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10
Dec
09

Panthers Defenseman Knocks Out His Own Teammate

On Monday when the Edmonton Oilers took on the Florida Panthers, late in the second period, Oilers center Robert Nilsson glided up the ice, the only problem was that the Panthers’ Bryan Allen had him dead-to-rights in his sights.

Allen came flying in to check Nilsson somewhere into the next decade except, with a nifty spin-move Nilsson avoided the hit. All that energy had to go somewhere though and unable to stop himself in time, Allen instead slammed into his own teammate, Gregory Campbell, knocking Campbell out cold. Oops!

I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to take your teammates out of the game. I mean, I’m only a novice at hockey, but that seems counterproductive…

[Low on Oil]

10
Dec
09

The Winter Classic Looks Magical

When you think of fine wine probably the FIRST thing you think of is the NHL. Or at least I do, but then I’m a classy kind of guy.

For those of you unaware, the NHL has an official special event wine maker, Joseph George, who makes special wines and bottles for “the All-Star Games and milestone player accomplishment bottles as well as the new Winter Classic bottles.”

Awesome! Now when you think varietals, you too should think of the NHL.

Me, I’m too busy scheming of a way to get tickets to the Winter Classic at Fenway. Sure, it’s going to be balls-ass cold, but think about how incredibly amazing it will be to watch a hockey game out at the ol’ ballpark!

One artist has an idea what it will be like, pretty dope if you ask me.  It’d definitely be kick-ass if it snows during the game, but Al Gore believes that won’t happen. I’d also imagine there will be a hell of a lot more NBC signage up, but otherwise, this looks pretty magical.

So, if you have a spare ticket lying around, why not take your friendly neighborhood sports blogger. After all, I already bring so much happiness into your life, isn’t it time you repay the favor?

[Puck Daddy]

09
Dec
09

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Hockey Fight

I like this fight between Pittsburgh’s Bill Guerin against Carolina’s Tim Gleason because both sides get their chance to get some shots in. There’s no doubt that Gleason wins the early part of the fight but when Guerin piledrives him into the ice and then throws a few forearms to the face, it evens the score.

[Hockey Fights]

07
Dec
09

Revenge is Best Served on the Ice

I knew I always kind of liked Brendan Shanahan, the feisty winger retired recently from the NHL with over 650 goals, nearly 700 assists and almost 2500 penalty minutes. Even more importantly, he retired as the unofficial career leader in Gordie Howe Hat Tricks — which involve scoring a goal, an assist and a fight in one game — with 9. While talking with reporters about his new job with the NHL commissioner’s office, Shanahan told a story showing how the pugnacious forward never forgot a slight, even one done to him as a teenager.

“When I was 14 years old I was skating in the summertime at a rink in Toronto,” Shahanan recalled. “Rick Vaive happened to be skating at an adjoining rink and we were actually in dressing rooms that were right next to each other.

“I went in when he was sort of settled and asked him for an autograph. I didn’t get the best response from Rick Vaive at that time.”

“Fast forward four years later and Rick Vaive is waiting for a meaningless faceoff in Buffalo,” Shanahan said. “He’s now playing for the Sabres. He’s lined up next to some 18-year-old kid from New Jersey. When the puck dropped, I attacked Rick Vaive.

“It was a quiet, uneventful game. He couldn’t believe the rage I had, not only in attacking him, but it took two (linesmen) to restrain me afterwards and throw me in the penalty box.”

Vaive was dumbfounded.

“He said to one of my teammates at the time, Jim Korn, ‘By the way, what’s wrong with that kid and why was he coming after me?’ ” Shanahan recounted. “Jim Korn said, ‘Apparently he asked you for an autograph when he was a little kid and you weren’t that friendly to him. So he’s harbored those feelings since then.’ “

[NJ.com]

01
Dec
09

Female Hockey Player Manhandles the Boys in a Fight

Normally if you see a video that advertises itself as a teen girl getting double-teamed on the Internet it is for something very different than in this clip below. Instead of hot teen action, we get HOT TEEN ACTION as Exeter High School’s hockey team’s only female player gets jumped by two opposing players. Immediately her teammates rally to the cause, but this young lady doesn’t need anyone to fight her battles for her.

While #4 might be bigger than she is, she gets up and just straight up PUMMELS him. That should teach him a lesson about messing with girls.

[Barstool Sports]

01
Dec
09

The Save of the Year (So Far)

Ryan Miller has, with his early season excellence cemented his status as one of the top netminders in the NHL, he’s also likely earned himself a spot on Team USA in the upcoming Olympic games. More importantly, he was one of my last picks for my fantasy hockey team and has been one of the most valuable players I have.

Last night against the Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes he just flat-out ROBS Rob Brind’Amour with what has to be the best save I’ve seen so far this season.

01
Dec
09

Teammate Nearly Decapitates Own Goalie With a Slash

The Florida Panthers were in Atlanta to play the Thrashers and midway through the first period, already tied 1-1, Ilya Kovalchuk came flying in on a breakaway. Despite the efforts of goalie Tomas Vokoun who stymied the first attempt but was unable to stop the rebound shot from going into the net. Frustrated with his team’s lack of defensive skill, Keith Ballard took out his aggression on his stick. Unluckily, when Ballard slammed his stick against the post, breaking it, the end of the stick struck his goaltender, lacerating his ear. Oops!

Vokoun left the ice and was taken to a local hospital, but should ultimately be fine.

30
Nov
09

The Penguins and Steelers Suggest You Pack it Up

As weird as it is to believe, over the last decade the second-best city for championships has been Pittsburgh. Sure, the Pirates are miserable, but 2 Steelers championships, a Penguins Cup and multiple late-round playoff trips for both teams shows that the Pittsburgh is a force to be reckoned with. On the heels of success comes entrepreneurs eager to exploit it for their own gain and the Steel City is no exception.

If you’re a big-time Penguins or Steelers fan forget replica jerseys, t-shirts or beer cozies, there’s only one true way to show everyone how much you care; “tobacco pipes.”

Now, I’d never get one of these, not my style (or teams) but if I had to choose, you gotta go with the Penguins one right? I mean, the color scheme is just so much better, and let’s face it, style matters.

[Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies]

30
Nov
09

Sidney Crosby Just Got 15,000 New Hats

For Saturday’s Penguins game, the fans at the Igloo were given free Penguins hats. Sidney Crosby knew the burden that put on his team financially and so he decided to make sure the Penguins could recoup that loss, midway through the 3rd period he deposited his third goal of the night into the back of the net. And then the hats, oh how they rained down upon the ice, (check out the 2:14 mark when it is just a torrent of hats flying down to the ice.)

 

25
Nov
09

Sitting on the Bench Can Be Dangerous

Off to a pretty decent start of the season, Ottawa Senators starting goalie Pascal LeClaire was sitting out Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals with a slight injury to his lower body. While sitting on the bench during overtime an errant dump-in pass by teammate Mike Fisher hit a stick on the ice and then flew into the Ottawa bench. The puck struck the struck and then rebounded into the right side of Leclaire’s face.

He’s expected to be out at least a month with a broken cheekbone.

[AP]

23
Nov
09

Perronimo!

Saturday’s Islanders/Blues game ended in a St. Louis 4-1 victory and it was David Perron’s 3rd period goal that put the cherry on top of this sweet victory. From his own blue line Perron weaves his wave through two defenders before continuing his nifty moves to totally fake out the goaltender and fire it in to the net while falling. Well done sir.

20
Nov
09

Stamkos Scores an Awfully Pretty Goal

The #1 pick in the NHL draft in 2008, Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos has a much more important place in the world; I recently picked him up for my fantasy hockey team where he’s been playing like gangbusters. Case in point, this super sweet goal he scored last night. It’s contributions like this that keep me not just in first place, but absolutely CRUSHING the “competition.”




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