* Tomas Hertl scored four times last night for the Sharks as San Jose piled on the Rangers by a score of 9-2. The Sharks look legitimately scary by the way, but we can talk about them later. For now let’s focus on the Teenage (check) Mutant (apparently) Ninja (undeniably) Hertl. He became the youngest player to score four goals in an NHL game (19 years, 330 days old) since Jimmy Carson did it (19 years, 254 days) in 1988.
He um, now leads the NHL in points and goals.
This all happened because I contemplated picking him up for my fantasy team – and didn’t – after his initial two goal showing, you all know that right? Now everyone is going to snap him up right as he boards the Regression Train back to Normaltown. (But seriously, he’s playing on a stacked Sharks team on Joe Thornton’s line, he’ll probably pour in a good amount of points this season.)
ANYWHO, the talk today is all about his fourth goal, one in which his confidence was so mindblowingly high that he went uber-fancy. I’ve got some thoughts on it, but first check it out for yourself:
I’m going to get crucified for saying this, but: that’s not that hard a move to pull off, and it’s effective. I’m surprised we don’t see it more – you get the goalie moving one way and you can shoot it back across the grain. It’s not that hard to get up either, it’s just a legitimate, great move. It’s not showboating or anything like that, it’s an effective way to score that just comes with the added perk of being And1 towel spin worthy.
They interviewed Hertl after the game, and it was pretty awesome. His Mom and GF were in the house and just bursting with pride. You can check that out here. Maybe he can give them one of his new hats?
— brguerrero (@brguerrero) October 9, 2013
* Jussi Jokinen was up against his old squad last night in the Carolina Hurricanes. The last time he played them after the trade he burned them for two goals, which must have really hurt, being that they’re still paying $900,000 of his salary just to not have him on their team. Well hahaha he burned them for a hat-trick last night in a 5-2 Pens win. Here’s all three:
* Leafs fans are displeased after a 2-1 loss to the undefeated(!) Colorado Avalanche, mostly because Tyler Bozak received a full 10 minutes more ice-time than Nazem “bottom six” Kadri last night. Also because they seem to really want to hate the Jonathan Bernier trade, but the dude has been flat-out impressive so far. He stopped 31 of 33 on Tuesday.
The only reason he thinks that, if we’re being honest, is because he received a shot to the head.
That’s Brad Stuart volunteering a piece of his elbow to Mr. Nash’s brain. After the game, Nash had this to say:
“I have a headache. It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned the way it feels.”
He left the game and didn’t return, so needless to say, he’s on concussion-watch.
Will Stuart see supplementary discipline? Really tough call, but I’ll guess no. Stuart’s skates stay on the ice, and the elbow was called within the game. I really don’t care for the hit, so I’d be okay if the League decided to give him a game (he easily could’ve got more body here), but the things I mentioned and the fact that Nash’s head does change position (he’s turning up-ice) as Stuart approaches makes it hard to ding him. You can check out the full video here.
A couple OT winners were scored
Jason Garrison scored the overtime winner to put a damper on Cory Schneider’s return to Vancouver. Schneider was great though, as he stopped 29 of 32 shots (Luongo stopped 21 of 23). You can check out the Garrison goal here.
It doesn’t get the full embed, however, as this beauty from Alex Killorn was about 306 times nicer, and truly deserves it. His patience pushed the Bolts past the Sabres 3-2. Buffalo, man. You’re in for a year.
Oh, hey, let’s talk about something: I’m so confused by commentators who yell “SCORE!” without the “s” after goals, like in the video above. I mean, “He scores!” can be shortened to “Scores!” I’m not really sure what to do with the singular form. Is it advice? Did he not see it go in, and is telling the guys what to do? I mean “GOAL!” works as a singular. It’s a goal. We do not call it a score in hockey. And by “we do not call it a score in hockey,” I mean if you’re someone who does this, you should stop. Immediately.
After getting shellacked by the St. Louis Blues, I thought Tim Thomas might be in an interesting situation. The Flyers are 0-3, just fired and replaced their head coach, and have enough talent to be decent.
Be interesting w/ Tim Thomas if Philly comes out mobbing & lights up FLA after their STL game. Rough start allow Markstrom a shot to start?
— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) October 8, 2013
Playing at home, I thought there was a chance they’d steamroll the Panthers, Thomas would have two bad games in a row, and things would start to get weird. Well, that sorta happened.
Thomas allowed two goals in bizarre fashion in the first period on five shots, pulled his groin in the process of the second one (in which he looked like a seal trying to jump on an iceberg to pull in a penguin), and left the game.
Around The League
* Craig Berube told a reporter to “get lost” after a question about follow-up discipline for Jay Rosehill’s idiocy against the Panthers. In that close game, he took a penalty, started skating to the box, then averted course to go chase down someone else and take another penalty. Berube barb was more dismissive than anything, but still – rough start to the post-game pressers in Philly.
* Filip Forsberg scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game for the Nashville Predators last night. He was traded there from Washington for Martin Erat, who’s holding down fourth line minutes for the Caps for some curious reason. So, in the early stages of this trade playing out, Nashville has to like the decision they made.
* Tyler Seguin is back on Twitter, for whatever that’s worth.
New twitter. New team. New home. New beginning. #Dallas
— Tyler Seguin (@tylerseg91) October 9, 2013
* And finally, you know we love it here whenever anyone goes Backhand. Shelf. Take it away, Tanner Glass.