The Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies were doing battle in the AHL playoffs last night. The Marlies had their backs against the wall and were facing elimination…when they blew a 3-1 third period lead in the final ten heart-breaking minutes to have their season ended. Oh man, Toronto teams.
Via Deadspin, here’s a Leafs’ fan who attached a GoPro camera to the top of his TV to catch him and his buddies celebrating a Leafs victory.
Here’s how he sets it up on YouTube:
Had my gopro out in hopes of capturing some memorable playoff moments for Toronto but instead got this. Though loss but still had a great time watching the leafs in the playoffs and seeing how nuts all the fans were. I’m sure leaf fans can relate to the reactions in this video!
For the record, I found this really hard to watch. Gave me goosebumps.
At this point, the Colorado Avalanche are likely thankful for the NHL lockout: 82 games of this level of mediocrity would have been unbearable. As it is, the team has just 9 games left until they’re put out of their misery. It would be completely understandable if the team just mailed it in down the stretch, accepted their last place finish, and started making their off-season plans.
On Monday night, that’s exactly what Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere accused his teammates of doing, unleashing some of the most devastating denunciations that I have ever seen a player direct at his own team. And, while understandable, giving up is also unacceptable.
Ugh. Terrible, terrible news for Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators, the NHL and fans: a collision tonight between the defending Norris Trophy winner and Matt Cooke resulted in a scary, fluke skate cut to his his left achillies tendon. It will require surgery to repair, leaving him out indefinitely.
They went into the boards together, and it was immediately evident that something went wrong. Here’s the incident:
Karlsson was off to another ridiculously good start, which was validating for a guy who had some doubters after taking home the big prize for d-men last season. He was leading the NHL in shots (ahead of second place Sidney Crosby). The next closest defenseman had 26 less shots than him after 14 total games played. He was leading defensemen in goals by two, with six. He was T4 in d-men points with 10.
As Harrison Mooney noted over at Puck Daddy: this was an accident. It sucks, but sometimes bad things happen in sports, especially sports that that involve humans wearing foot-knives. For a nice breakdown of how we can be sure it was an accident, check out what Aaron Ward had to say on TSN.
All we can hope is that he makes a quick recovery, and returns soon. I have a feeling the Senators and their fans are doing the same right now.
“Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players’ Association. After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time. We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful.”
“Today, players and NHLPA staff, along with representatives of the league, concluded a second day of mediation under the auspices of the FMCS. This afternoon, the mediators informed the parties that they did not think it was productive to continue the discussions further today. The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right.”
Yikes. Sort of a “we can’t help you unless you want to help yourselves” situation.
It’s tough to be a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets during a normal season – a lack of respect, minimal stars and a lack of success all contribute to that. As an Islanders fan, I feel their pain. But even as an Isles fan, I can’t quite relate to their misery of late. Rick Nash is gone, their All-Star Game has been cancelled, and now this:
Confirmed that #CBJ D Ryan Murray will have surgery in 2 to 3 wks to repair torn labrum, likely out for remainder of 2012-13 season.
If you don’t follow the Washington Capitals blog “Russian Machine Never Breaks” by now, you’re kinda doing hockey wrong. Even if you’re not a Caps fan, it’s a great follow. They’ve been keeping up the good work during the lockout too, which I can attest is not the easiest thing to do.
Today RMNB’s Peter Hassett featured (his beloved) Matt Bradley, who’s playing with Tuto over in Finland’s top league. How’s he faring? Here’s what his coach had to say about him, via commenter Valtteri Kivinen :
“And last but not least Matt Bradley. Just fucking amazing. A hit that shortened the opponents bench by half a meter in his first shift.”
“This is a guy you should come see even from further away, this guy doesn’t leave anyone cold. They haven’t seen a guy this tough/good (same word in Finnish spoken language) at Kupittaa yet.” Read the rest of this entry »