Good morning! “What’d I Miss?” is a feature that will run after weekends for those people who used their weekend like, doin’ stuff instead of constantly watching hockey. Doin’ stuff is the worst. Stick-tap to Pro Hockey Talk, a major source for this.
Sergei Kostitsyn had one of the best (worst) “lick stamp, mail it in” plays of the year
The Preds and Oilers were knotted up at one in the third period yesterday, when Nashville went on the powerplay. Unfortunately for them, a pass to Sergei Kostitsyn hopped his stick, and the Oilers raced out to the neutral zone to grab it.
With Kostitsyn on Gagner, the Preds were fine…until Sergei randomly decided to call it a shift. Check this out (and the bench’s reaction when he changes):
B.Trotz on S.Kostitsyn: “I can’t give you a logical explanation for an illogical event. He didn’t recognize the situation.”
— Mark Spector Sports (@SportsnetSpec) March 18, 2013
That feels like an understatement.
The Sabres are a ticking time bomb
So Patrick Kaleta got healthy scratched the first game after his suspension ended, which was pretty hilarious. I guess they thought he deserved more. He uh…wasn’t happy about it:
“I’m pissed off. I want to play. And especially after watching some things, sitting there watching the game, I want to play. … I guess they don’t need me right now I guess. I’ve been pissed off watching for the past couple weeks. No matter if you’re a fan, a player, you guys know what’s going on. You should be pissed off. You should play with a little piss and vinegar. You shouldn’t be happy. We’re not in position we want to be in. We have to work harder, come in and do something about it.”
“I guess they don’t need me right now I guess” is pretty hilarious passive aggression.
Anyway, Ryan Miller didn’t take to kindly to those comments:
“We’re not even discussing what Patty says, you guys. That’s just drama and he needs to just grow up if he’s gonna say that to you guys. You know what? He had a stupid play in a game. He sat, he was punished. He has to get over it and move on.
“We handled it. He doesn’t have to go to you guys and say that stuff. There: I’m addressing it now and I’ll go and talk to him about it. There’s no reason to say that.”
The lost both their games this weekend (though they did grab a point against Ottawa Saturday), and now find themselves in 14th in the Eastern Conference.
Get. Miller. Outta there.
Kyle Turris and Ondrej Pavelec were both excellent on a play
Turris because his bomb of a shot actually was excellent, and Pavelec because his save attempt is pretty hilarious. Gotta dig the effort though.
Sens have won two straight, and currently sit comfortably in fifth in the East.
Vancouver rocked some new (old) threads, scored six seconds into the game
The ended up losing to Detroit 5-2 (and falling out of first in the Northwest, a spot now held by the Minnesota Wild), but for a moment, it looked like their retro Vancouver Millionaires digs were going to be awful lucky.
Ryan Suter has officially pulled it together.
He was getting some heat early in the season for his play, but check out what he’s done since, from Michael Russo:
He not only leads the Wild with 23 points in 27 games (Jared Spurgeon led Wild defensemen with 23 points in 70 games last season), Suter is second among all NHL defensemen in both points and assists (21).
Suter leads the league in average ice time per game (27 minutes, 16 seconds). And by catapulting to legitimate Norris Trophy contender status he has shown exactly why Parise aligned himself with Suter during last summer’s free-agent frenzy.
And the Wild have ascended with him. They beat the Avs 6-4 on Saturday, have won two straight (7-3-0 in last 10), and now sit in third in the West.
Patrick Kane did a Patrick Kane thing
Nice to be able to use that headline after St. Patty’s Day weekend and not have it mean what it used to mean.
The Blackhawks only played one game this weekend, but they still outscored the majority of teams who played more, given that they hung eight on the Dallas Stars, including THIS:
The Blackhawks have won their past two games, and currently lead all NHL teams by five. They’re having a decent year.
Jordin Tootoo and Mike Brown both throw lots of punches
We’ve been teasing our “punch Corsi” advanced stat that we’ve been researching, and you won’t be surprised to hear that these two do pretty well.
Oh hey, and I should probably note: Detroit has now won a couple games in a row, and is quietly climbing the standings. They’re fifth in the West now, and only a point off a home ice playoff seed.
A bunch of people scored own goals
I have no idea why, but this seems to be happening a lot lately. Here’s Krejci:
And here’s Petry:
Nice work, fellas.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson got paid
Six years, $33 mill. Not a bad price to pay for a potential Norris Trophy winner.
And finally….this happened. MOAR PUNCHFIGHTS
Go to 3:30 for all your punch fight needs (check on the dude swinging around the glass where the benches meet, it’s great).