The craziest part about this play is that it absolutely works. Well, actually wait, that’s not true – the crazy part is having the presence of mind and the stones to try it from a scoring situation, which you don’t get a ton of in a game.
But it does make sense; it allows him to pull the puck back from the defender’s stick, and get his stick in a position to make the pass.
Again, that’s Max Domi, Tie Domi’s son. Apparently he plays a bit more of a skill game.
A decade into his NHL career, and Niklas Kronwall has already put together quite the highlight reel of on-ice carnage. I love his attitude about the getting run over – if it happens to me, I probably put myself in a bad spot.
If you need a refresher on how the Leafs climbed their way back into playoffs after nearly a decade removed, take 15 minutes to soak this beautiful video in. And if you’re a Leaf hater, well, I imagine that’s been its own reward over the last decade, so you’re good.
I was rooting for the Winnipeg Jets when they took on the Washington Capitals while scrapping for one of the final playoff spots in the East last night, if only because I write about hockey for a living and a Jets win would’ve meant STANDINGS MADNESS AND CHAOS (and also the whole “woo go Canada” thing). Still, I recognize that the Capitals are a far better team, and will make playoffs better to watch, so meh, things are properly sorted.
It became official last night when Alexander Ovechkin scored his TWENTY-SECOND GOAL IN TWENTY-ONE GAMES!!! into an empty net to ice the contest and all but lock up the Rocket Richard Trophy for himself, an insane feat that none of us saw coming when he was buried on page three of the scoring leaders a dozen-plus games into the season and folks like myself were desperate to find a reason that such a great scorer could so quickly become such a dud.
Anyway, the empty-netter I’m referring to is the one below: he gets the puck just above the top of the circles, and instead of skating it in, or trying to finesse it into a corner, he basically sees the two Jets players in front of the net acting like they’ll block his shot, flops his junk on the table, and says “Okay, if you’re crazy enough, block this 90-some mile-per-hour slapshot with your foot.” Read the rest of this entry »
The commentator called the above pose a “downward-facing desert dog,” and to someone with a limited knowledge of yoga (me), I accept his proposal.
Adam Burish blocks the attempted shot of Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who then seems to carry on to give Burish a little extra somethin’-somethin’, then…I dunno, gets tangled in a web of confusion, I guess. And here’s what you end up with:
At the under-18′s this year (division two), Lithuania gave up a short-handed goal to Great Britain with 32 seconds left that put GB up 3-2, which would end up being the final score of the game. That’s a frustrating way to lose.
So, naturally, a Lithuanian player whipped his stick helicopter style at a ref.
I don’t know if it was intentional or not (the “at the ref” part, I mean) – I’m leaning towards yes – but either way, that just happened. Remember kids: displays of anger and ref-blaming are key parts of the sporting culture, and it’s important to look at players like this as role models.