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Oh, hai

There was big news today in St. Louis in addition to the Blues’ success this season as highly touted prospect Jaden Schwartz was slated to make his debut with the team against Tampa. Schwartz, as many of you will recall, was the captain of this year’s Canadian World Juniors team.

Despite the obvious skepticism that comes with a teenager’s debut in the NHL, Schwartz made an impression right away as he scored his goal on his first career shot in the first period of his first game. Not too shabby.

His name also gives me the opportunity to reference Spaceballs in the title which is awesome for all.

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They caught him on camera!

For all of their faults – and their are numerous – the Toronto Maple Leafs woes cannot be attributed to the play of Jake Gardiner. For a kid most people had slated for another year of hockey elsewhere (read: AHL) before making the jump to the big club, he forced his way on to the roster with an impressive summer and held his spot with solid play this season.

He has been lauded for his offensive play, showing off great speed and puckhandling ability and certainly looks like the quarterback of the Leafs’ blueline (har har har) for years to come. The ultimately equalizer is his speed and I can’t stress this enough.

The dude can skate.

Check out this gem of a goal he scored on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Older brother Schenn probably would have fared better

Every so often a fight will happen that makes you wonder “how the heck did that happen?” Seriously, peruse the archives of hockeyfights.com and you’ll find some seriously bizarre fights.

Today we had one of those as Brayden Schenn duked it out with Ilya Kovalchuk. To the surprise of many, Kovalchuk threw down and more or less knocked Schenn out, but more on that in a moment. As I indicated in the caption, I can’t help but think Luke would have made out a little better against Kovalchuk.

In the world of regular tough customers, Brian McGrattan (now of the Predators, for those who lost track after Ottawa) took on Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues in a massive heavyweight tilt. Sure it was the scripted kind that is more or less no fun from a hockey perspective, but it was entertaining.

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*Horror movie strings*

Isn’t Mike Smith kind of infuriating as a goalie? Sure, he gets brownie points for being from Kingston, Ontario (in my books at least, woot.) and sharing a name with the guy who plays Bubbles in Trailer Park Boys, even if his name sounds totally fake. That being said, he was the key piece in the Brad Richards to Dallas deal and only posted one good season in Tampa by my estimation (2008-09) despite being a huge dude with all the tools. He is your typical “if he every figured it out” type of player. The talent is there, the results are not.

Well, I’d say he’s just about figured it out at this point. After reuniting with Dave Tippett he has posted a .923 save percentage and been a key reason why the Coyotes haven’t faltered since the departure of Ilya Bryzgalov who was all-world for them before he left and everyone discovered he was a weird guy. Stats aside, this clip is about as telling as you’ll ever see from a goaltender on the cusp. Here Smith becomes the only goaltender I have ever seen solve the Datsyukian deke. His hoping-to-get-back-into-hockey mentor Marty Turco, and the much maligned Tomas Vokoun are cursing under their breath as they watch this, as Smith doing something they couldn’t do when they were at their best probably doesn’t help their respective cases. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Image from www.InGoalMag.com

Host Paul Brothers continues with theScore’s coverage of awesome NHL masks today with two great tenders, Jimmy Howard and Dwayne Roloson.

We get an up-close look at two particularly sharp masks – I’ll let the tenders take it from here.

First, Jimmy Howard:

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It’s my favourite time of the week: highlight time.

Below we’ve compiled the top 5 saves and goals from the week that was. (And for a bonus, there’s some great hits and fights in the bottom video.)

Enjoy hockey at it’s finest:

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After another great weekend of hockey, we present our latest edition of The Rundown.

The Vancouver Canucks/Boston Bruins game has given us stuff to talk about for days, and one of those things made the package.

The best hit, fight, save a goal from the week that was. Enjoy.

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