|Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
The NHL posted a pretty cool time lapse recently on Youtube that shows how Madison Square Garden is tranformed from a Basketball court to a Hockey rink. You can see it in GIF form above. Enjoy.
GIF: Dion Phaneuf lays out Artem Anisimov
|Posted on December 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Earlier this season we saw Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff make an unbelievable save on James van Riemsdyk. This time, it's Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg making the amazing kick save, bailing out his goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Must See: Andrew Ference makes amazing kick save
|Posted on December 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
It appears as though through-the-legs goals are becoming a new fad today in the NHL. We saw Tomas Hertl do it earlier this season, Tomas Vanek did it, Clark McArthur made an amazing through-the-legs assist a few weeks ago, Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk has even atempted it on multiple occasions.
Now, the latest is coming from Nick Foligno, who did it in very similar fashion to the Hertl goal. GIF Above. Video Here.
GIF: Tyler Bozak's berserk reaction to missed call
|Posted on November 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
Skip to 1:10 for the best part. Is this available on iTunes for download? In the final game of the Subway Series, Dirk Edwards absolutely wrecked the Canadian National anthem in probably one of the biggest anthem blunders I have ever seen. We can't say Edwards didn't warn us though, as prior to the game he had even tweeted this...
s/t Buzzing The Net
|Posted on November 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM||comments (1)|
I've done my NHL logo rankings, now it's time to move onto jerseys. There are 30 pairs of home and away uniforms in hockey, and I'm going to pick my favourite five. My list consists of three Original Six teams, a newer jersey that was just unveiled this summer, and a retro jersey that was brought back after some minor tweaks.
5. New York Rangers: These jerseys have the perfect shades of red and blue. If not for the fact that the Rangers are the only team in the NHL who don't have their actual logo, but rather text on the jersey, it would have been higher on the list.
4. Buffalo Sabres: The Buffalo Sabres made the right decision by going back to their old classic logo and uniforms after making some minor changes. Awesome logo, awesome colours, I love this jersey!
3. Toronto Maple Leafs: Sometimes simple is the best. The Toronto Maple Leafs simple blue and white jersey design is definitely one of the better looking designs in the NHL. In fact, the Leafs are the only team in hockey who use only two colours for their jersey (the other is the Detroit Red Wings). One change I would make though is changing the logo to something like this.
2. Dallas Stars: Dallas made significant improvements to their jerseys by releasing these and getting rid of their boring ugly black and and white jerseys. Ever since they've come out, I've slowly fell in love with them. There is actually no other team in the NHL that uses green as their base colour which makes these jerseys even more original and unique. After making big acquisitions in the off-season and now re-branding their team, it's like a new era has begun for the team.
1. Chicago Blackhawks: The Stanley Cup champions have not only one of the most iconic logos in all of sports, but their jerseys are also amongst the most popular and recognizable uniforms ever made.
Image files via Icethetics.com and Getty Images/NHL.com
New Calgary Flames third jerseys leaked in NHL 14?
New Team Canada jersey leaked?
|Posted on November 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
With less than a minute left In a 2-2 game between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs, a very controversial call was made that ensued some chaos on the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench, especially Tyler Bozak.
Forward James van Riemsdyk was clearly tripped on a breakaway, but no call was made by the refs. Eventually the Leafs went on to lose the game in overtime 3-2. Once again, this is another crazy moment I would love to see mic'd up on HBO 24/7.
|Posted on November 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM||comments (2)|
Time for some logo power rankings! Most hockey fans agree that there are some logos that are obviously near the top (Chicago, Detroit, Toronto) and some at the bottom (Anaheim, Ottawa, Colorado).
Here, I will make my best attempt to rank all 30 NHL logos. Leave a comment down below on what you think!
1. Chicago Blackhawks - The rankings begin with an original six team taking the number one spot: The Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks classic logo is hands down number one in the NHL and perhaps one of the sickest logos in all of sports.
2. Detroit Red Wings - The Wings iconic logo has remained basically unchanged ever since the team started using a logo. Another original six franchise, the logo is a favouritized by many hockey fans.
3. St. Louis Blues - I really like the combination of the complementary colours, Blue and Yellow, in their logo. The Blues symbol also has a very clean and simple look and I think that it is one of the most underrated logos in hockey.
4. Philadephia Flyers - I love the black, orange and white mix.
"On April 4, 1966, Bill Putnam — a member of the Philadelphia group that was selected by the NHL for one of the six new franchises — announced there would be a name-the-team contest and that orange, black and white would be the team colors." - Source: Wikipedia
5. Toronto Maple Leafs - The Blue and White Leafs logo, is one of the most well known icons in all of sports.
6. Minnesota Wild - Finally a newer NHL team makes the cut. Minnesota's logo really is "wild". How could you dislike it?
7. Montreal Canadiens - Another iconic logo this time representing the most sucessful franchise in hockey. If not for the similarities to a toilet seat and a "clown face" when you turn it 90 degrees left, this would be higher on the list.
8. New York Rangers - Another classic logo. It lost some rank points though because of the fact that the team doesn't even use it on the crest of their jerseys.
9. Buffalo Sabres - After getting a bad response from most fans to this logo and this logo, Buffalo went back to their classic logo from 1970 after making some minor tweeks.
10. Boston Bruins - I hate this team. But they've still got great logos. Black and Yellow. Black and Yellow. Black and Yellow.
11. Winnipeg Jets - The newest NHL team makes the cut at number eleven. Their logo was inspired by the Royal Canadian Air Force and was unveiled July 2011.
12. San Jose Sharks - They may choke when it comes to the playoffs but, the designers of this logo sure came clutch. Just perfect.
13. Nashville Predators - Not really sure why this logo recieves so much hate. I personally sorta like it. Especially the horizontal yellow stripe going across the predators face.
14. Edmonton Oilers - I really like the minor changes Edmonton made to the colours of their old logo from 2011 to get this.
15. Phoenix Coyotes - This cool logo may not be around for too much longer if Phoenix gets relocated.
16. New York Islanders -
"An advertising executive named John Alogna from East Meadow created the original version of the Islanders logo with the NY over a silhouette of part of Long Island; Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Part of the Y is made to resemble a hockey stick, with three orange stripes near the bottom of the shaft and a puck located to the right of the stick blade." - Source: Wikipedia
17. Vancouver Canucks -
"A whale jumping out of the ice shaped like a 'C' outlined in silver." - Source: Chris Creamer's Sports Logos
18. Calgary Flames - Great logo, but it lost some rank points because it's basically a copy of the Atlanta Flames logo.
19. Washington Capitals - "Washington" in small red letters with three red stars above it. "Capitals" in big blue letters with the "t" representing a hockey stick. Then of course, a red hockey puck.
20. Florida Panthers - I really like the small little details and colours on the Panthers' body.
21. New Jersey Devils - Simple and unique. Can you see the "N" for NEW and the "J" for JERSEY?
22. Dallas Stars - Dallas made an improvement after changing their logo following the end of the 2012-13 season. Still an average logo though. Don't see anything too special.
23. Pittsburgh Penguins - Beautiful logo. But, as I have mentioned before in previous posts, ugly, boring colours... They should go back to something like this or this.
24. Columbus Blue Jackets - I feel undecided on whether I like this or not. Anyone else feel the same?
25. Los Angeles Kings - If only they went back to the yellow and purple logos. That would be a dream come true. *sigh*
26. Tampa Bay Lightning - I think I could make this on Corel Draw in five minutes... They should have stayed with their older logos which were a bit more creative and complex.
27. Carolina Hurricanes - They just unveiled their new jerseys so don't expect them to change this logo anytime soon.
28. Ottawa Senators - Too complex. Not a big fan of gold anyways.
29. Colorado Avalanche- The Avalanche could have been more exciting. Or maybe a colour change could make it better. Whatever though... "After 22 years, Raymond Borque!"
30. Anaheim Ducks - I'll let THN finish this one off...
"It’s barely a logo; more like a font"- Source: The Hockey News
Team logos retrieved from:
Chris Creamer's Sports Logos
THN.com's NHL Logo Rankings
NHL logo power rankings: From ugly to iconic
|Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Late in the third period of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the lone highlight for Leafs Nation came off a huge open ice hit by Dion Phaneuf on Artem Anisimov. Phaneuf was penalized for the hit, which appeared to be clean on the replay.
I can't wait to hear this one mic'd up when HBO 24/7 which premieres this December!
|Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
A lot of the top fantasy hockey stars in the NHL so far have lived up to expectations. That has been good news for those who drafted early, but not so good for those who specialize in finding value in the later rounds. Here is a look at a few guys playing like first round fantasy hockey picks, despite dropping a bit in the actual draft.
He has looked great alongside youngster Gustav Nyquist all season long, and that should mean a lot of points for the veteran. The Detroit Red Wings have started the season off pretty well, and a lot of that is due to his particular line. He’s going to finish with more assists than goals this season, but he is a solid contributor in both categories.
Is Subban the best defenseman in fantasy hockey right now? He very well could be, as long as he continues to pick up assists at an alarming rate. He has only found the back of the net three times for the Montreal Canadiens in 22 games, but he has been a top 10 fantasy hockey player all season long. Some still question whether he can keep this level of play up, but the Canadiens are giving him plenty of ice time and surrounding him with the right guys to make an impact.
Even though Kopitar was a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick in most fantasy hockey drafts, he is playing like a first rounder. Like Subban, he is doing most of his damage with assists. The Los Angeles Kings have dealt with some team injuries this season, but Kopitar has stepped it up a notch to help out offensively. He has been one of the most consistent players in the NHL this season, finding a way to pick up at least a point in about 80% of the games he has played.
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|Posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
In a day where Steven Stamkos is already standing up without crutches just two weeks after a broken leg he suffered in a game against the Boston Bruins, teammate Martin St. Louis is struggling to stay on his feet during his goal celebrations.
St. Louis scored early in the first period on a breakaway to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. On a fist pump celebration, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain - who was honoured prior to the game - lost his balance and fell to the ice.
At least he didn't go through the glass like Henrik Andersen.
s/t SB Nation.