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Busted.

Some bizarre things happen in hockey games, but few are more bizarre than the standards for skater-goaltender relations. It’s common to see the goaltenders have free reign over the ice, bringing about penalty calls on a whim with flops, hacks and the like. Calling a goaltender for slashing these days seems about as common as the two-line pass.

Equally bizarre in this sport is the double call of a trip, hook, dive or slash in addition to a diving call on the victim of the initial offense. HOW COULD IT BE BOTH? is a common phrase to hear in the living room of hockey fans across the world.

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Game Seven coming up.

Friendly reminder: Cap tip to The Footy Blog from whom I pinched this game recap format.

Game in a Sentence:
This game entertained, regardless of total goals scored, and ended with the Capitals holding on for a victory and sending us back to MSG for game seven.
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Different but relevant

Somewhere in his home, Brendan Shanahan was wearing his owners-only Phoenix Coyotes footy pajamas after he banished conflict of interest on skates, Rusty Klesla, to a game in the press box. While he stirred the powder in his bedtime chocolate milk, he figured he would check in on the Flyers-Devils game and see how the second period was going to wrap up before he hit the hay.

Brendan Shanahan never drank that chocolate milk. Rather, he crawled under his bed and cried. He doesn’t hate all Mondays but he does hate tomorrow.

With time expiring in the second period, Martin Brodeur left the trapezoid to play the puck up ice. In the fateful corner, Mr. Official on-duty (who shall remain nameless) missed Brodeur touching the puck in the no-no zone, thus playing it up ice for the Devils. He of all integrity and Philadelphia’s local best player in the world, Claude Giroux, noticed this event and encouraged the official to make the corresponding illegal play call.

When the official did not oblige Mr. Giroux, Claude, a name not shared with any famous NHL rats, skated down the ice and brushed by the chin of Devils forward Dainius Zubrus who was once described by Mike Milbury as being “not North American.”* This incident clearly had nothing to do with Claude being frustrated about what transpired earlier in the shift and was totally independent of any other events in the game. So much so that after it happened, Claude, with Mr. Zubrus on the ice, definitely apologized immediately and didn’t immediately go after Mr. Official to berate him over the earlier confusion regarding the existence of trapezoids.

Wait… I don’t think it happened that way.
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Not the goal.

Friendly reminder: Cap tip to The Footy Blog from whom I pinched this game recap format.

Game in a Sentence:

Well, for those of you who didn’t tune in, you didn’t miss a whole lot as a crazy bounce was enough for the Coyotes to grab a win against the Predators in game four to take a 3-1 series lead.
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Candid Camera.

Game in a Sentence:

Did you stay up? Liar. The Rangers eeked this one out in a tense game which was really two. Full value to whichever team won.
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Pekka Rinne prefers that you call him 'Sir.'

Game in a Sentence:

Pekka Rinne came alive with the Predators down two men in front of their home crowd to get back within one of the Coyotes for the series.
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Game in a Sentence:

The New Jersey Devils fought back and scored four unanswered markers when the Philadelphia Flyers let off the gas pedal to even up the series heading back to the land of the Sopranos*.
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