Mention that Jonathan Toews is playing poorly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and an angry mob of advanced statistics people will march on your home carrying charts and graphs. Mention that Jonathan Toews is playing well in the postseason by pointing toward his Corsi and Fenwick numbers, and old sportswriters will roll their eyes and ask if you pay rent while living in your mom’s basement.
Trying to determine why in the heck a player as good as Toews has one goal in 20 playoff games is about as difficult juggling chainsaws with your feet, only instead of feet, you have stumps smothered in baby oil.
During the regular season, Toews was so good at the sport of hockey that he finished fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy. On the strength of a career-best (pro-rated) 23 goals and 48 points in 47 contests and excellent defensive game that won him the Selke Trophy, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks also received the third-most first-place votes for the Hart.
The Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy with 131.5 (again, pro-rated, obviously) points, which if you round up ties the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens for the most in a season. Sure, it happened over the course of 48 games so it doesn’t mean as much, but the Blackhawks put forth the NHL’s most dominant season in nearly four decades, and Toews was a major reason the Blackhawks brought hockey back the way Justin Timberlake brought sexy back in that neither brought anything back because it was already there. Read the rest of this entry »
Valtteri Filppula enjoys his last few moments with an intact ankle as Andrew Shaw plots his devious slewfoot.
For a move that’s worth a match penalty and so inherently dangerous, it’s amazing how often a slewfoot happens. What’s more amazing is how often players get away with it. Somehow the slewfoot is also one of the most-defended moves, with someone always willing to loudly claim it was just a hockey play, no matter how blatant. This year’s playoffs have already had their share of slewfoots (slewfeet?), all of which have somehow avoided anything more than a minor penalty.
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Patrick Kane has done this before against the Detroit Red Wings, but today’s shootout winner was different, as came on the day the Blackhawks extended their season-opening point streak to an NHL record 22 games.
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was the first player to score a goal this 2013 season.
GIF Via: thebloodyowl.com
There have been many great beards in sports history. These days, a few players are rather notorious for sporting them.
There’s Giant’s pitcher Brian Wilson:
There’s Oklahoma City guard James Harden: Read the rest of this entry »
This past week theScore’s own Jackie Redmond headed out to David Bolland’s golf tournament, which raises money for both the David Bolland Foundation, and the Remix Project.
Jackie interviewed a number of players – Bolland, Scotty Upshall, Ben Eager, Brad Richards, and a host of others – to get the scoop on what the event was all about, and also for another important reason: to boost her Twitter following.
Jackie sits at around 2,100 followers, a number far too small for a regular guest on the Backhand Shelf Podcast (ha), so her solution was to challenge the players to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – if she wins they have to give her some Twitter love, and hopefully help grow her following. Read the rest of this entry »