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Discussion in 'Hockey' started by celticdb15, Oct 13, 2016.
Rookie sensation Austin Matthews with FOUR goals last night in his NHL debut!
The 19 year old Matthews is the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his first game. Here's the video of them. In particular watch the close-up replay of his second goal, it was sublime.
I'm watching the Penguins play their arch-rivals the Flyers in Philly. The Pens' black defenseman Trevor Daley horribly misplays the puck in front of his team's net, leading to an easy Flyers goal. The camera lingers first on Pens' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and then, not on Daly but on the other Pittsburgh defenseman who was on the ice. Daley is never shown.
So I'm trying to crack the code. In football, when a defensive player makes a bad play, the camera routinely lingers on a player who is from a small minority on defenses even though in many cases the mistake was made by a member of the group that overwhelmingly dominates defenses, not the small minority. But in hockey, when a player from a tiny minority makes a bad play, the camera focuses instead on a member of the group that overwhelmingly dominates the sport even though he had nothing to do with the bad play. Hmm, I'm confused. . .
The Penguins defeated Austen Matthews and the Maple Leafs 4-1 tonight. Toronto played just last night and ran out of gas in the third period in a well played contest. But they are on the upswing, especially now that they have Mike Babcock as their head coach.
Edmonton is finally looking strong after years of loading up on coveted first round draft picks. Speed is in this season, thanks to the Penguins and the formula that worked for them in the '16 playoffs.
Unlike the NFL, which refuses to acknowledge much less imitate the success of brilliant White athletes, the NHL is a copycat league as it doesn't have the Caste System noose around its neck.
Dancing at the rink.
During the late NFL game, I saw NBC was promoting their Black Friday game (Rangers-Flyers at 1 pm/East).
I think it's cool the NHL is trying to create some holiday tradition, w/the New Years Day game, and now a national broadcast after Thanksgiving for a couple years now.
Last night Jagr moved in to a tie for 2nd place in all-time NHL points. He's becoming the George Blanda of hockey. Jagr's running a really great marathon..
Couple more good years, Jagr will put some distance between himself and Messier.. but will still finish hundreds of points short of Gretzky. Gretzky's point total is one of the most underappreciated sports achievements of my lifetime. It's sick how far ahead of everyone else Gretzky got..
Columbus has won 14 straight games and Minnesota 12 straight. When they met tonight it was the first time in NHL history two teams with win streaks that long had met. (And according to Paul Steigerwald, Pittsburgh's play-by-play announcer of tonight's Penguins-Canadiens game, it's the first time it's happened in any of the four major pro leagues.)
The Penguins have had their best December in franchise history, but Columbus blew them out 7-1 recently. Nice to see Columbus having success after almost always being a bottom feeder previously, as long as they don't knock out Pittsburgh in the playoffs. But the Penguins are playing very well overall. They have the ability to cruise through significant parts of games they aren't real interested in yet still be able to turn it on the third period and win. Sidney Crosby is playing as well as he ever has and is the clear number one player in the world again. Hiring Mike Sullivan as coach was the best move the front office ever made. He's the perfect coach for this team -- knowledgeable, demanding and tough but not too tough. He's turned around the country club attitude that pervaded the organization and the Penguins at least have a shot at repeating this spring as Stanley Cup champions, as difficult as that feat is in the NHL.
The amazing Jaromir Jagr is now second on the all-time NHL scoring list with 1,897 points. At 45 years old he's still a very good player. Hard to believe that someone who was on the Penguins' Stanley Cup winning team in 1990-'91 is still playing and doing so at a high level!
Jagr's reached second all-time in spite of playing three seasons in Europe, and of course the 2004-'05 NHL season was wiped out by a lockout.
He's still almost 1,000 points behind The Great One so he'll never sniff Gretzky's mark of 2,857 career points.
At the NHL All Star game the "diverse" girl-group Fifth Harmony bailed out at the last moment and so the NHL had to scramble for a replacement. Courtney Daniels, who is part of the Kings ice crew sang it and was phenomenal. Probably much better than the overblown celebrities that she replaced.
Sidney Crosby needs 3 more points to reach 1,000 for his career. Even though he'll be the 86th player to reach that milestone, it's still a significant mark in the NHL's prolonged "dead puck" era. More impressive is that Crosby is fifth best all-time in average points per game, behind only Gretzky, Lemieux, Bossy and Orr. Crosby leads the NHL with 30 goals and is second to Connor McDavid in the scoring race despite missing the first two weeks of the season with a concussion.
Move over NFL and its emasculating "pink month" supporting feminism every October. The NHL throughout February is partnering with "You Can Play" -- which according to the article I read is a non-profit "aimed at supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports." One of the initiatives will be on display during tonight's Pittsburgh-Calgary game, when players from both teams will be forced to put rainbow "pride tape" on their sticks. The Penguins also donated tickets to bring "LGBTQ youth" to the game. And an LGBTQ high school student will sing the national anthem before the game. Chris Kunitz is the Penguins' You Can Play "ambassador" for February.
Gross. Stupid move by NHL .
Looks like the Islanders are being kicked out of the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn:
The atmosphere has been lame in hipster Brooklyn where they probably love their NBA team. The old Nassau Coliseum was always boisterous, with a mostly working and middle class fan base. But according to the media and NHL honchos the old barn in Uniondale was outdated and, to be fair, it was more than a little rough round the edges. It is being renovated but the article says the NHL is not likely to approve of it due to it having enough seats.
Cross-ties: mostly white Patriots players visit Bruins for opening celebration and puck drop. Interesting who showed up.
James White stands barely waist-high compared to Chara
Terrific article on the Oiler's Connor McDavid in the latest Sports Illustrated (March 6th issue). He is managed by Bobby Orr's agency and they do a great job of tracing McDavid's hockey lineage with the all time greats so at just 20 his future looks boundless. The only downside is he wasn't featured as the cover story but now that SI has reduced the number of issues they put out each year from 45 to 38 it will be harder for guys like McDavid to garner a cover. Remember though, I do not think the great Pavel Bure ever made a cover. Bure was an early 90's sensation who led his Canucks team to the final vs the Rangers in 1994. I think in terms of speed and dynamic ability he was similar to basketball's Allen Iverson who also led his Philadelphia team to the final against the Lakers but ended up losing just like the Canucks did. The media with ESPN as the gate keeper underplays NHL's athletes and Bure was not drooled over to the extent Iverson was but guys like Bure and now McDavid who travel at near WARP SPEED should not be ignored. McDavid is arguably the greatest young athlete in the entire sports world!!! GO EDMONTON!!!! Too bad I live on the east coast. And again when the caste hounds lay out their arguments you never see legends like Bobby Orr pop up in their discussion. Orr with his end to end speed and wondrous athletic ability along with ace hockey skills takes a back seat to no one in terms of raw physical talent.
Just watched the Sabres-Penguins game. Buffalo was up 3-0 but Pitt fought back and went ahead 4-3 late in the third. The Penguins took a penalty with less than 2 minutes left and the Sabres pulled their goalie, giving them a 6-4 manpower advantage -- until Evander Kane's stick broke and Kane passed the puck with his skate. It's illegal for a player to make a play after his stick breaks. Penalty called on Kane, faceoff in Buffalo's end, Sabres' goalie has to go back in the game, making it 4 on 4. Penguins win thanks to Kane not knowing one of the basic rules of hockey.
Check out this coast to coast one-handed backhand goal Sidney Crosby scored two days ago.