excellent Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey talks about the greatest sounds in the world, and has the audacity to leave the sound of a puck hitting the post off his list. I suppose it was the 40′s and guys didn’t shoot like they do now, so I’ll excuse him.
As a forward, I’m biased towards a certain type of sound – I wrote this for Puck Daddy a couple years ago in my “5 things I love about hockey” post, explaining what I love about it.
That miniscule, high-pitched “TING!” that’s barely audible when you score just inside the post and catch just the tiniest piece of it. Not the metallic “thud” of a puck hitting the post solid. Only those crazy goalies like that one.
It’s the perfect shot – as far to the outskirts of the net as possible without having the puck rejected like a basketball off the back of the rim. Ideally, the “ting!” would come from the top-corner, off the elbow, glove hand. That’s the good stuff right there. And if you’re lucky, the net is wound super-tight, so it spits the puck right back out, making you feel like you’re packing Ovechkin-style heat (you’re not).
As I mentioned, when it’s the dull clang of solid contact, it can be pretty disheartening. That’s the stuff that leaves you staring at the ceiling at night, agonizing over fractions of inches.
Today, Dirk Hoag of The Forechecker posted a list of the guys who had their hearts ripped out by that sound the most this season, and awarded the title of Lord of the Pings.
The result? Eric Staal ran away with the prize, hitting 17 posts, which may have contributed to his lowest goal total since his rookie season, as Hoag pointed out. Here’s the rest of the list – some mighty good names are included.
|John Tavares||NY Islanders||10|
|Zach Parise||New Jersey||8|
|Ryan Callahan||NY Rangers||8|
|Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay||8|
Check out the full post here for some more information on OT and shootout “pings.”