Semyon Varlamov


Toronto 4
Calgary 2  (Recap)

Boston 2
Pittsburgh 3 (Recap)

San Jose 4
Los Angeles 3 (Recap)

Detroit 2
Vancouver 1 (Recap)


Notable Numbers

* Anze Kopitar tallied a goal and an assist in his 23:24 of ice time. Kopitar’s assist came in the final 10 minutes, and his goal came in overtime, so y’know, they were sort of helpful points.

* Logan Couture‘s goal and assist only got him to fifth in NHL scoring. Team Canada?

* Jarome Iginla is slowly starting to get it going in Boston – he scored on this shot in a 3-2 loss:

* The Leafs continue to get ridiculous goaltending – Jonathan Bernier stopped 41 of 43 for a .953 save percentage in a win over Calgary.


What Happened

Shorthanded, no problem

From the NHL:

James van Riemsdyk and Paul Ranger each scored shorthanded goals in Toronto’s 4-2 victory over Calgary. The team hadn’t recorded two or more shorthanded goals in a game since Dec. 19, 2005, when Matt Stajan and Mats Sundin each tallied while a man down in a 9‑6 victory over the Islanders.

The Maple Leafs now have a League-leading four shorthanded goals this season; they scored one in 48 regular-season games last year.

Teams should always have to play with four skaters against Calgary just to keep things fair.


Hot start

The Kings ended up beating their in-state rival Sharks in OT, but the Sharks did have some fun. They scored 13 seconds into the game, for example.


Shanaban time?

Carter Ashton, you cannot throw this hit. This is how you paralyze someone.



When teams like the Red Wings and Canucks play, you know the score is going to be close. So Luongo saying he’d like to have the Red Wings eventual game winner back is understandable. Probably not the best goal he’s ever given up.


Dupuis is crazy tough

We’ve come to accept that hockey players lose teeth and keep playing, which I feel has dulled the senses of your average fan. Losing teeth is miserable. Last night Pascal Dupuis lost one. Here he is pulling it out. My god – I don’t have that pain tolerance.



The Sedins are silly

But seriously, you’re always going to go uncovered when you drift for a fadeaway from the corner. You just have to be good enough to make that shot.


Other News

* Bob McKenzie of TSN was on the Backhand Shelf Podcast yesterday, we had a great chat. You can check that out here.

* Semyon Varlamov turned himself in on charges of kidnapping and assault. You can check out more on that here.

* Maybe Patrice Bergeron shouldn’t have played in the Finals? Check that link out to hear him describe his injuries.

On his punctured lung, separated shoulder:

“Before Game 6, with us down 3-2, I saw a specialist who said the only way I could play was to get a nerve block that’d freeze the area around the rib. So I got one, and another that night. During warm-ups it wasn’t quite right, so we did another shot. I separated my shoulder in the first period on a fall along the boards. By the third, I couldn’t breathe. After the game, it felt like my chest was closing in on me.”

Pretty standard stuff.

* Toby Enstrom is out on Sochi because he wants to focus on the Jets?

* Rick DiPietro’s walk back to the NHL won’t be easy. He got back on the horse in Charlotte last night in a loss.

* And finally…what the hell, Hal Gill?