|Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
There was a very funny moment from tonight's game between the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues. Forward Zack Kassian jumped into the opponent's bench, after noticing the Canucks had too-many-men on the ice.
|Posted on October 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Following the devastating tragedy that occured in Ottawa yesterday morning, the Pittsburgh Penguins organization made a very classy move, singing "O Canada" prior to the game between the Penguins and Flyers at the Consol Energy Center.
|Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
An awesome, must-watch feature on New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and the massive hardship he battled during his journey into the NHL.
|Posted on October 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
In today's game between the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks, defenseman Matt Hunwick made an incredible goal-line save to keep it scoreless in the first period. You can also watch the video here.
|Posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens are facing the Boston Bruins for the first time since the heated series between the two teams in the 2nd Round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs, where Milan Lucic ultimately threatened Habs forwards Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin in the handshake line following the B's Game Seven loss.
This much anticipated match-up has already started with a bang. Less than five minutes in, Emelin knocked down Lucic with a huge open-ice hit.
|Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Due to the NHL broadcasting makeover by Rogers, announcer Joe Bowen has only been calling games on the radio this season thus far. In the past, Bowen has been the go-to-guy for Toronto Maple Leafs television broadcasts. His name was not even included in the 42-person Sportsnet broadcaster list.
There are actually multiple online petitions started by fans to bring the long-time commentator back to TV; you can sign one here, another here, or one more here. Below are some samples of his great calls. We need to bring Joe back! "HOLY MACKINAW".
|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Tampa Bay Lightning obliterated the Montreal Canadiens 7-1 last night, as Steven Stamkos led the way with a hat-trick. On the sniper's second goal on the game, he recieved an unbelievable pass across the ice from defenseman Victor Hedman.
James van Riemsdyk had a sweet saucer pass to Nazem Kadri a few days ago, but this is definitely the pass of the 2014-15 NHL season thus far. Hedman now has four assists this season, which is tied for the league lead. The GIF's above, but you can see the video of the pass here.
It's a good thing the league removed the "two-line offside pass" rule during the 04-05 lockout, or else we wouldn't be seeing highlights like these.
Video: Ryan Getzlaf amazing pass to Bobby Ryan
Video: Top 10 All-Time Dishes
|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Dude Perfect has released an entertaining new video featuring Dallas Stars' forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. They have several viral sports trick shot compilations on Youtube, but I believe this is their first hockey video.
There are some pretty sick plays that can be seen in the video; from shooting pucks at flying plates, to knocking down bowling pins from center ice, and even taking slapshots at pinatas, you won't be disappointed. What an incredible display of accuracy from both players!
Also, one of my favourite parts is at 4:05, when Seguin gets an insane goal in the "Can You Score With This" segment. He juggles a doghnut with his stick, catches it in his glove, takes a bite, drops it on the ground and then scores with one hand. It doesn't get anymore creative than that. Below is a GIF.
GIF: Tomas Jurco with some amazing stick tricks
|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Now here's something you won't see everyday. During a game, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick snuck an autograph for a fan. I'm not sure if this was a preseason or regular season game, but that's a pretty unforgettable moment for this kid.
Not sure why everyone in the Youtube comment section is saying how "he's gonna get in trouble" from the Kings' management when they see this video. He's led LA to two Stanley Cups in the last three seasons; can't he have some lighter moments? Give the guy a break.
Jonathan Quick 10" x 13" plaque: $30.
Jonathan Quick autographed puck: $120.
Jonathan Quick in-game autograph: priceless.
|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Since the 2004-05 lockout NHL season the Stanley Cup has gone to a Western side on all but three occasions – that includes the Detroit Red Wings success in 2008, they were a Western side back then. The past four years have seen the Stanley Cup been passed between the LA Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks, both of which are heavily favoured with bet365 to make it five on the spin.
Due to the disparity in quality between the Eastern and Western Conferences the winner of the Stanley Cup is usually decided in the Western Conference final, which, looks more than likely to be contested between the Blackhawks and the Kings.
The pair’s clash in the 2014 final was legendary. The Blackhawks overturned a 3-1 deficit to take the Kings to game seven. The Kings, away from home, managed to prevail 5-4, thanks to an overtime goal from defenseman Alec Martinez, and go through to the Stanley Cup game as 4-3 victors.
So if, which is more than likely to happen, the pair do meet in the Western Conference final this time about who will win?
Reasons why the Blackhawks will be heading to the Stanley Cup
- Signing Brad Richards: The New York Rangers centre may be arriving after his worst season in the NHL but he will still play a pivotal role. The Kings overran the Blackhawks middle earlier this year, the acquisition of Richards will make doing that again all the harder.
- They possess a star-studded roster: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford are all names than run of the tongue. There can be no denying that the Blackhawks are in possession of the most talented roster in all of North America.
- Vengeance: After coming back from 3-1 down many believed that the Blackhawks would be going to be the first side since the Red Wings to win consecutive Stanley Cups; a feat they attained in 1998, but it was not to be. When the two square off further down the line you get the feeling that it will be Chicago that want it that little bit more.
Reasons why the Kings will be heading to the Stanley Cup
- Grit: Last season we witnessed the resilience of the Kings, that never say never attitude. Their 26-game playoff winning run is the longest in franchise history. Here is a side that gets knocked down and gets up twice as good. If this grit is still in their teeth next May then forget about the talent of the Blackhawks and take note of the durability of the Kings.
- Justin Williams: You want your players to come good when it matters. Williams is like a faucet; good in the regular season and unreal in the playoffs with just a slight turn of a tap. When he’s on, he’s on.
- The chance to make history: As aforementioned, winning consecutive Stanley Cup’s is somewhat of a rarity, so the chance to make history is another incentive for the Kings. When you are on the cusp of writing yourself into the history books you do not go down with a whimper.
There is no conclusive answer. These are the two best teams by a country mile in the NHL. The differences between them are as thin as a cigarette paper. What is for sure is when they meet they will treat us to another epic.