Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 NHL Entry Draft Drinking Game

It's the long weekend and time to watch this little thing called the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in between tossing back beers at the cottage on the dock. It's good way to have some fun and drown your sorrows when your team makes a pick you disagree with, just don't be an idiot and go too hard to the point where you're puking like these kids after the Wingate test at the NHL Combine.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Stanley Cup Final Injury Parade

Following the first round we looked at some of the injuries that were revealed following elimination from the playoffs and they didn't disappoint. Now after two months of battle and the Stanley Cup handed out there is nothing for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks to hide on the injury front so let's take a look at what these warriors were playing through.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Players Behaving Badly: Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Pub Crawl Edition

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday and the party hasn't stopped since. You know shit is going to get real when Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, announces to Chicago bar owners to stay open because they're on their way home from Boston. From the looks and sounds of it, the Hawks visited just about every drinking establishment in Chicago and most of their partying with Stanley was captured on camera for us to discuss.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Somewhere There's A Village Where The Bruins Are 2013 Stanley Cup Champions

Every year there's two sets of Stanley Cup champions gear made up and unfortunately one of those sets becomes "loser" gear. For 2013, it will be the Boston Bruins who are Stanley Cup champions in developing nations across the world as those t-shirts and hats are donated to those in need. Here's a fun song from CBC Radio's The Irrelevant Show that shows that Canada's Stanley Cup drought doesn't date back to 1993 in some parts of the world:

Comparing Collapses

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks went from preparing for a Game 7 to winning the Stanley Cup in a matter of seconds, 17 to be exact. It was a late 3rd period collapse by the Boston Bruins that shocked the hockey world as not only did Chicago tie it up with 1:16 left in the game, but they scored the go-ahead goal with just 59 seconds remaining on the clock. It was a collapse you rarely see in the Stanley Cup Final, and immediately brought back (painful) memories of Boston's miracle 3rd period comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. It was almost poetic justice that Boston lost the Stanley Cup that way after their Game 7 win against Toronto and with that in mind let's compare the two collapses.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Canucks Log Jam In Goal

Our buddy Ben who is living out in B.C these days chasing West Coast tail sent this our way.
The Vancouver Canucks have continued to complicate there goaltending matters. With goalies Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider splitting the starts in the lockout shortened season and Eddie Lack entering a one-way NHL deal in the 2013-2014 season, the Canucks went out and signed top European free agent goaltender Joacim Eriksson.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Why Is Jonathan Toews Getting a Free Pass?

20 games. 1 goal and 9 points is Jonathan Toews' stat line in the 2013 playoffs so far. Not the kind of production you would expect from a guy who scored 23 goals and 48 points in 47 games during the shortened regular season. Toews' goal scoring slump is not for a lack of trying as he has taken 63 shots these playoffs, but he just hasn't been able to get into any sort of groove and start scoring consistently.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hart Memorial Trophy Vs. Ted Lindsay Award

As the "NHL Awards" came to a close this weekend there was some debate over who took home the biggie on Saturday night: the Hart Memorial Trophy. In the end, it was Alex Ovechkin who took home the Hart and Sidney Crosby walked away with the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award). The Hart votes by the PHWA were close with Ovechkin edging Crosby by a mere 32 votes and it was the closest ballot since 2002 (something you could have expected in a shortened season). Both trophies honour excellence, but are voted on by two very different parties which make each one special in their own way.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What To Expect From The Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup Final kicks off in a few days and hockey writers and media outlets are busy coming up with bold predictions and searching for intriguing storylines they can use to promote the Final even more (as if it not being the Stanley Cup Final is enough). From coaching matchups to how the special teams match up, literally every area of the game will be evaluated to see who has the edge.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Marc-Andre Fleury: A Broken Goalie

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been swept out of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Bruins and many questions will surround the team this offseason as a result of their disappointing playoff finish. Will Dan Bylsma be back to coach the Penguins next season? Will Jarome Iginla return? What has happened to Marc-Andre Fleury and what do they do with him?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wax Stain Rookie: Bobby Clarke

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
Been far too long since we've had a Wax Stain Wednesday so with a little free time and some recent mail, it is time to get this weekly post back off the bench and onto the ice. I have more cups of coffee and TTM autos to share so let’s get started.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and The Mike Ricci From Round 2

Another round has passed and the Conference Finals are set with the last four Stanley Cup Champions ready to battle it out. Round 2 saw the Eastern Conference get wrapped up pretty quickly with Boston and Pittsburgh finishing their series' in 5 games, while the Western Conference slugged it out with two game sevens. There were lots of studs from Round 2 who lit it up, but just as many duds who didn't show up to help their teams out.

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