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Pronger Returns, Flyers Fight

January 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Chris Pronger returned to action last night for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Pronger returned for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after having an operation to make his head not look like a penis.

Chris Pronger returned for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday after having an operation to make his head not look like a penis.

From Fanhouse

There was some old-time Broad Street hockey in Philadelphia on Thursday night as the Flyers not only welcomed back Chris Pronger in their dominating 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, increasing their Eastern Conference lead, they also took part in some fisticuffs. The two teams combined for 126 penalty minutes, most of which came in the third period as the result of a number of fights.

Original Photo Yahoo

Lundqvist Is King Of The Rangers

January 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Henrik  Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has really been earning his nickname this season.

King Henrik has been great for NY Rangers this season.

King Henrik has been great for NY Rangers this season.

From NHL.com

While Lundqvist’s dominance would be the talk of the locker room for most other goaltenders, it’s reached the point where it’s commonplace in New York.

“He played really good late there. He made some big saves in the third period,” Tortorella said. “It’s a good game for him to bounce back. I think he was a little irritated on the goal against Montreal. But he had some fight to him. Especially at the end — there was a couple of close-in chances that he made some great saves on to secure the win.”

Even with the softie in the Canadiens game, Lundqvist has been sensational the past two games. He’s stopped 67 of 69 shots, and he’s done it playing behind what is now the youngest group of defenseman in the League.

Original Photos Yahoo inquisitr

Happy New Year! Winter Classic Moved to 8PM

January 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Happy New Year.  The 2011 NHL Winter Classic has been delayed until 8PM due to rain.

Happy New Year to everyone from Katchop.com. Even Alex Ovechkin.

Happy New Year to everyone from Katchop.com. Even Alex Ovechkin.

From The Washington Post

Several players said the ice was soft and there were a few holes, particularly in the corner by the left faceoff circle on the right side of the rink, where puddles formed.

Although the Capitals came off the ice before the NHL’s announcement that the Winter Classic’s start time has been changed to 8 p.m. in order to avoid the rain that’s forecasted for the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, most players said a delay wouldn’t bother them much.

“With the way the ice was this afternoon, it was soft, it was wet,” defenseman Scott Hannan said. “If the temperature would drop and the ice would be a little better, I’m sure that would be good.”

Original Photo Life

Sutter Out In Calgary

December 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Calgary Flames announced the resignation of Darryl Sutter as GM.

Calgary Flames fans cried tears of joy yesterday. Darryl Sutter did not.

Calgary Flames fans cried tears of joy yesterday. Darryl Sutter did not.

From The Toronto Sun

Darryl Sutter stepped down as GM of the Calgary Flames Tuesday morning and assistant GM Jay Feaster will take over in the interim.

The Flames made the announcement just as the players took to the ice for practice.

“Darryl has performed valuable service to the Calgary Flames organization for eight years,” said president Ken King. “He was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year.

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Boudreau Likes Ketchup

December 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Washington Capitals, is kind of crazy on HBO’s 24/7.

Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals likes ketchup.

Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals likes ketchup.

From CBS

Between elbowing the glass and freaking out on the bench during his team’s current losing streak, it’s no wonder the Capitals have little to no composure when they are forced to play from behind. In the event of a fire or an emergency, Boudreau is the last guy I would want being in charge of the safety of people’s lives. (That and the fact in one of his Real World-like confessions, he had either ketchup or barbeque sauce all over his face).

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Matt Carkner Plays With Blood

December 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Carkner of the Ottawa Senators is in trouble for flicking blood.

Matt Carkner of the Ottawa Senators likes the smell of blood.

Matt Carkner of the Ottawa Senators likes the smell of blood.

From The Huffington Post

As Carkner skated away, he appeared to flick or make a blood-flicking gesture towards the Rangers bench.

Rangers players claimed that Carkner did in fact flick blood at them, according to the Ottawa Sun.

“He just skated by, wiped his brow twice, maybe three times and just flicked (the blood) at us. I don’t know why, but that’s what happened,” New York’s Brian Boyle reportedly said after the game. “I was really surprised.”

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Devils Continue Their Implosion

November 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NJ Devils are now 5-11-2.

Martin Brodeur, who always keeps a sandwich hidden in his goalie pads, takes a break during a TV timeout.

Martin Brodeur, who always keeps a sandwich hidden in his goalie pads, offers to share with a teammate during a TV timeout.

From ESPN.com

If it’s not effort, then what is it? Injuries have played a role in the Devils’ woes, but plenty of teams work through injuries. Two seasons ago, the Devils lost goaltender Martin Brodeur for more than half the regular season, and they still won the Atlantic Division.

So, Lamoriello must decide in his heart of hearts whether MacLean deserves more time.

To fire MacLean would be an admission of failure for the coach and the GM. But it would be a small price to pay, if finding a coach who can coax something approaching Kovalchuk’s potential out of the big winger meant getting the Devils back to the postseason.

Original Photo Yahoo

Anders The Giant

October 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Nashville Predators goalie Anders Lindback has been a pleasant surprise. He’s also huge.

Anders Lindback of the Nashville Predators reminds people of Andre The Giant.

Anders Lindback of the Nashville Predators is the same size as Andre The Giant, so finding a goalie mask that fits has been difficult.

From ontheforecheck.com

Hockey, perhaps more than any game, has a litany of high-quality player nicknames. NHL-wide, there’s “The Great One” (Wayne Gretzky), “The Great 8″ (Alex Ovechkin), and many, many others. Here in Nashville, we’re pretty plain – “Toots” (Jordin Tootoo), “Peks” (indeed, its on Rinne’s goalie mask),  “Shea Freaking Weber” or “The Beast” for our captain, and many others. At any rate, whether they are hilariously creative or a variation on the player’s name, everybody needs a nickname.

In that spirit, then, we should endeavor to find a suitable nickname for Nashville’s latest backup goaltender, Anders Lindback. He’s 6’6 and from Sweden, so there should be plenty of options, right?

Original Photos Yahoo, moviescreenshots

Rangers Waive Redden

September 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers have put Wade Redden on waivers.

The joy of New York Rangers fans after hearing the news of Wade Redden getting waived transcends time and space.

Upon hearing the news of Wade Redden getting waived the joy of New York Rangers fans transcended space and time.

From The NY Post

The $6.5 million albatross no longer will hang around the Rangers’ neck to choke the cap. Wade Redden, the most dramatic and expensive blunder of Glen Sather’s 10-year reign as GM, has been placed on waivers.

Redden, who learned the news from Sather this morning after reporting to the Blueshirts’ practice rink ostensibly to skate in preparation for tonight’s pre-season match in New Jersey, will remain on waivers until noon Monday.

When he clears, Redden would then be obligated to report to the Blueshirts’ AHL training camp in Hartford once the newly renamed Whale begins to practice independently of the NHL squad, though the Rangers would surely grant him permission to play with a team in Europe should that option present itself.

Original Photos History, thegrocerygame


New Home For Wade Redden?

September 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers might be looking for a place to hide Wade Redden.

New York Rangers fans will be very happy if the Rangers find a new home for Wade Redden.

New York Rangers fans will be very happy if the Rangers find a new home for Wade Redden.

From The Hockey News

It’s expected New York Rangers defenseman Wade Redden will be dealt or demoted before the start of the upcoming season.

Redden’s situation isn’t similar to Souray’s in Edmonton as he didn’t badmouth the Rangers organization nor demand a trade. Given the choice, Redden would prefer to remain with the Blueshirts.

The problem is Redden hasn’t played up to the expensive, lengthy contract he signed with the Rangers two years ago and with the club currently sitting $4.059 million over the $59.4-million salary cap, he’s become a prime candidate to be moved before they open the season against Buffalo Oct. 9.

Original Photo sportnooz

Dominik Hasek Debuts In KHL

September 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

45 year old Dominik Hasek played last night for Spartak in the KHL.

Dominik Hasek is playing for Spartak of the KHL and refuses to let age get in his way. His walker is a different story.

Dominik Hasek is playing for Spartak of the KHL and refuses to let age get in his way... but his walker is a different story.

From RT.com

The game was marked by the high-profile debut of Olympic champion Dominik Hasek. He may be 45, but Hasek is still hungry for titles. “The Dominator” is now in the hunt for the Gagagrin Cup, playing for Spartak. And what a chance it was for Hasek to get his KHL career off to a flying start, as a win over CSKA is always something special for Spartak fans.

Original Photos Yahoo, medicalcenterrespiratory

Khabibulin Guilty Of ‘Extreme DUI’

August 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers has been found guilty of a multitude of alcohol related charges.

Nikolai Khabibulin has been found guilty of Extreme DUI, and will likely be sentenced to some jail time.

Nikolai Khabibulin has been found guilty of Extreme DUI, and will likely be sentenced to some jail time.

From The Sporting News

With Friday’s conviction of goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on alcohol-related driving charges, the Edmonton Oilers have a problem. They expect to see their nominal No. 1 goalie miss at least part of training camp, depending on whether he gets jail time.

They also could have the opportunity to rid themselves of his burdensome contract, if the conviction could be construed as justification to use morals terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Original Photos Life, waduiatty

Will The New York Rangers Bury Wade Redden?

August 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The New York Rangers seem set to pay Wade Redden 6.5 million to play hockey in the minors.

Wade Redden may be on a bus headed to the New York Rangers minor league affiliate in Hartford as soon as training camp opens.

Wade Redden may be on a bus headed to the New York Rangers minor league affiliate in Hartford as soon as training camp opens.

From The NY Post

There’s no doubt the plan calls for Redden to be waived at some point during camp so his $6.5 million albatross of a cap hit can be removed from the ledger when the season commences, no doubt whatsoever.

The construction of the roster, including the recent signing of Alexander Frolov and trade for Todd White, indicates GM Glen Sather expects to have Redden’s space available, and so does pretty much everything the organization is communicating this summer to anyone in the industry who will listen.

Original Photos  NY Times, wikimedia

Heritage Classic In Calgary

August 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Calgary will host the 2011 Heritage Classic, which will pit the Calgary Flames against the Montreal Canadiens.

Gary Bettman poses with Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens and Steve Staios of the Calgary Flames, who looks a little like Ronald McDonald in a Flames throwback jersey.

Gary Bettman poses with Josh Gorges of the Montreal Canadiens and Steve Staios of the Calgary Flames, who kind of looks a little like Ronald McDonald in that new Flames Heritage Classic jersey.

From NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames will take part in the 2011 Heritage Classic on Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. The League made it official during a warm Wednesday afternoon news conference, which took place on the field that will play host to the NHL’s sixth-ever outdoor game.

“Our first regular-season outdoor game was played in Canada, and it’s great to be coming back,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “As everyone knows, the roots of our game are in Canada. And the roots of our game emanate from frozen ponds and backyard rinks in Canada. When you have a heritage as proud and as strong as we do, you want to celebrate it.”

Original Photos Yahoo, djcrystalstone

Kovalchuck Gets Help From NHLPA

July 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL Players Association is planning to file a grievance on behalf of Ilya Kovalchuck.

The NHLPA sees dollars signs when the look at Ilya Kovalchuck, and they plan to file a grievance on his behalf (katchop)

The NHLPA sees dollar signs when they look at Ilya Kovalchuck, and they plan to file a grievance on his behalf (katchop)

From sportsnet.ca

A source told sportsnet.ca that the only way a grievance would not be filed was if the Devils and Kovalchuk restructure the deal. However, the source also said that even if the two parties do re-work the contract, the NHLPA may still elect to file a grievance to prevent the league from taking similar action on future deals.

Kovalchuk’s contract with the Devils was rejected by the NHL earlier this week after the league ruled that the deal violated its salary cap.

Under the signed agreement, Kovalchuk was slated to earn $98.5 million in the first 11 years of the deal and only $550,000 in each of the last five seasons. The extra years tacked on at the end of the deal took the contract through the 2026-27 season and lowered the overall salary cap hit to $6 million.

Original Photos zimbio, post.thing

Kovalchuk Gets 102 Million From Devils

July 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Ilya Kovalchuk got a massive contract out of the NJ Devils.

Ilya Kovalchuk is still a Devil, after he accepted a 102 million dollar contract to steal souls (katchop)

Ilya Kovalchuk is still a Devil, after he accepted a 102 million dollar contract to steal the souls of New York Rangers fans (katchop)

From The LA Times

It can’t be a coincidence that the final number was $102 million. That makes it more–by $1 million–than the offer Kovalchuk turned down from Atlanta before the Thrashers traded him to New Jersey in February. He wanted Alexander Ovechkin-like numbers and no one thought he’d get $100 million in this league and with this economic climate. He not only got his numbers, he got more than the most lucrative previous offer.

Here’s the contract structure, as first reported by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and later verified by capgeek.com:

Kovalchuk, in his prime at 27, will earn $6 million in each of the first two seasons. But then he will earn $11.5 million each of the next FIVE seasons. Then his salary goes to $10.5 million for one year, followed by seasons of $8.5 million, $6.5 million, $3.5 million and $750,000. The last five seasons he’s scheduled to be paid $550,000 each. He will be 40 then.

Original Photos zimbio, buyscaryhalloweencostumes

Blackhawks Show Their Pride

June 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Blackhawks will bring the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade today.

The Chicago Blackhawks may introduce a new alternate jersey at this weekend's Chicago Gay Pride Parade (katchop)

The Chicago Blackhawks may introduce a new alternate jersey at this weekend's Chicago Gay Pride Parade (katchop)

From Freep.com

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association invited the Blackhawks to join Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade — and the team said yes. So did the Chicago Cubs, who will have their own float for the first time.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel and his wife, Kelly, will accompany the Cup on a float. Sopel, traded to Atlanta this week, is a father of three and said he’s not trying to make a statement.

“But everybody is a person, and we all have feelings,” he said.

Original Photos flickr, easycart

NHL Draft Has A Few Surprises

June 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The 2010 NHL Draft kicked things off on Friday night and there were several shocking picks, most notably the New York Rangers selecting Dylan “The Undertaker’ McIlrath with the 10th pick.

The New York Rangers used the 10th pick of the 2010 NHL draft on Dylan "The Undertaker" McIlrath (katchop)

The New York Rangers used the 10th pick of the 2010 NHL draft on Dylan "The Undertaker" McIlrath (katchop)

From USA Today

McIlrath, who is 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, was selected Moose Jaw’s most improved player for the second consecutive season after establishing career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, and a plus-20 rating <emdash /> a plus-42 improvement from the previous season.

He said his game is patterned after the one played by Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber.

“I’m a big, physical ‘D’ man,” McIlrath said in Los Angeles, where the draft was held. “I try to be hard to play against and strike fear in the opposition. Also my game is improving. I think I can be a two-way guy, or develop into a two-way guy in the near future.”

Original Photos Yahoo, suite101

NJ Devils Find A Coach

June 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NJ Devils hired John MacLean as their new head coach.

Lou Lamoriello makes his Yoda face in response to a question from the media during the introduction of new Devils Coach John MacLean (katchop)

Lou Lamoriello makes his Yoda face in response to a question from the media during the introduction of new Devils Coach John MacLean (katchop)

From The NY Post

“John was the prime candidate from Day 1,” GM Lou Lamoriello said, despite taking nearly seven weeks to make the decision. “There’s no question in my mind that he’s ready to take the full reins.”

MacLean, who scored 347 goals for New Jersey, spent eight seasons prepping for yesterday’s anointing, seven years as a Devils’ assistant coach, before fulfilling Lamoriello’s final prerequisite last season as head coach at Lowell, guiding the Devils’ top farm team to the playoffs for the first time in years.

“It’s a little bit surreal. I’m very excited, almost like [1983] draft day,” MacLean said.

Original Photos Yahoo, JediSanctuary

Alternate Logo: Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

June 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 2010 Stanley Cup Champions (katchop)

The Chicago Blackhawks are 2010 Stanley Cup Champions (katchop)

From USA Today

Thousands of fans surged out onto the streets of Chicago on Wednesday night to celebrate after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. They wore team jerseys, waved banners, and carried memories <emdash /> long memories, in many cases.

“We’re a hockey family, been down for generations and I honestly could not be more thrilled. This is a night I’ll always remember,” said Jeremy Holleb of suburban Highland Park, after the Hawks won the National Hockey League championship on the road with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers at Philadelphia night.

Holleb was among the fans who gathered at Harry Carry’s Tavern on Navy Pier near downtown, where Bobby Hull, a star of the Blackhawks’ last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1961, was watching the game and signing autographs.

“Reason I’m here is because of my dad,” Holleb said. “He’s been dreaming for a while to see the cup come back. And what really got to me is the fact that he sent a picture of himself on the couch with a brick from the old stadium and a signed stick from Bobby Hull from the 1961 Stanley Cup finals.”

Original Photos sportslogos.net, starpulse

Flyers Get Even With Blackhawks

June 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers are tied 2-2 after they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks pours vodka in his eyes to punish himself for allowing a bad goal (katchop)

Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks pours vodka in his eyes to punish himself for allowing a bad goal (katchop)

From USA Today

The Philadelphia Flyers probably feel as if they are leading in confidence after posting a little-bit-scary 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks to even the best-of-seven series 2-2 before heading back to Chicago for Game 5 on Sunday.

“This is just two good teams that have played well at home,” said Flyers winger Simon Gagne. “They are tough to beat at home and we are tough to beat at home. The team that wins on the road will win the series.”

Original Photos Yahoo, lclark.edu

Chris Pronger Does Not Play Nice

June 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Even though his Philadelphia Flyers are down 2 games to none against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final, Chris Pronger has the Blackhawks angry.

People in Chicago feel that Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers acted like a big baby after the first two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (katchop)

People in Chicago feel that Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers acted like a big baby after the first two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (katchop)

From nationalpost.com

It seems like if you’re going to debate whether or not Chris Pronger is a jerk, then you’re in for a very short debate, filled primarily with examples, or vague impressions, of exactly why he is a jerk. If the conversation occurs in Edmonton, it will be longer, if only because the examples will be more salacious. But it’s awfully difficult to find anybody who disagrees.

The latest addition to the canon of Pronger’s unlikability is the case of the missing pucks, or rather, the pucks that he quite deliberately picked up as the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated defeating Pronger’s Philadelphia Flyers in both Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

After the Hall of Fame-bound defenceman skated after and pocketed the second puck, he was confronted by Chicago’s Ben Eager at centre ice, who says he told Pronger, “You can keep it.”

This sparked the sort of minor and interesting war of words which really looks good when one team is down 2-0. Was Pronger playing mind games? Did he really throw the pucks into the garbage, as he claimed? And in at least some quarters, a debate: Was Pronger being a jerk at all?

“What added incentive do they have now?” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told the media Tuesday. “They’re mad? They’re angry? It’s the playoffs … I don’t know what else they’re going to do, because we stole their puck.”

Original Photos National Post, Amazon

Czech Republic Wins IIHF Championship

May 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Czech Republic defeated Russia in the Gold Medal game of the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Members of the Czech Republic hockey team celebrate their upset win over Russia in the IIHF Hockey World Championship by interacting with Russian fans (katchop)

Members of the Czech Republic hockey team celebrate their upset win over Russia in the IIHF Hockey World Championship by interacting with Russian fans (katchop)

From TSN.com

“There’s no way we should compete on an even level with the team we played tonight when you look at the players they have,” said Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun, who made 35 saves. “In one game, anything can happen. I highly doubt that we would beat them in a playoff series four times to knock them out.”

No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had suffered quarter-final losses in four straight major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics.

In fact, defenceman Petr Caslava said he didn’t start believing the team could win the title until Jakub Klepis converted a pass from Jagr just 20 seconds into the gold-medal game. The rest of the game felt like a dream.

“We weren’t a team with many stars but we play with heart,” said Caslava.

Original Photo Yahoo

Flyers Advance To Finals

May 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

The Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the Finals by defeating the Montreal Canadiens and goalie Jaroslav Halak, who seemed confused for most of the series (katchop)

The Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the Finals by defeating the Montreal Canadiens and goalie Jaroslav Halak, who seemed confused for most of the series (katchop)

From Philly.com

The Flyers, sparked by a had-to-see-it-to-believe-it shorthanded goal by Mike Richards, won the Eastern Conference title tonight by defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, before a roaring, ole-ole-ole-singing crowd at the Wachovia Center.

The hard-earned triumph enabled the Flyers to win the conference finals, four games to one, and advance into the Cup Finals for the first time since 1987. They will face the Chicago Blackhawks starting Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Windy City.

One team is going to end a long drought. The Flyers have not won the Cup since 1975; the Blackhawks last won the title in 1961.

Original Photos Yahoo, Yahoo

Blackhawks Sweep Sharks

May 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing for the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in 4 games.

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks completed a 4 game sweep of the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (katchop)

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks completed a 4 game sweep of the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (katchop)

From ESPN

“I think today was one of those games where everything was kind of going against us,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We give up a shorthanded goal [and] get hit in the face with the puck. I think we were in a little bit of a disarray for a few minutes.

“Seabs [Brent Seabrook] makes a real nice play on the first goal with good patience, good vision and awareness. And [Dave] Bolland scores a big one at the end of the second period. And all of a sudden it’s anyone’s game.”

At that point, was it really anyone’s game? Once it was tied, the Hawks were not going to be denied. A magnificent third period ensured that, but it was that first goal — reviewed and declared good — that jumpstarted the Hawks and the United Center crowd.

“Sometimes all you need is to see one go in,” Jonathan Toews said. “We had a lot of great opportunities early in the second. Giving up that goal on the power play wasn’t a good one. When you come back and get a break like that, it was great for our energy. It just showed us that if we work hard we’re going to get the results we’re looking for.”

Original Photos Yahoo, drexel.edu

Canadiens Light Up Leighton

May 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Montreal Canadiens have figured out how to score.

Michael Leighton inspects his smoldering goalie glove for damage after the Philadelphia Flyers netminder was burned for 5 goals against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (katchop)

Michael Leighton inspects his smoldering goalie glove for damage after the Philadelphia Flyers netminder was burned for 5 goals against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (katchop)

From Sports llustrated

The Canadiens also made a statement regarding Flyers goalie Michael Leighton, who is never to be confused as the second coming of Bernie Parent. They needed to quickly bring him back to his journeyman history. They did it, in part, by pressuring the Flyers’ defense the way they did the Caps and Pens and they shut down Philadelphia’s best playmakers as they had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Canadiens forced the Flyers to dump the puck and got it out of harm’s way quickly. Instead of crashing Leighton’s crease, however, they used their speed to get behind the Flyers’ defense and confront the goalie one-on-one, and they beat him.

Original Photo: Yahoo

Jesus Loves The Philadelphia Flyers

May 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers must have a higher power on their side.

God must love the Philadelphia Flyers, because Jesus is wearing a Flyers jersey these days. (katchop)

The Philadelphia Flyers have had some divine intervention lately (katchop)

From philly.com

This can’t be happening, but it is.

“This is like a storybook,” said Ed Snider, the man who brought hockey to Philadelphia. “How can you go down, 3-0, in their barn and come back and beat them, 4-3? How can you come back from 0-3 in games and beat them 4-3? These guys are unbelievable. They just won’t quit. They’re incredible.”

It happened because Simon Gagne chose team over caution, returning for Game 4 despite a surgically repaired toe. All Gagne did was score the overtime game-winner to avert a sweep in Game 4, net a pair of goals in Game 5, and then fire the series-winner past Boston’s Tuukka Rask in Game 7.

Original Photo sathyasaibaba

Roberto Luongo Under Fire

May 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Robert Luongo has been facing criticism since the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo retrieves a Frisbee from his net after a fan threw it from the stands and Luongo, thinking it puck, was unable to stop it. (katchop)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo retrieves a Frisbee from his net after a fan threw it from the stands and Luongo, mistaking it for a puck, was unable to stop it. (katchop)

From The Toronto Sun

The $7 million netminder with the fail whale on his chest offered a stink-in-rink performance.

Yet he begins to collect a $3 million raise next fall from a franchise that has failed to deliver its fans a Stanley Cup after 39 seasons.

Luongo had the tenacity to say “improvement was made” because he allowed two fewer goals in the Canucks’ 2010 elimination game compared with exactly a year earlier.

Such an insult to the thousands of fans who spend millions of dollars on Canucks’ tickets and trinkets or watch on TV because they can afford neither!

Luongo has the rest of spring, all of summer and some of fall to think about it before he gets a chance for redemption. Until then, he remains another name in the long list of Canucks’ goaltenders who failed to backstop the team into the conference finals, including Felix Potvin, Kevin Weekes and Dan Cloutier.

Original Photo benchedwhale.com

Alternate Logo: Pittsburgh Penguins

May 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs by Cinderella, fueling rumors that they will use an alternate logo featuring a choking penguin next year (katchop)

The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs by Cinderella, fueling rumors that they will use an alternate logo featuring a choking penguin next year (katchop)

From The Montreal Gazette

The Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday night — moving the Canadiens into the conference final for the first time since 1993, last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup.

The Canadiens will meet the winner of the semifinal between Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. The Bruins lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 on Wednesday night.

The Canadiens ran up a 4-0 lead and then relied on goaltender Jaroslav Halak to weather a furious comeback by the Penguins.

The Canadiens shocked the standing-room-only crowd of 17,132 at Mellon Arena by taking a 1-0 lead after only 32 seconds. Canadiens forward Brian Gionta scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on a power play when he deflected a backhand shot by rookie defenceman P.K. Subban. Gionta added an insurance goal on a power play in the third period.

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San Jose Sharks Don’t Choke

May 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The San Jose Sharks have made it back to the NHL’s Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2004.

Please excuse the San Jose Sharks for their goofy display after advancing to the Western Conference Finals, as they have not had much experience with playoff celebrations (katchop)

Please excuse the San Jose Sharks for their goofy display after advancing to the Western Conference Finals, because they really have not had much experience with playoff celebrations (katchop)

From NHL.com

Maybe now star forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau can go about their business in relative peace without hearing or reading about their inability to come up big when the games are the most important.

Maybe.

“Who knows, who knows,” Thornton said. “We want to win the next series – we will win the next series, hopefully — and then I think everybody will be kind of quiet. But for now it’s a nice feeling.”

Thornton and Marleau, who took some heat even after the Sharks defeated the Colorado Avalanche in the opening round of this year’s playoffs, came through in the clutch and played instrumental roles in San Jose’s five-game triumph over the Detroit Red Wings in the second round to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since facing the Calgary Flames in 2004.

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Alternate Logo: Florida Panthers

May 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Florida Panthers had a rough season.

The Florida Panthers have promised changes for the 2010-2011 season, but sadly they will not be incorporating Hello Kitty into their logo (katchop)

The Florida Panthers have promised changes for the 2010-2011 season, but sadly they will not be incorporating Hello Kitty into their logo (katchop)

From The Miami Herald

Said DeBoer: “Everyone is disappointed and no one is shirking responsibility or hiding or pointing fingers. I think the collective message is we can all do more so we’re not in this spot again.”

In February, team management announced that major changes were coming to the roster. The future for Sexton, who is working on a one-year deal, is up in the air. The team’s owners say there will be discussions on his future. On Monday, Sexton said he was moving forward and expects to be a part of the team’s rebuilding.

Sexton and DeBoer will meet soon to talk about Florida’s coaching staff — DeBoer is under contract for next season, but his assistants have expiring contracts — as well as to talk about players they want back.

Washington Capitals Look For Answers

May 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals are trying to sort out where it all went wrong.

Despite faulty internet rumors, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will not be changing his last name to Ovchoken (katchop)

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will not be changing his last name to Ovchoken (katchop)

From The Washington Post

On Friday, the Caps circled the wagons and wisely chose to defend their core players and their coaches against the slightest hint of lost confidence, interpreting the defeat in a way that allows them, and their fans, to go forward with the least damage.

“Everybody has to take their full share of responsibility. But I can’t allow five or six days to skew how I see the whole team,” General Manager George McPhee said. “We have good coaches. They are going to be here a long time. That is not part of the evaluation.

“We really liked our team and still do,” McPhee added. “These young star players got us to where we are.” So, don’t expect many, if any, of the biggest names to go anywhere.

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Alternate Logo: Washington Capitals

April 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens.

Immediately after they were eliminated from the 2010 NHL Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, the Washington Capitals announced plans to use a new logo for next season (katchop)

Immediately after they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, the Washington Capitals announced plans to use a new logo for next season (katchop)

From The Toronto Sun

The Habs made history, becoming the first eighth-seed to climb out of a 3-1 hole to upset the top-ranked team since this format started in 1994.

It is just the second time in the Habs century-long history they have climbed out of a 3-1 series hole, the first time in 2004 against the Boston Bruins.

Now the Canadiens will take on Sidney Crosby and the fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, their series starting Friday night in the Steel City at 7 p.m. Game 2 would be Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Game 3 in Montreal Tuesday and Game 4 Thursday.

For the Caps, it marked the third time in four-straight tries they have lost a Game 7 and now they will face serious questions about the makeup and direction of their team.

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Washington Capitals Under Fire For Steroids

April 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

David Epstein of Sports Illustrated is questioning the NHL’s ‘thorough investigation’ of the recent Washington Capitals steroid accusations.

The Washington Capitals and the NHL both say that no players on the Caps have any connection to steroids, but Sports Illustrated isn't buying it (katchop)

The Washington Capitals and the NHL both say that no players on the Caps have any connection to steroids, but Sports Illustrated isn't buying it (katchop)

From Sports Illustrated

On the day of Nagel’s arrest NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly issued a statement: “Based on the investigation we have done and the information we have, there is no evidence that Dr. Nagel ever supplied (or even offered to supply) performance enhancing drugs to any current or past member of the Washington Capitals.” The Capitals issued a statement as well: “This has been a thorough investigation, and we are satisfied that law enforcement, the NHL and our own internal investigation have not led to any link of steroid use by Capitals players.”

However, according to an April 7 e-mail from Ian Floyd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Tactical Drug Unit to Judd (his boss), there are serious questions about the investigations conducted by the NHL and the Capitals. “I called and spoke with [NHL executive vice president of security] Dennis Cunningham today in reference to the official statements made by the Washington Capitals and NHL regarding the ‘thorough investigation,’” reads the e-mail, which Judd allowed SI to review. “Mr. Cunningham admitted that contrary to the below issued statements, no investigation was ever conducted into Dr. Nagel and his ties to steroids and Capitals players by anyone with the NHL.”

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Toronto Maple Leafs Look For Fixes

April 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a bad 2009-2010 NHL season and do not own their 1st round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (katchop

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a bad 2009-2010 NHL season and do not own their 1st round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (katchop)

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In his season-ending analysis of 2009-10, Burke didn’t waste too much time looking back. Rather, it’s eyes front on what figures to be a busy summer.

“I’m not interested … in a five-year rebuild like some of these teams have done,” Burke said. “Maybe because of my age, maybe just because I know it doesn’t have to be five years because it wasn’t in Anaheim.

“I like the group that finished the year, I think just on internal improvement we will be better. I think we will be good enough with this group and a couple additions to say in training camp that the playoffs are a reasonable goal.”

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Alex Ovechkin Invisible Against Habs

April 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was held without a shot on goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals looked invisible during game 1 of the Caps' playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens (katchop)

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals looked invisible during game 1 of the Caps' playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens (katchop)

I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

That may be true. But the Canadiens also deserve credit. In fact, they’ve held Ovechkin without a goal four times in five games this season and without a point on three occasions.

Ovechkin saw all three Canadiens defensive pairs early and was matched up a lot against Jaroslav Spacek in the third period. It wasn’t just Spacek, though. It was the combination of Montreal’s veteran defensemen getting in Ovechkin’s face and the Habs’ forwards diligently applying pressure from back side. The end result? Ovechkin had nowhere to go with the puck.

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Edmonton Oilers Start Rebuild

April 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

For a guy who won the 1st overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft, GM Steve Tambellini of the Edmonton Oilers sure seems mad.

The Edmonton Oilers have the 1st pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and are hoping to use it to change their losing ways (katchop)

The Edmonton Oilers have the 1st pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and are hoping to use it to change their losing ways (katchop)

He’s had it with prima donnas who don’t want to come here, or prima donnas who don’t want to stay. He wants to flash back to the days when Oilers left Edmonton with tears in their eyes, not springs in their step.

In his end of the season address, Tambellini said the Oilers, from now on, will shift their focus to drafting and developing their own talent, creating a generation of players who want to be Oilers.

“My job is to get rid of those other guys,” he said, adding he’ll try and move Sheldon Souray at or before the NHL entry draft in June. “That culture has got to go. I’m sick and tired of having to hear people complain about the city, the organization, I don’t like the coach, I don’t like the manager, I don’t like the city, too cold. This is the risk you run sometimes when someone has success in another market (and comes here).

“If you can’t develop your own core of expectations of what an Oiler truly is, and build respect for the logo and the city, then you’re always going to be spinning your wheels.”

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NHL’s Eastern Conference Playoff Push

April 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Eastern Conference of the NHL is a mess, with 5 teams fighting  for the last 3 playoff spots.

Sean Avery of the New York Rangers discusses poetry and wine tasting with Josh Georges of the Montreal Canadians (katchop)

Sean Avery of the New York Rangers discusses poetry and wine tasting with Josh Georges of the Montreal Canadiens (katchop)

The Rangers return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday against the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs, then finish up home and away against Philadelphia, which is only 4 points ahead of them in the standings.

Atlanta’s final five games are against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Devils. Given such a difficult schedule, it will be difficult for the Thrashers to move up.

Boston’s final six games include two against the league-leading Capitals.

The Rangers also have two other teams in their sights, Philadelphia and Montreal, both of which had the same number of points as the Bruins.

But both Philadelphia and Montreal are hobbled by injuries. The Flyers have lost three goalies and are reluctantly down to the inconsistent veteran Brian Boucher.

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Marc Savard Calls Matt Cooke Dirty

March 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Injured Boston Bruins center Marc Savard says the hit that Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him was dirty.

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a history of questionable hits, such as this ugly incident in which Cooke injured a Dallas Stars Ice Girl just so he could be the one to collect the hats after a Sidney Crosby hat trick (katchop)

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a history of questionable hits, such as this ugly incident in which Cooke injured a Dallas Stars Ice Girl with an elbow to the head, just so he could be the one to collect the hats for Sidney Crosby after a hat trick (katchop)

To me, it was a shoulder and I watched the (Mike) Richards on (David) Booth hit,” Savard said before the Bruins faced the Calgary Flames. “I think that was a shoulder. … I think mine was more of an elbow, so I think there was an attempt to injure there.”

The hit was not penalized on the ice or upon review by the league. NHL vice president Colin Campbell decided Cooke used his shoulder, not his elbow.

“I was, obviously, very unhappy with what happened and I think it could have been avoided very easily,” Savard said.

Original Photos Faceoff.com, Life

Washington Capitals Talk Steroids

March 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Several members of the Washington Capitals have been interviewed as part of a steroid investigation.

Several members of the Washington Capitals were interviewed by authorities after their chiropractor was arrested for receiving shipments of steroids (katchop)

Several members of the Washington Capitals were interviewed by authorities after their chiropractor was arrested for receiving shipments of steroids (katchop)

Douglas O. Nagel, 50, of Reston, was arrested Tuesday morning in Virginia and charged by Florida authorities with seven counts of soliciting to deliver a controlled substance, specifically steroids.

The Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office alleges that Nagel received regular shipments of steroids, including testosterone and nandrolone, from Richard Andrew Thomas of Lakeland, Fla. Thomas has since pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing steroids with intent to sell. He awaits sentencing.

According to an affidavit, Thomas told police that Nagel boasted about supplying steroids to members of the Capitals and Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.

Original Photo SBNation

New York Rangers Captain Angry

March 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Chris Drury criticized his New York Ranger teammates after a loss to the Montreal Canadians, calling his teammates immature.

Brandon Dubinski of the New York Rangers attempts to regain control of his rocking horse and avoid a collision with Montreal Canadians' goalie Jaroslav Halak (katchop)

Brandon Dubinski of the New York Rangers attempts to regain control of his rocking horse and avoid a collision with Montreal Canadians' goalie Jaroslav Halak (katchop)

Their 3-1 Garden loss to the Montreal Canadiens pushes them three points back of Boston at the playoff cut line, following the Bruins’ victory Tuesday night in Raleigh.

And it all had their mild-mannered captain thoroughly steamed afterward and telling his team it had better “grow up” or go home.

“It’s immaturity,” Chris Drury told the Daily News, speaking of why his Rangers tend to lose ground almost as soon as they’ve gained it. “That’s what it’s been all year. Simple answer.”

The remedy? “Grow up fast or you’re gonna be watching a lot of playoff hockey in 12 or 13 games, or whatever the hell we have left.”

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Is Alex Ovechkin Evil?

March 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL suspended Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for 2 games.

Some people think that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is Satan (katchop)

Some people think that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is Satan (katchop)

With the league still reverberating from Matt Cooke’s completely unpunished cheap shot on Marc Savard, you now have a plainly illegal yet clearly less dastardly hockey crime dealt a game misconduct and two-game ban.

Another Cooke-like rat, Tampa’s Steve Downie, tried to put a figure-four leglock on Sidney Crosby on the same day Ovechkin hit Campbell, and walked away scot-free. In another game, Islander tough guy Matt Martin drilled Dion Phaneuf face-first into the ledge along the boards from behind with no puck in sight after he and his teammates had vowed to get even with Phaneuf for an incident earlier in the season. Martin’s punishment? A two-minute penalty.

But they got Ovechkin, a guy who stands up for himself and requires no goon for backup.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

Atlanta Thrashers Recall Chris Chelios

March 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

48 year old Chris Chelios was recalled by the Atlanta Thrashers from their minor league club, making him the second oldest player in NHL history.

Chris Chelios became the second oldest player in NHL history when the Atlanta Thrashers recalled the 48 year old defenseman (katchop)

Chris Chelios became the second oldest player in NHL history when the Atlanta Thrashers recalled the 48 year old defenseman (katchop)

I don’t know,” Chelios said when asked why he keeps playing. “Our teams, Detroit especially the last 10 years, we had a lot of success. Not being able to crack that lineup, there were a lot of other teams I thought I could help. And then things have gone very well in [AHL] Chicago with the Wolves.

“I’m just lucky to have an opportunity and I want to make the best of it. Obviously the goal here is to make the playoffs and hopefully I can help them.”

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Milan Lucic Debates Colton Orr

March 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, and Milan Lucic played patty-cakes with Colton Orr.

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice after an accident in which he repeatedly ran into the fist of the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr. (katchop)

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice after an accident in which he repeatedly ran into the fists of the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr. (katchop)

The Bruins are showing they’ve got fight left in them. Milan Lucic dropped ‘em in a prolonged bout with Toronto enforcer Colton Orr and there was a second fight on the ensuing faceoff between Shawn Thornton and Wayne Primeau. Looch got a few shots in, but wanted no part of Orr by the end of his particular brawl. That’s a good sign for Boston’s fortunes against a not-ready-for-prime-time Leafs team tonight.

Lucic looked stunned in the middle of that fight with Orr, and was backing away from him by the end of the brawl. You have to wonder if he might have hurt himself when he skated straight to the dressing room after the fight. It could be something, or it could be nothing. We’ll have to see in the second period, but he looked like he was waiting for the refs to break it up by the end of the brawl.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

NY Rangers Surviving Without Marian Gaborik

March 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf, NHL

The New York Rangers may have been without Marian Gaborik lately, but to the surprise of many they’ve actually been able to win.

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The New York Rangers are surprising everyone, including themselves, by being able to win some games without Marian Gaborik (katchop)

The Rangers, tied with Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, may not have Gaborik as they seek a fourth consecutive win.

The right wing, who leads the team with 35 goals and 69 points, has missed three of four games due to a cut on his right knee suffered in a collision with teammate Henrik Lundqvist last month.

Gaborik, however, played through the injury during the Olympics and had four goals and one assist in seven games for Slovakia.

New York was able to overcome his absence Tuesday, getting two goals from Ryan Callahan in a 4-1 win over Ottawa. The right wing credited his third multi-goal game of the season to having played for the United States in the Olympics.

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Canada Sweeps Hockey Gold, Crosby A Hero

March 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Canada defeated the US 3-2 at the Winter Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal on a Sidney Crosby overtime goal.

Sidney Crosby and his gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game announcement and celebration that made him a hero to gay and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Sidney Crosby's gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game admission that made him a hero to gays and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Every kid dreams of that opportunity,” Crosby said. “It could have been any other guy in that room. Obviously, being in Canada, that’s an opportunity of a lifetime, to play in the Olympics and try and win a gold medal. You dream of that moment 1,000 times growing up. For it to come true is pretty amazing.

“We didn’t want to have any regrets and that’s the way I wanted to go out.”

It was an incredible end to a game that saw Canada lead 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews — a revelation for Canada — and Corey Perry. The relentless Americans, the youngest team in the tournament, battled back to send it into overtime with just 24.4 seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise banging in a rebound behind Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo.

In the overtime, Canada dominated in the four-on-four play and it ended when Team Canada veteran Jarome Iginla passed the puck from the corner to Miller’s right to Crosby.

“I just tried to throw it at the net, I wasn’t really aiming for anything,” Crosby said. “I didn’t see it go in. I just heard everybody screaming.”

Original Photos Yahoo, thebeijinger

Canada Mourns

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

The US defeated Canada last night in men’s hockey, and even though it was only a preliminary round game, many Canadians are taking it hard.

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Canada could use a drink right about now.

What has already been a disappointing Olympics for Canada took perhaps its worst turn yet at Canada Hockey Place as the gold medal favorites, the team shouldering the hopes of a nation, lost to their hockey-indifferent neighbors to the south.

Hockey is king here. It trumps everything else going on at these Winter Games, which is why, a week before the gold medal will be decided, a preliminary game between the U.S. and Canada is the biggest event of these Olympics so far to many Canadians.

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Philadelphia Flyers Pondering Moves

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Paul Holmgren, the Philadelphia Flyers GM, is contemplating making changes to the Flyer’s roster.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren calls "a natural fit for our locker room" (katchop)

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren feels "would be a natural fit in our locker room" (katchop)

Everyone seems to be paying attention to the Winter Olympics, but one man in South Jersey might have other things on his mind. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has just 10 days to make a big decision: Does he stay with what he has in the goaltending position or try to make a deal by the March 3 NHL trade deadline?

It won’t be an easy verdict.

For one thing, he put a lot of faith in the signing of free agent Ray Emery this season and so far it hasn’t really worked out. Emery already sat out a month after abdominal surgery and now he’s in the middle of another month off for a left hip injury which will eventually need surgery, sooner or later.

Giving up on Emery would be admitting the signing was kind of a mistake in the first place.

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