There are many more-pacifistic people out there who don’t support the biblical “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” belief, but I assure you that in professional sports, hockey in particular, those folks are few and far between. Sometimes you’re in a vulnerable position and you’re banking on your opponent to recognize that and be human. Usually, people are – peace, love and happiness, bro. When they’re not…
When they’re not you tend to get a little upset. You can forgive some accidents, and you can excuse guys playing hard, but you can’t excuse a guy recognizing you’re exposed and still trying to hurt you, legal play or not. This even applies to rec hockey, because for lack of a better way of putting it, “f*** that guy.” Nobody needs to get unnecessarily hurt. Even if it’s legal you don’t really want to establish yourself as someone who takes abuse well, so you may feel the need to get back at him. It’s not fun getting smoked in any situation, and when you get hurt in the process, double-f*** that guy. Hockey can be pretty, but it can also be pretty ugly if you don’t stand up for yourself occasionally.
Along a similar vein, a small digression: Steven Stamkos is back walking. Without crutches, without a boot, two weeks later, just…walking. It’s pretty incredible. He gave a press conference about it today, and said something fairly innocuous: “It was kind of a routine play, just a backcheck, I knew I had to catch a guy who was skating pretty fast, and…I think it was Hamilton in front of the net there, and…I think there probably wasn’t any intentional contact, but there was a little contact there, and I lost my footing, and those are the areas that as soon as you go down it’s an “uh-oh” moment.” Read the rest of this entry »
Ottawa 2 (Recap)
Nashville 0 (Recap)
* Ilya Bryzgalov pitched a shutout for the Edmonton Oilers, which is a really incredible sentence. Bryzgalov is back in the NHL? He plays for the Oilers? The Oilers shut a team out? The hell is going on here?
* Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist, which pushes him to 15th in league scoring (24 points in 27 games). The Sedins are going to be good for a looong time. (I should also mention that Henrik had two assists, which gives him 27 in 27, 9th in league scoring.)
* Jordan Eberle is on a similar pace. His goal and assist last night gives him 22 in 26 games.
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Los Angeles 2
San Jose 3 (Recap)
Columbus 0 (Recap)
Washington 4 (Recap)
NY Islanders 2 (Recap)
Buffalo 1 (Recap)
New Jersey 3 (Recap)
Detroit 6 (Recap)
Pittsburgh 6 (SO) (Recap)
NY Rangers 5
Florida 2 (Recap)
Tampa Bay 4 (Recap)
Minnesota 1 (Recap)
St. Louis 4
Colorado 1 (Recap)
Calgary 2 (Recap)
‘Twas a busy night in the NHL. Time to breakdown who cashed in:
* Much-maligned Montreal Canadien David Desharnais had a goal and an assist, while his teammate Andrei Markov grabbed a meager three assists.
* I tweeted a mean thing about John Tavares last night. Well rather, a mean thing about his situation. That being: It’s tough to define his career to date better than him grabbing a goal and an assist in a one goal loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
* Bobby Ryan scored two while Erik Karlsson had two assists (now five points up on second place Byfuglien/Subban in D scoring) in the Sens 6-4 win over the underrated Carolina Hurricanes. Solid rally after falling behind 3-1.
* My new favourite NHLer Gustav Nyqvist of the Red Wings had one and one for two, as did Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall. Johan Franzen grabbed three assists.
* While Tampa beat Philly and the underrated Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist, there was an important point: Vincent Lecavalier scored in his return. Good for him. (Mark Streit grabbed one and one in Philly’s loss as well.)
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Happy Humpday everyone.
Today I spent some time with Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) of Grantland.com and Wendel Clark, though sadly the conversations were separate.
The first chat is with Mr. McIndoe, in which we discussed:
* Wendel Clark, of course
* The NHL’s concussion lawsuit
* The Isles “Stadium Series” jerseys,
* And the rising salary cap
Mr. Clark and I discussed:
* His legacy in Toronto
* The current Toronto Maple Leafs
* His role with Kraft Hockeyville, which he was on to promote
- Kraft HockeyVille Twitter, Facebook
* His “waster” shot at Curtis Joseph in 1993
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Damn, who shot the couch in the crowd, there?
Anaheim 3 (Recap)
* The NHL’s Three Stars on Wednesday were not your typical names. Instead, #1 was Ryan Garbutt (one goal, two assists), Antoine Roussel (two goals) and Cody Eakin (one goal, one assist). Meanwhile, Vern Fiddler, who I still hold a grudge against for trying to fight me in summer hockey, ahem, had two assists, as did Erik Cole.
We’re going streaking
We’re not actually, that’s just a loosely-related subheading. Put your pants back on (nice undies, though).
The Dallas Stars scored three times in 53 seconds against the Ducks in the second period – bam bam bam, game over. Read the rest of this entry »
I can write all I like about what I think of the NHL’s new TV deal with Rogers, but there’s no chance I know half as much as a media reporter. And, I was lucky to get a little time with one of the best, The Globe & Mail’s Steve Ladurantaye, who could fill us in on everything we needed to know. There’s a lotta info crammed into a little time.
* How does this change the viewing experience of your average hockey fan
* What does this mean for blackouts
* How about GameCenter Live and Center Ice?
* Do you expect Rogers to change their production/hire talent
* What’s this mean for CBC? What does it mean for their advertising, money situation?
* And much more
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Also, here’s some info: TSN is hanging on to the original Hockey Night in Canada theme song. Move along, poachers.
It’s not news that hockey is a staple of the Canadian lifestyle. Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s stitched into the fabric of our national identity up here. Where and how we consume “our” game is huge news. (And while it’s not actually “ours,” best believe that’s the perception up here.)
So, when the collective We found out that Rogers bought the next 12 years of NHL rights for 5.232 BILLION dollars (ho-hum), the scramble for information began. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, men and women by the thousands screamed from their knees at the sky. If you’re one of those folks with scuffs on your pants from doing that, you can check out our story stack that’s compiling the news as it rolls in here.
But from a less newsy perspective, I wanted to look at how this actually affects the viewing experience of hockey fans north of the border. Because a quick look at the navel-gazing side is interesting, but not that relevant to most outside the media. Here’s a quick look: the rug has been pulled out from under a lot of great hockey people at TSN and CBC. It’s going to be musical chairs for them this upcoming summer, but while a lot of people may be hurt by the changes, there’s certainly not going to be less hockey jobs, so the qualified will almost certainly land on their feet (y’know, with SportsNet). Both TSN (Curling! CFL!) and CBC (News and stuff!) will likely survive, but in their own ways. Read the rest of this entry »