Friday, January 25, 2013

Reaction to Nail Yakupov's goal celebration

Last night in the Edmonton Oilers-Los Angeles Kings game, rookie Nail Yakupov scored with 4.7 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime. What followed immediately after the goal, was Yakupov rushing down the ice, dropping to his knees, and sliding all the way into his own zone. Here's the clip if you haven't seen it yet:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Colton Orr Fighting John Scott: Explaining why people should appreciate what happened

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabres in the blue and white's home opener. Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller played extremely well, registering 34 saves and stopping all but one shot that came his way -- a Nazem Kadri power-play goal late in the third period -- helping lead the way for the Sabres. While the game wasn't entirely entertaining, the crowd at the Air Canada Centre was quiet throughout the night, with there being only two instances where you could hear fans make any noise: one was near the end of the game, after Kadri cut the deficit to one, giving the Leafs an opportunity to tie it. The other was three minutes into the game, which leads me to what this column is all about. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The 2013 NHL Season Super-Blog: A Player's Perspective, Injuries, Goaltending, and Predictions

On a hot and humid August afternoon, Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust was sitting in a golf cart, checking his new iPhone for messages and updates on the lockout, hoping to hear some positive news that could lead to a full 82-game season. The replies were the same, after every hole driving to the next, never falling short of disappointment: "nothing new to report".

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lombardi Trade & Connolly Waiving Creates Opportunity for Young Guns

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With the season starting up this Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made a few moves in the past 24 hours to shake things up in the organization. Forward Matthew Lombardi was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a draft pick (the deal creates $1.5 million in cap space), as well as the sorta-surprising-but-not-so-surprising announcement that forward Tim Connolly was placed on waivers. While it is expected that he will go unclaimed, Connolly will either be sent down to their minor-league affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, or be bought-out with the NHL's "accelerated buyout" clause.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Maple Leafs Fire Brian Burke: What Happened, Why Did They Do It, and What Now

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Alright, I'm sure everyone has taken their deep breaths and are now coming back to earth following Wednesday's shocking news. In a move that floored the hockey world, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired President and General Manager Brian Burke, replacing him with assistant G.M. Dave Nonis. While many analysts agree that the move itself isn't entirely shocking -- considering the Leafs failed to make the playoffs in the four years Burke managed the club -- but the timing of it is what threw everyone off guard. With the lockout ending just a few days prior to the firing, fans were more focused on whether or not the team would acquire Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, and if this squad could find a way to grab a playoff spot in the upcoming 48-game season.