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Keith, Eager, Byfuglien… And Sand

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Hey!  I’m back.

Thanks for your patience over the ten-days-or-so I was filling in over at Puck Daddy during Greg Wyshynski’s absence.  ‘Ol jtbourne.com was a little neglected, I know.

I do have some good news to start the day – my ten day gig was apparently good enough that they’d like to keep me around in some capacity, so I’ll be doing a daily post for them until they figure out what to do with me (I’ve got the post-game wrap-up again today).  ….So I’ve got that goin’ for me.

But let’s get to the major stories from the weekend.  I keep wanting to say “after the jump”, but I still can’t shake the feeling that there’s something douchey about it.  Sooo…. more info after that string of asterisks.

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DUNCAN TEITH

Here’s the story of Duncan Keith playing through the loss of SEVEN TEETH (including one that got LODGED IN THE BACK OF HIS THROAT that he had to cough up) at 12:30 of the second period, and how he came back a few minutes later and assisted on the game tying goal. 

Now he can get in deep-dish pizza just by smiling.

In a post-game interview with Scott Oake he said “my teeth weren’t that great to begin with, so hoepfully I can get some better ones”.  How positive is that?  Did he get novacane or morphine in those dental needles?  I broke half my front tooth during a game at 18 and was ready to quit the sport entirely.

I loved the casual nature of the play-by-play guy at the time too, especially during the replay – “Keith gets hit in the face and you can see his mouthpiece and teeth go flying, BUT LOOK AT MARLEAU!  Streaking to get up ice to join the rush….”

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Won't be penalized 'til someone gets hurt.

BEN EAGER

The guy continually runs out of position trying to line-up big hits, and along the way, puts himself in position for a charging penalty.  But until he’s punished (a goal by his guy, or a penalty from the refs), why stop?  It’s the way he’s most effective, and since they’re not calling it…. You almost can’t blame him for running around.

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DUSTIN BYFUAHHWHATEVER

He’s really done something special here.

No seriously, that's him with Twista. WTF?

I mean, I want to make fun of him – that’s why I have a blog after all: to be cruel to as many people as possible without any repercussions.  Whether I’ve been referencing his apparently mid-prostate exam team picture, his infuriatingly lame nickname, he’s been an easy target.

But if you score three of four game winners in a Conference Finals, you’ve earned yourself a healthy reprieve from the abuse.  Often, game-winners come when you score the fourth goal to make it 4-1, then the other team gets a couple and makes it a 4-3 final.  Not Byfuglien’s.  He was burying those in pressure situations.

I’m actually really impressed with his skating (and of course, his shot), to go with all his other attributes (being gi-mammoth).  There aren’t too many guys that have the body and skills to do what he does, and think how important having that net-presence beast has been to cup teams like Detroit (Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom) and Pittsburgh (Jordan Staal).

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SAND DEBACLE

The sand outside the Flyers dressing room that caused so many skate problems during game four in Montreal was no accident.  On the other hand, it also wasn’t a hired evil henchman intentionally spilling some substance in the middle of the night while wearing a balaclava.

The return of these two makes the finals more interesting.

Whoever is on the crew in charge of clean-up is obviously going to be a Habs fan.  And sometimes they just do an intentionally lazy job.  So it is a little on-purpose and evil, but in general, the road dressing room gets a shoddy sweep job, and tends to be a little beachy (because, y’know, eff the visiting team).  

I’m lazy, so the most I ever did was keep my eyes peeled to avoid stepping on something obvious, but some guys bring mats or wear those soft skate guards until it’s time to hit the ice. 

In typical Bournian pound-of-cure fashion, I’d just rather have the trainer re-buzz my skates than worry about everything all the time.  Apparently Mike Richards felt the same way – he had his skates re-done three times during that game.

(NOTE: Information on how you should be getting your skates sharpened in a second post today.)

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RANDOM PERSONAL FACT

My fiancee and I just discovered that the girl who lives in the apartment above us is Miss Arizona USA and was a Phoenix Suns cheerleader for four years.  That is all.

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I’ll be around all day – let me know if there’s a topic I need to discuss.  I literally made this blog so long I cut the skate sharpening stuff out to run as a second post, soo…. that’ll be up ASAP!

{UPDATE: Crap!  I forgot to mention – today’s the 30th anniversary of the Islanders first cup win.  Congrats to my Dad(s) and the good people of Long Island who are pretty close to paying off the happy debt they built with these years of hockey misery.}

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17 Responses to “Keith, Eager, Byfuglien… And Sand”
  1. Dave says:

    What would Chicago sports be without our cast of characters we bring out and show off to everyone during the big games!!!

  2. Steve C. says:

    HA HA….the “Sponsored Links” block on the right is recommending a dentist in my area!

  3. Deirdre says:

    Can’t wait for your thoughts on the sharpening – everyone has different thoughts :-)

    Ok, I get being lazy in the visiting locker room – but where is the sand coming from? Seriously, what’s the nearest beach or playground? That’s gotta be some serious trecking. I vote for the skate guards, but having a sharpener-on-demand is kinda cool.

    Yeah. Love my Sharks. Sigh.

  4. jtbourne says:

    Bah, no beach! You know how it is, it’s why you have to sweep the kitchen. Everyone wears their shoes out to the bus, and in the hotels and airports, and then wears them in the dressing room. The grit just finds a way to accumulate!

  5. Jordan says:

    Justin,

    Congrats on the “job” over at Puck Daddy. You’ve been doing a great job over there and even if we long-time readers of your blog have felt a bit neglected, it’s been well worth it for you to get the greater attention you deserve. Just don’t go bringing those Puck Daddy commentariat riff-raff back with you ;)

    Keep up the great work!

  6. Goody says:

    No beach in MTL, but perhaps they use a bit of the gritty stuff on the roads and sidewalks in the winter?

  7. kitten fister says:

    Congrats on the neighbor!!!!!!! oh yeah the puck daddy gig is worth a cheers as well.

  8. Four to Five says:

    I bet the Flyers would put sand in the Habs dressing room…

    Congrats on the Puck Daddy gig, you are one of the best hockey bloggers around.

  9. jtbourne says:

    Four to Five – thanks for the comment man, but you’re wrong about one thing…. if the Habs went with subtle sand by the Flyers room, the Flyers will go with RABID HUNGRY PITBULLS roaming the Habs dressing room.

    “Oh, what? There’s a minor pest problem? We’ll get that taken care of before next game, thanks for the heads up.”

  10. nbarry6357 says:

    I lol’d at the “RABID HUNGRY PITBULLS” bit. I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time on THN.com, and just discovered this site of yours today. You’re an awesome hockey blogger man, thanks for keeping me entertained in school. Congrats on getting the Puck Daddy gig too.

    I’m probably not going anywhere with hockey, my knees are too messed up, even though I’m only 16 haha, and I’m more of an enforcer than anything. To be honest, I usually just hand my skates over to the pro shop at the local rink, and just ask for a sharpening. I’ve never bothered to ask for any specifics, and I’ve been fine.

  11. nbarry6357 says:

    I meant to post about my skates in the sharpening entry, my bad.

  12. Four to Five says:

    RABID HUNGRY PITBULLS ftw! lol

  13. TimmyHate says:

    dang it Justin…now I’m laughing at my desk and my manager is giving me a look. RABID HUNGRY PITBULLS!

  14. Travelchic59 says:

    I can’t really tell from the picture, but is Buff wearing a Mets hat?

  15. vek says:

    What bugs me about Byfuglien(sp?) is how on these playoff goals, most have been on absolutely unreal setup passes, and are essentially just tap ins. But what does he do? Instead of skating to the passer after the goal and celebrating with his team, he showboats along the glass for the fans. Gag.

  16. Vansteel says:

    Any way you look at it, something fishy was going on with the locker room. Been playing and watching hockey since I was 6, and, while sometimes you need to sharpen during the game, I have never seen so many guys need work so often in a game. It just doesn’t happen. There may be some random events, but there was too much going on there to be a coincedence.

  17. Oarboar says:

    Your Puck Daddy gig is great. Wysh brings plenty of snark, but I really enjoy your insider’s view, and the two make a good mix. I just bookmarked your site and will recommend it to my brother and his wife — their kid (and my nephew!) is hoping to make an NAHL expansion team this fall. (BTW, what’s up with that? I’m surprised at how many teams they’re adding, but if they’re all as well-run as Wenatchee apparently is, then hooray for them.)

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