Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Probably Not"

As a fan of the game I was pretty shocked to hear Daniel Alfredsson's comments after their last playoff game. Recently nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, Daniel Alfredsson has been a pretty solid leader in Ottawa for most of his career and is a pillar of the franchise. Ask Siri and she'll even say Alfie is God. But after last night's loss he much pretty much tossed up the white flag, booked his flight home to Sweden and surrendered to the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Glenn Healy Says The Darndest Things

Glenn Healy should really think before he speaks because he is starting to sound like a hockey analyst that is working some minor league game in the sunbelt. For a guy working a job on Hockey Night in Canada that most people dream about doing, Healy often appears to know nothing about the game. Healy has been the bad guy on Hockey Night the last few years being straight to the point and not being afraid to rip on the Maple Leafs or any team that is featured on Hockey Night in Canada for that matter. That's allowed, but his rips are often so unpopular and statistically proven wrong it's just getting embarrassing.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mikhail Grabovski Comes Clean About Bite

The bite did happen says Mikhail Grabovski. In an interview with Dmitry Chesnokov for Puck Daddy, Grabovski admits to biting Habs forward, Max Pacioretty. Here's the quote from the interview:
What about the incident with Max Pacioretty?
“The incident? It wasn’t that much. He was choking me and I bit him. Don’t stick your hands where you shouldn’t. To be honest with you he was choking me pretty hard, to the point where I really couldn’t breathe. And I couldn’t pull his hand away at all. I tried to hit him with my other hand, but I couldn’t because he was choking me. There was nothing left to do but bite him.”

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The NHL Playoffs Injury Parade

It's that fun time when NHL teams start to reveal what injuries their players had or suffered during the playoffs and we shake our heads in awe. We like to call this time of year the Playoffs Injury Parade as teams disclose injuries that were suspected about during series' or completely unknown about. These injuries are kept under a veil of secrecy during the playoffs as you can't give your opponent a sniff of weakness so it's always interesting when a team is eliminated and you get to see what players were playing through. There are only a few injuries that will keep a player from playing this time of year and if you don't have have some battlescars when you win than you're not doing it right.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Mike Ricci From Round 1

Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have come and gone so it's time to look at the good, the bad, and the Mike Ricci from the past two weeks. There was plenty going on with a record number of overtime games in the first round, three game sevens and only one sweep meaning you had no reason to complain about there not being enough hockey to watch. If you watched every night, you definitely noticed some players lighting it up, and probably didn't notice certain players as they turned into ghosts.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Who's Taking The Hart?

On Friday it was announced that the three nominees for the Hart Memorial Trophy were Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares. All three deserve the nominations, but only one can take it home. What's interesting this year is that all three have different season storylines that make them worthy of the MVP award. It past seasons it seems that the top scorers are simply chosen or a goalie who stood on their head, but this year with the a shortened season there is no clear front runner for the award.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mark Fraser Has A Hole In His Forehead

You've probably seen the video of Mark Fraser taking a Milan Lucic slapshot to the forehead and knew the severity of the play immediately. Hustled off the ice and on his way to hospital before the 3rd period even ended, Fraser's playoffs were clearly over after suffering a devastating injury. Well now we have this disturbing x-ray image of a fracture to his forehead. Yes, that's a fucking hole in his forehead.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Phil Kessel Wake Up Call

An ongoing joke I have with my brothers is that Phil Kessel doesn't get enough sleep. He always looks sleepy on the bench and it's probably only a matter of time before he gets the Paul Maurice bags under his eyes. Clearly this look doesn't affect his play as he still has the speed and scoring touch to finish 8th in league scoring this year. Well, a Boston radio station named WAAF thought he needed even less sleep so they sent a a host from the Hill-Man Morning Show with a bullhorn to heckle Phil Kessel outside the hotel where the Maple Leafs were staying:

The heckling was a retaliation for Toronto radio station host, Dean Blundell, attempting to send pizzas to the Boston Bruins hotel in the morning. Here's them talking about the prank at the 51:00 mark:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The last time the Maple Leafs were in the playoffs...

Last night was not only the 2nd Maple Leafs playoff game since 2004, but it was also the 9th anniversary of Jeremy Roenick's OT winner that started that drought. Nine years is a long fucking time so of course there were hundreds of "last time the Leafs made the playoffs" jokes going around this week. Those jokes were well deserved as a lot has happened in nine years. While watching the game last night with my bros we got to reminiscing about what life was like back in May 2004.
How was your life in 2004?
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