The Boston Bruins wore ballcaps in warmups last night to pay tribute to the World Series champion Red Sox

The Boston Bruins wore ball-caps in warmups last night to pay tribute to the World Series champion Red Sox



Anaheim 2
Boston 3 (SO) (Recap)

Buffalo 0
NY Rangers 2 (Recap)

Nashville 4
Phoenix 5 (SO) (Recap)


Notable Numbers

* 19-year-old rookie defenseman Seth Jones played over 30 minutes last night against the Coyotes, firing three shots on net. Shea Weber did to, but he only played 29 minutes.

* Coyotes captain Shane Doan had a goal and an assist. 

* Ryan Miller stopped 44 of 46 shots for a .957 save percentage. Can you imagine if the Sabres even had like, an average goaltender? It’d be U-G-L-Y, and they wouldn’t have no alibi.


What Happened

Iggy pop the waterbottle

After Zdeno Chara scored in the final minutes to tie up the Ducks/Bruins game (after a couple great plays by Krug and Krejci), Jarome Iginla scored a beauty of a wrister to give the B’s the win. This guy’s shot is out of control.

Us righties love shooting on goofy-gloved goaltenders. “Wait, we get to go low-blocker or short-side glove now? This is easy.”


Human bowling

Speaking of comebacks, the Phoenix Coyotes pulled off a pretty massive one of their own. They fell behind 3-0 to the Nashville Predators after one period before setting to work chipping away and clawing back into the game.

It was Antoine Vermette who scored the game’s tying goal, on a play in which he both made a slick move, and got to run over the goalie. For a forward, that’s a damn near perfect play.

Mikkel Boedker scored in the shootout to give the Coyotes the win.


A head of the game

Henrik Lundqvist shut out the Buffalo Sabres by stopping all 29 shots he faced. I’m not sure if this one counts, but I do know he loves doing this.

For some reason he’s super into headbutting the puck. Go nuts, dude.


Wrong side of this one

Matt Hendricks got hurt after Derek Morris gave him a little extra somethin-somethin on this play:

An Opinion

Hockey people, we need to get on the same page about something. It’s your use of the word score. Take, for example, this description:


“Iginla’s scary good shootout score.”

No. Just, no.

I get what happened here. It was Halloween, so they wanted to work in “scary” to stick with the theme. Then they saw the chance for some alliteration, and because the NHL’s headline writers like to be cuter than 10 kittens, they went for it. But we just can’t allow this use of “score” anymore.

Iginla scored a scary good shootout goal. He scored it. The goal, I mean. And, as I’ve bitched about before, if someone shoots the puck and you’re a commentator, he “scores.” The oft-used singular – “He shoots, score!” or just “score!!” after a goal simply does not work. Maybe in other sports – perhaps more gentlemanly, English ones? – a goal can be called a score. And while it technically is one in hockey too, it just rubs me the wrong way. It’s a goal, gosh darnit.


Other News

* John Scott got roughly the exact number of games most people thought he would – seven – for his hit on Loui Eriksson. You can check out the explanation for the suspension here:

* The Leafs’ Carter Ashton has a hearing with the league for his terribly dangerous hit on Derek Smith.

* Dustin Penner returned from the concussion he received on the illegal Ryan Garbutt hit, and assisted on the Ducks first goal.

* And finally, Brian Burke wrote an editorial in USA Today explaining why he sees the value in fighting in the NHL. It’s a nuanced issue with no clear answer (despite what folks on teh internetz will tell you), so it was nice to hear a quality take from a guy on the pro-fighting side. Seems like we only ever hear from the other side these days.

He included:

Ninety-eight percent of NHL players voted to keep fighting in the game, yet somehow members of the news media take it upon themselves to try to convince the players that the scribes know what is best for them. They don’t write about the times a heavyweight skates by his opponent’s bench to say, “Settle down, or I’ll settle you down,” and it works. They don’t notice a tough guy warning an opponent at a faceoff. They’ve never heard a star player march into their office, slam the door and demand the team get tougher because he’s getting killed out there by opponents playing without fear. They’ve never seen a chippy game on the edge settle down after a good fight.

Comments (19)

  1. I’d be fine with, “He shoots. He scores!” but I totally get where you’re coming from.

  2. I used to hate Brian Burke, was not a huge fan of the Flames bringing him in. My opinion is changing, that was a good take from someone who seems to understand that fighting in hockey is the lesser of two evils. Those examples point that out well.

  3. I enjoy watching a “sincere” fight (as opposed to a WWE-style bout) as much as the next red-blooded, beer-guzzling brah. But here’s why I don’t understand this argument that fighting protects people:

    It doesn’t. Let’s take Pest. Pest likes to skate around and slash and trip and lay dirty hits on opposing players. One game, Pest is up to his usual tricks, and Goon, of the opposing team, comes by and says, “Settle down, or I’ll settle you down.” What does Pest say? He says, using his best English, “Go F yourself.” And on his next shift, he lays a nasty hit on one of the opposition’s stars. Goon is on the ice and freaks out. He skates right over to Pest, grabs him, spewing obscenities, and tries to fight him.

    What does Pest do here? He doesn’t chuck his gloves. He refuses to fight. He skates away, or he turtles, or whatever. So big ol’ Goon gets 5 for fighting, and Pest has no reason to be intimidated, because Goon isn’t allowed to just beat the holy hell out of him if he doesn’t elect to participate.

    Now, if Burke is actually arguing that the refs should *allow* a player to fight someone who declines the invitation, he’s being a complete lunatic and a jackass. See Bertuzzi v. Moore.

    • That is a very rare occurance. Usually when a guy did something that is unwritten law for punishment by fist to face, the ref is going to give goon and dirty pest punched out guy 5 each. What you described in that scenario does not happen often, guys almost always end up scrapping after they make the dirty play. If you watch video clips of suspension hits you’ll see the guy who made the dirty play drop his gloves almost every time.

    • Other than Ulf Samuelsson and Claude Lemieux, I don’t recall seeing a turtle in a good long while. Got an example?

  4. I completely agree with you on the use of the word “score”… I really feel like it’s an American thing, because I rarely, if ever, hear Canadians using it that way. It’s definitely not a British thing – I watch a lot of premier league football/soccer, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard them refer to a goal as a “score”. If you want to be gentlemanly, you use words like ‘tally’ (he’s increased the tally to 2 goals; he’s tallied another one for his club; etc), or… well, goal…

  5. Agreed on that. I am also not a fan of the inverted use of ‘untracked’. Actually it is more than that, it’s quite irritating. Untracked in any use of the phrase I can find is the negative. When It is said ‘the team/player can’t get untracked’ it’s backward. On the track good, off the track bad. See: trains.

    ‘The team/player can’t get back on track’ is what you want to say.

  6. the terrible misuse of “score” seems to be a uniquely american phenomenon…maybe something to do with football? In this case “scary good shootout snipe” would have worked a lot better.

  7. I’m with you on the scoring thing. My buddy tends to show up late and ask if the Avs have any points in the game…. I almost have an aneurysm trying to wrap my head around what he just asked.

    • I think that’s a lesser offense than the “score” thing, but yeah, still not right unless he’s asking about a specific player and referring to either a) goals or b) assists.

  8. Just wanted to drop in to salute you on the high quality Fishbone reference.

  9. Re: Score vs. Scores. I think it comes from sports with more than one way to score such as rugby or football. Not all scoring plays count the same. If you are down by 7 or less you are down by one score. Down by more than 7 it is a two score spread, etc. Or an I way off base?

  10. Pity for Sabres fans might be appropriate, and for Miller as well, but any team carrying John Scott on the roster deserves scorn. Whoever does a Clarke vs. Kharlomov on him will be a folk hero.

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