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In one of the most epic goaltending performances I’ve ever seen, my ridiculously stacked rec league team generated 70 shots in three 15 minute periods, and scored six times. So kudos to that guy (and keep in mind, “rec league shots” tend to contain an unhealthy dose of breakaways).
A few thoughts from that game, before I move on to the NHL:
- When I decided to pack it in, and hadn’t really played since December, I wondered how long it’d be until I “lost it”, as in, being good. Well, what was the date yesterday? October 14th? So for those of you playing professionally right now, the answer is that it takes somewhere around ten months for the stick to stop feeling like an extension of your hands. Trying to stickhandle last night felt like the puck was a “reaction ball” made of some magnet’s north pole, and I was using a Bauer South Poll Xtreme, Modano curve.
- My rec team had caught a glimpse of my last post. Had the joke not been somewhat exposed in the locker room pre-game, it would have been hilarious that they came out calling for passes in strictly stick taps (commentor “PVeltkamp”: we’re in a small, albeit slightly fake fight – I talked to lots of people about the stick tap. If it doesn’t work, you look like a douche. If it does, you look like a douche, but you have the puck. A general rule to live life by has to be “avoid looking douchey”, doesn’t it?)
- Best two goalie related comments I’ve heard in awhile:
*In regards to a goalie who went down in a pad stack, and didn’t feel like getting up to face the rebound shots, a player referred to this elusive, rarely seen in the wild technique as “look, he’s doing the couch potato!” Just lying on his side, watching TV… with huge gear on.
* In regards to the goalie who so thoroughly dominated my rec league team calling for a timeout to fix his pad, our goalie skated over to the bench, looked over at the other goalie reaching behind himself to do repairs and said “Whassa matter, horseshoe fall outta his ass?”
Annnndddd (more than) enough rec league talk. Onto the NHL.
- I wouldn’t buy Jonas Hiller’s helmet at a second-hand shop (where I assume he found it) for a nickel. I’m willing to bet someone made $900 on that paint job. “OH GODIspilledallthepaint! Fuck it. I don’t have time to start over again”
- I had a reader send me this ebay widget (which he should give me large portions of money for directing traffic to if he sells stuff), and I actually thought it was pretty cool. It ranks the teams in the NHL by conference/division etc. based on how much of their gear sells on ebay. I was surprised at a few of the results (for example, Buffalo sells more gear than Toronto? What planet am I on?). Worth a gander if you’re literally just looking for ways to kill internet time – http://www.terapeak.com/nhl
- I know some reader is going to come back with the exact rule book answer for this comment, which is why I’m writing it. The “intent to blow the whistle” call kills me. It cost me goals as a player, then wasn’t called in the NHL last night.
Basically, when a puck is loose, and you’re trying to put it in, even if you dig it out and score before the whistle, the ref can (and often will) say he had “intent to blow the whistle” before the puck went in. So, the real whistle you hear is just the slightly later, audible version of the whistle that actually counts, the one inside the referee’s head.
Last night, the Rangers jammed around the Kings net, and as the ref clearly goes to blow the whistle, Prospal gets lucky and angle-banks one off Quick’s pad for a goal. They wave it off, then after review, come back to say “the puck went in before the whistle, goal”. Well WTF’s the rule then??
- Speaking of the Rangers, they look sick. If they have a good week, they could be in my top three for USA Today’s Power Ranking next week. Lord knows I need to stop blowing the Caps if they don’t feel like winning games/trading for a goalie.
- Coyotes sent Boedker down? And Turris is already there? I’m unfamiliar with the lineup here, but starting to get to know it better. So what’s goin on here?