I’m not entirely convinced that the body of this post needs to exist at all after that headline, because that’s basically the entirety of the crazy story here.
The Coles Notes:
Matt Cooke cut Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson’s achilles tendon with his skate earlier this season. Erik Karlsson is done for season. The Ottawa Senators would’ve preferred that not be the case. Matt Cooke is a reformed NHL villain. Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk does not believe he’s reformed, thinks he doesn’t belong in the NHL, and is now working with forensic experts to prove that Cooke meant to step on Karlsson’s tendon to cut it.
Speaking on Toronto radio station The Fan 590, Melnyk said he believes the National Hockey League will hear his case.
“I’ll bring it to (Brendan) Shanahan and to Gary (Bettman) and at that point they can decide whether it’s something they want to put out publicly or not, if I’m right. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »
The New Jersey Devils were on the powerplay against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight when they took a penalty. The ref’s arm goes up, Carolina has the puck, they pull their goalie to press… You know how this ends.
Daugavins goes toe-down on top of the puck, as Phil Bourque once did many decades ago. Watch:
He then keeps pressure on the puck, skates it near-directly down the ice, and tries the spin-o-rama move. To his credit, he more or less beats Rask. If not for the remaining toe on the left side of the net, this is one of the most talked about shootout goals of all-time. Hell, it’s still going to generate conversation.
Here it is:
You can’t kill a guy for trying something like this when it’s worked for him in the past. Here he is in the AHL, scoring on the Hamilton Bulldogs: Read the rest of this entry »
I understand that it can be tough to draw a crowd to a hockey game when you’re based in Florida. Most fans didn’t grow up with the game, it’s March and the weather is beautiful…there’s just a host of reasons why it’s difficult. Because of that, the marketing team faces some unique challenges, and have to get a little creative.
What I didn’t see coming, is the Lightning turning to oft-used informercial host Anthony Sullivan in their latest promo. ACT NOW AND I’LL THROW IN ANOTHER TICKET FREE!!!
The irony of hockey players trying to act and having to use the line “don’t quit your day job” is too perfect.
Last night’s game between the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs was not one that would make a lot of coaches happy. It was great fun to watch as a fan, as mass quantities of defensive lapses led to sacks-full of legitimate scoring opportunities, but anyone breaking down film of that game would have days of work ahead of them.
For my part, I’ll be looking at two similar plays. In both cases, the d-man tries to slide to break up a 2-on-1 (sort of, we’ll get there). One does it well, the other…well, we’re doing a Systems Analyst post of the goal, so you guess how it goes.
First off, the d-man slide:
A defenseman’s job on a 2-on-1 is to take the pass (despite how I’d like to see it played). Standing, he has the length of two feet and a stick-blade to stop the puck with. If he times a slide right, he has six feet of lane blocked, and a higher (and wider) frame to have to sauce the puck over. So, the key is timing.
You want so drop around the moment that it’s decision time for the player, and slide backwards off the inside post (as sliding backwards and taking out your own goalie is a pretty terrible defensive play).
First, we’ll look at Cody Franson doing it against Casey Cizikas. The play eventually results in a goal, but whatever, he did all he could on the 2-on-1. Read the rest of this entry »
Down Goes Brown tweeted it out this morning after @jisidore sent him a tweet with the text “Now that’s a Harlem Shake video I can tolerate.” DGB added “There’s a first time for everything.”
Yesterday’s Penguins/Flyers game featured possibly the most chaotic goal I’ve ever seen, which gave us the following still shots, at one point including every single Penguin but the goalie in, or touching their crease. Nicklas Grossman eventually got the goal. Read the rest of this entry »
If you thought it was tough to determine intent on the Hansen/Hossa play, good luck with this one.
Ross Johnston of the Moncton Wildcats is battling with Brian Lovell of the Halifax Mooseheads when his stick somehow gets wedged between the glass and the divider.
With Lovell down but rising, Johnston summons the strength of Arthur pulling Excalibur from The Stone, and wrenches his stick free. And it comes out hot. With a baseball swing motion, he clubs Lovell across the face, promptly breaking his jaw.
There wasn’t a penalty on the play, but he’s since been suspended indefinitely while the league reviews the play.
That is either terrible luck, or terribly violent. I have no idea.