For our entire hockey watching or hockey playing lives, we’ve all basically disagreed with every single call these lads have made, unless of course it was for our team. Sure, it’s a bit unfair, but if they just made the right call all the time, we wouldn’t have this problem. Am I right?! (more…)
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After a bit of a summer break, we’re back with another episode of 15 Minutes of Fame – this week on the show we’re talking Shea Weber, Rick Nash & the NHL, along with our expectations for the London Olympics.
In the GABBYs: Oscar Pistorius, the McLaren Racing Team, Ernie Els, the Brazilian soccer team, Dillon Donnelly & Chad Ochocino. The Punchline this week is the Olympic organizers!
If you think I missed an installment of my GOTW segment, you’re absolutely right…but I’m here to make it up to you!
This edition of the Goals of the Week features the top five goals from the week of March 19th – a beauty spin-o-rama, a couple of solid breakaway dekes, some end-to-end action and a poke check gone wrong!
5. Ben Maxwell
He’s only got one goal this season, but it was a beauty! Check out this spin move by Winnipeg’s Ben Maxwell against the Washington Capitals!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The REST of the BEST!) (more…)
Well folks, another week of NHL has come and gone, which means another week’s worth of potential Goals of the Week candidates!
This week on the GOTW we’ve got some magic from a guy who used to do it all the time, a beauty Avalanche, some sick hands from an Edmonton kid, a “welcome back” dangle and a bit of coast-to-coast action!
5. Alex Edler
Anytime a guy takes the puck from behind his own net and is able to cash at the other end of the ice, it’s a thing of beauty. Check out this goal by Vancouver’s Alex Edler last week!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The REST of the BEST!)
4. Matt Hunwick
Colorado’s Matt Hunwick is a guy you might not expect to see too often on this list, but how can you ignore the type of dangles he put on display recently? What a goal!
3. Ryan Shannon
Tampa Bay’s Ryan Shannon gave Marty Turco a bit of a “welcome back” present last week, dangling him right back to Austria with a nifty breakaway move!
2. Tyler Ennis
He doesn’t score often, but when he does, it’s usually the result of a solid play! Check out the hands on Tyler Ennis, who checks in at number two on this week’s list!
1. Alex Ovechkin
The Great 8 is making a late push for the Washington Capitals and just filling the net on a nightly basis recently. That includes this beauty against the Blackhawks where Alex Ovechkin totally undresses Duncan Keith!
What the Puck?
In the game of hockey there are three types of luck – there’s good luck, there’s bad luck, and then there’s this:
What a tough break!
It was a long time coming, but Scott Gomez finally did it!
For the first time since February 5th, 2011, the Montreal Canadiens centre used the forward momentum of his hockey stick to direct the puck past the goaltender of an opposing NHL team, between the three red bars and into the net, a feat normally referred to in sports as a “goal.”
The Anchorage, Alaska, native went 54 game between goals (or 61 games if you count last year’s playoff loss to the Bruins) and had become the butt of many a joke in Montreal, where fans became so impatient with his lack of production that they actually celebrated the one-year anniversary of the last time he bulged the twine. Someone even launched a website to track his progress called “Did Gomez Score?”
As you can see, the site has been updated! FIND OUT WHY after the jump! (more…)
Another week has come and gone in the NHL, which means it’s once again time to count down the best of the best from around the league.
This week on the GOTW we’ve got a unusual looking penalty shot, a couple of bruising power forwards showing off some soft hands, a spin-o-rama overtime winner and a great breakaway dangle.
5. Alexander Semin
It’s not everyday that you see a guy try a clapper on a penalty shot, but Washington Capitals forward Alex Semin did it to perfection this past week. The crazy part is that he winds up at the hash marks and puts it right into the top corner!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The rest of this week’s Top 5!) (more…)
I think it’s time that the Edmonton Oilers invested in some bug spray – particularly, the type that keeps that pesky “injury bug” away.
Over the past couple of seasons, the Oil have developed a reputation of being a team that has just dreadful luck when it comes to players getting hurt. I think they may have reached a new low in that category in 2012 though, and if you don’t believe me, take the last couple of weeks as a prime set of examples!
It’s no secret that the hopes and dreams of Oilers fans sit squarely on the shoulders of three players: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall. Well, all three of those players are hurt right now, the result of “freak” injuries.
Nugent-Hopkins will miss a month with a shoulder injury suffered on January 2nd, when he tripped over the blue line and slammed awkwardly into the boards. Eberle sprained his knee when he got kind of tied up, away from the play, with Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn on January 7th…and as for Taylor Hall, well, you’ve got to see this one to believe it.
Hall suffered a deep cut to the face on Tuesday night in Columbus when he slipped on a puck during warm-ups, took out teammate Ladislav Smid and ended up getting stepped on by Corey Potter along the boards…(VIDEO of the incident after the jump!) (more…)
As his team sits near the cut line in the Eastern Conference, Sidney Crosby is doing whatever he can to shake his “concussion-like” symptoms.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Monday that their captain would be going back to see his chiropractic neurologist this week, in what seems like an almost last-ditch effort to get healthy and get back on the ice. The Pens enlisted the services of Ted Carrick last fall to help Crosby recover, though according to NHL.com, the field of chiropractic neurology is somewhat controversial and unorthodox.
After missing almost 11 months with a concussion, Crosby has been out since a December 5th meeting with the Boston Bruins where he took a couple of bumps and his symptoms popped back up. That was game number eight of his long-awaited return, and while he was great during that time (two goals, 12 points), it didn’t seem to take much to put him back out.
So, the question is: Should Sidney Crosby risk a return this season? (more…)
It’s times like these that I wish that Wayne Gretzky were the Prime Minister of Canada.
Sure, he might not be great at balancing budgets or tackling the socio-economic issues facing the country, but he’d probably get the hang of it. At the very least, it would ensure another win for Canada if the rumors about another Summit Series are true!
This September marks the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, and there will apparently be some kind of month-long celebration of the Cold War clash between the two nations. As part of that celebration, the Toronto Star reported this week that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be facing off against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a couple of exhibition games, which the PMO quickly denied.
Sounds cool, right?
Well…it would be, if we were talking about leaders like Wayne Gretzky and Vladislav Tretiak, or Joe Thornton and Pavel Datsyuk! Instead, we’re talking about a Canadian who dropped out of hockey in his early teens and a Russian who only just recently picked up the sport. (AFTER THE JUMP: Video of Putin on skates!) (more…)
Well, 2011 ended with a bang and another round of filthy dangles and sweet snipes taking us into the New Year.
On this edition of the Goals of the Week, we’ve got a nifty backhander, some top corner magic, a couple of solid individual efforts and a passing play for the ages from a team we’re used to seeing it from!
5. Alexander Semin
Alex Semin makes Marty Biron look like a backup goalie on this one, breaking in all alone and rifling a backhand shot past him with some authority!
(AFTER THE JUMP: The Rest of the Best from around the NHL!)
It seems like Christmas keeps coming early when we’re talking about beauty goals from around the NHL, and this past week was no different!
In this edition of the GOTW, we’ve got some solid hand-eye coordination, a nifty overtime winner, a couple of pretty passing plays and a pretty awesome individual effort to round things out.
5. Joe Pavelski
This guy is all kinds of clutch in the playoffs, but he’s not bad during the regular season either! Watch as Joe Pavelski tracks down this Josh Harding rebound with a spinning swing of the stick. Also: listen to the ridiculous comment made by the commentator before the goal about the number of shots the Sharks have in the game.
(AFTER THE JUMP: Check out the rest of the GOTW!) (more…)
It seems like over-celebrating has been all the rage in the world of sports over the past few months, and that trend continued on Thursday night in the NHL!
From “Tebowing” and “The Burris” in the NFL, to Arron Asham’s controversial “Go to Sleep” move earlier this season, it seems like guys just keep on finding new ways to express themselves out there. Well, you can add New York Rangers “sniper” Artem Anisimov to that list!
Things got ugly at MSG after Anisimov scored a beautiful shorthanded goal to put his club up 2-1 over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. As he skated away from the net, Anisimov morphed into a Teemu Selanne/Tim Tebow hybrid, flipping his stick around, dropping to one knee and pretending to “shoot” Bolts goalie Mathieu Garon! (VIDEO after the jump!) (more…)
What’s that old saying – better late than never?
Another week has come and gone in the NHL, and half of another week has also come and gone, but I’ve finally got the Goals of the Week for you, from the week of November 21st.
It was quite the week in the league – a triumphant return for a young star, another couple of stars in the making continued to rack up the highlight reel goals, and a couple of veterans showed off their dangles as well. This week in the What the Puck section, you’ll see the many sides of Cal Clutterbuck’s game!
5. Jason Spezza
Jason Spezza is off to a hot start this season, and that was really showcased on Sunday when he took a pass up the middle of the ice, skated through three Hurricanes players and beat Cam Ward with a nice move. (See the GOTW after the jump!) (more…)
Another week has come and gone in the NHL, which means another week’s worth of beauty snipes and sick dangles.
Last week’s big winner was Philly’s Claude Giroux – did he make the list again? Do any goals from the past seven days beat his opening night gino? Do we have any repeat offenders? This week’s top five starts off with the Battle of New York and a little Johnny T, and finishes with a beauty from Music City!
Let’s get to it!
5. John Tavares
John Tavares is off to a red-hot start this season, and his NY Islanders actually look like a team that might make some noise this season. Check out this sick connection between Mark Streit and Tavares in a win over the Rangers (starts at 0:12)! (Goals after the jump!) (more…)