|Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
From the Maple Leafs versus Red Wings CBC broadcast tonight, take a look at some of the best combined special teams percentages this season. I'm actually a bit surprised to see Toronto this high on the rankings.
|Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
During the 1987 NHL season, in his first game back from an eight-game suspension, Patrick Roy registered a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out this crazy paddle stop by him in the same game.
|Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 yesterday, but players are still taking some scrutiny from the media for what happened following the regulation horn. In the past, the club has always had a regular tradition of saluting the fans following home wins. Last night though, there was no salute. Watch here.
Some players raised their sticks half-way in the air, but brought them back down. It was much different than what we've seen in the past. Many are saying that this was a shot at the fans, who have disrespectfully thrown jerseys on the ice several times so far this season.
The past week was spent criticizing Phil Kessel and his answers follow post-game scrums. Now this. Can we just focus on winning games? Enough on the post-game incidents.
“We have great respect for our fans. We’ve got unbelievable fans, and we know how much support we have. This by no means was an attack on our fans or anything personal,” Phaneuf said. “This was about our team and changing up our routine.”
I've always thought that doing a salute after every single game was stupid anyways. It would have been even worse doing it two days after one of the worst losses in franchise history.
|Posted on November 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
With a little over five minutes left in the game, Alexander Ovechkin scored the go-ahead-goal on a great individual effort to lift the Washington Capitals over the Colorado Avalanche.
"Ovechkin, who was held without a point in his previous three games, received a pass from Brooks Orpik and maneuvered past Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda. He moved in on goalie Reto Berra, fired the puck wide but took the carom off the end boards and scored as he was skating by the net." - NHL.com
Also, check out this awesome call of the goal by Washington's radio play-by-play voice, John Walton.
|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
The NHL has been uploading some classic highlights from this year's Hockey Hall of Fame player inductees, Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake, and Mike Modano.
I've compiled all of these videos in one gigantic post. If you have some time on your hands, they're all definitely worth a watch! If there are more uploaded to Youtube within the next few weeks, I will edit them in as well. Which moment is your favourite?
|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Former Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson commented on Toronto's embarrassing 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. It was the first time since 1992 that the team gave up nine goals at home since 1992.
“I just feel so bad for Randy, and I actually feel bad for the players, too,” Wilson said. “Every team goes through bad spells. The Leafs are still over .500, and people there are thinking the Titanic is going down. I’ve lived it.” - Sportsnet
One of the lowpoints of Wilson's era in Toronto that comes to my memory was when the Leafs started the season 0-7-1 in 2009-10, which was the worst start in franchise history.
|Posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Having a hobby is something we can all attest to. Playing instruments, learning unorthodox skills, the dreaded stamp collecting; everyone from any walk of life is likely to indulge in something contrary to their day job, and NHL players are obviously no different.
With so many NHL players; and with most of these only ever in the public eye due to their work on the rink; there’s quite the number of surprising hobbies out there- here are some of the most surprising, humanising and interesting we could find!
The winner of the NHL Foundation Award; an accolade that is awarded to players who help out in their communities; Dustin Brown is well known for making a positive impact even during busy seasons. The player, captain for the LA Kings, donates huge amounts of money to LA based charities including the Make-A-Wish foundation, and has built playgrounds in the city. Brown also donated heavily to the support efforts regarding the Haitian crisis, persuading teammates to join him!
Said to be one of the most successful European players ever to grace the NHL stage, Czech player Jaromir Jagr, once the team captain for the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, had a glittering career and enormous fan base; up until 2003, at least. Unfortunately for Jagr however, it emerged in that year that he owed almost a million dollars to two online gambling sites. Luckily nowadays sites such as JackpotCity have plenty of measures built in to stop players going overboard; if only Jagr had held on for just a few more years!
Playing for the New York Rangers, 33 year old Moore has been a force within the team, famously scoring the final puck that eliminated the Montreal Canadiens from a tense conference final. Prior to his NHL successes however, Moore was an accomplished tennis player; in 1995 him and his brother Steve were only narrowly knocked out of the Sixth Annual Optimist Junior Tennis Classic in Windsor Ontario, climbing to the Semi-Finals. All that fancy footwork must have set the stage for Moore’s excellent hockey game!
Vancouver’s goalie Ryan Miller, has been an incredibly consistent addition to the team’s roster, building up a save percentage exceeding .900, behind the scenes, though, Miller is just as well known for saving those afflicted with debilitating conditions. Along with his father, in 2006 Miller created the Steadfast Foundation, a charity that has been strident in its efforts to improve the situations of cancer patients, in particular children affected by leukemia.
|Posted on November 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Several goalies including Toronto's James Reimer, Ottawa's Craig Anderson, and Washington's Justin Peters all found themselves out of the net after mishandling the puck last night at some point, allowing the opposing teams to get easy goals.
All of these mishaps ended up costing each goalie's team the game as well. They seriously need to get rid of the trapezoid rule.
Below are some GIFs. You can also click on them to get redirected to an actual video of each incident as well. I wonder if Martin Brodeur saw any of these. Maybe it will convince him to come back for another season.
GIF: Pekka Rinne gets checked by... the net
|Posted on November 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Tyler Bozak was mic'd up tonight in a game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins which Toronto ultimately lost 2-1. This footage is from the TSN feed. Before taking a faceoff against Sidney Crosby, Bozak told the ref, "Hey, don't let him cheat either. I know who he is, but..."
|Posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was knocked down after he ran into his own net and lost his balance during the third period versus the Blues. He's lucky Nashville had control of the puck at the moment.
The tumble helped the net earn "check of the game" honours. That's probably a first. The final score was 4-3 in favour of St. Louis.
GIF: Los Angeles Kings mascot knocks down SJ mascot