Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs lost in overtime to the Boston Bruins. CBC often had their cameras fixed on the Reimer family, as his mother and wife were side-by-side, suffering through each and every play with James, the Leafs’ tender. When teams provide the players with family tickets, they lump them all together. That means Reimer’s family would be in the same section as Dion Phaneuf’s girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert.
After the overtime winner was scored, they cut back to the Reimer family, only to see James’ wife giving a look to Cuthbert, who promptly rolls her eyes and dismisses her. It’s a hilarious moment because you can probably guess what happened: the Bruins scored, Cuthbert made some half-thought out exclamation as all fans do (something like “oh you gotta stop that!” or “stupid goalie!”), Mrs. Reimer gives her the eyes and maybe says something, and…awwwkwarrrrd.
Some have theorized Reimer is giving Cuthbert the gears for her husbands’ bad pinch in overtime. I’d give that 1000/1 odds at best. Fan blames goalie, goalies family is nearby. Happens in every rink the world over every weekend.
(The other option: they’re mutually eye-rolling at another nearby fan. But I dunno. Let’s just pretend they were mad at each other because it’s the juicier gossip story and that’s fun.)
Dustin Brown is one of many NHL players who makes their living “playing on the edge.” They’re tough, physical, and annoying to line up against, but their biggest challenge is keeping those labels while not hurting anyone or doing anything suspension-worthy. Brown was recently suspended for the first time for this. He won’t be for the above play, but man, is he after Jaden Schwartz with some ill intent there (he got two for a trip). Swing-and-a-miss on the follow-up elbow.
Cam Charron wrote a great piece on how the New York Islanders came to be a hockey team currently sitting in sixth place. It’s a fantastic post and you should go read it. In the meantime, here’s a .gif of Travis Hamonic looking as hockey player as it gets. You’re welcome.
People seem to be interested in this (in the wake of our Bobrovsky post), so I thought I’d quickly explain what you’re seeing above (from 6th Sens), even though you likely have some idea that Mark Borowiecki is huffing “smelling salts.”
Here’s how Wikipedia defines what’s in that stick guys pass around:
[Smelling salts] are chemical compounds used for arousing consciousness. The usual active compound is ammonium carbonate, a colorless-to-white, crystalline solid ((NH4)2CO3·H2O). Because most modern solutions are mixed with water, they should more properly be called “aromatic spirits of ammonia.” Modern solutions may also contain other products to perfume or act in conjunction with the ammonia, such as lavender oil or eucalyptus oil.
The only thing I can tell you as a non-scientist ex-hockey player, is that they are excellent, and for a brief second, they make you feel like you’ve been punched in the brain. Sounds healthy right? …Whatever, I seriously need to see if I can find some of those for writing.
By “punched in the brain,” I mean there’s a little stinging “woosh” feeling, then clarity. Like, your eyes focus better, you feel more alert, and you’re 63,000 miles from yawning (still writing about smelling salts here). It doesn’t last or anything, it’s just a little less violent than a slap in the face. Granted, that may not be the case long-term, but athletes are generally willing to trade some of the future for a more productive now. Read the rest of this entry »
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on quite a roll as of late. A large part of their success can be attributed to the stellar play of Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes. Bobrovsky took a Kevin Klein slapshot to the mask in the second period of Tuesday’s game versus the Nashville Predators, and it looked like he was rather dazed from the blast. Of course, rather than pull their hot hand from the game, the Jackets’ trainer let their goaltender huff some smelling salts and all was right… or was it?
Like a regular picture, one that doesn’t move, a .gif can say a thousand words. It’s commonplace at theScore’s palatial towers for bloggers to ogle a good sports .gif for minutes on end. Below is a collection of hockey .gifs that we’ve really enjoyed from the first half of the season. It is, after all, the midpoint of the NHL season for most teams.