There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and long lines for the restroom (translated to Canadian it’s ‘washroom’) at intermission during a hockey game.
In Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers series against the Anaheim Ducks, female patrons found their wait for the restroom went from five to ten minutes to nearly half an hour.
Particularly bad batch of poutine circulating through concessions? Nope.
Rogers Place management decided to convert some women’s restrooms into men’s restrooms.
Turns out, the men folk don’t like waiting in lines when they’ve got to hit the head, so they complained. Rogers Place was happy to acquiesce … at the expense of the women in attendance.
Leave it to the uber creative fans in Nashville and a pregame sign to turn a really stupid comment by a talking head on TV into a way to support their player.
During pregame warmups in Nashville, the Predators fan above held the sign against the glass for Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and the rest of his teammates to see.
The sign is in reference to an
asinine comment made on Friday about Subban by NBC hockey “analyst” Mike Milbury.
As many players on any given team are want to do, Subban was shaking his groove thang during warmups. To Milbury, that is inexcusable. He went on to call Subban a ‘clown.’ As the topic continued, both Milbury and panelist Keith Jones agreed Subban’s behavior was ‘a concern’ for the Predators.
To which the collective hockey universe rolled their eyes backwards so hard everyone fell over.
Frankly, outside of washed up crusty old NHL’ers who haven’t played in twenty years, Subban’s personality is refreshing. As that sign shows, Predators fans have embraced Subban and welcome his non-cookie cutter mold.
Milbury’s comments was met with anger from fans, but at the same time, increasing frustration.
If anyone wondered how short Glen Gulutzan’s leash on Brian Elliott would be in Game 4, you didn’t have to wait very long to find out.
Just over five and a half minutes into the first period, Patrick Eaves scored from a really weird angle to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Without wasting a second, Gulutzan pulled Elliott and replaced him with backup Chad Johnson.
Like the captain of the Titanic, we should have seen this iceberg coming.
The NHL’s decision to opt-out of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was a story being written before the players even took their skates off in Sochi.
Here’s how it all played out through the media from 2014 to Monday’s fateful announcement.
• Feb. 6, 2014: Our story starts with the late Philadelphia Flyers owner, Ed Snyder, and his disapproval of Claude Giroux being left off the Canadian Olympic team.
A decision which left Snyder apoplectic, “Well it’s a farce. He’s one of the best players in the league. It’s ridiculous. He’s better than half the guys on that team.”
Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson fell victim to invisible snipers in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
Joel Edmundson had just been whistled for tripping Filip Forsberg, who is seen in the picture below laying on his tummy. During the stoppage, Arvidsson crosses paths with David Perron. Perron gives Arvidsson a little slap on the ribs.
It’s at that moment the invisible snipers attack.
File this away under ‘things you don’t see every day.’
Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart dressed for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
After the anthems, the teams took their seats on the bench as usual, and that’s where Reinhart stayed for the entire sixty minutes of the game.
Look at his stat-line from the score sheet:
In his post-game media scrum, head coach Dan Bylsma commented on Reinhart.
BREAKING NEWS! Connor McDavid is human. He is capable of making a mistake.
Friday night in Edmonton, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin enters the offensive zone and takes a slap shot on Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot. The puck hits Talbot and dribbles off the netminder towards the open net.
McDavid makes the initial kick-save…
… but the puck goes right into the leg pad of Talbot as he’s turning around. It ricochets quickly and just nearly misses McDavid’s skate before heading into the net.
The goal is credited as unassisted to Malkin for his 32nd of the year.
You can put The Chosen One in Edmonton, but sometimes you can’t wash the Oil off The Chosen One.
As the great philosopher Harry Dunne once said:
Poor Blake Comeau. He just became the physical embodiment of the Colorado Avalanche’s 2016-17 season.
The Avs forward gets in behind the Winnipeg Jets defense and is off on a breakaway. Right when he reaches the hashmarks he takes a sho…NOPE!
Just like Joe Sakic at the trade, he does the exact opposite of what everyone was expecting him to do.
Comeau decides to get fancy and pass to Nathan MacKinnon. Only problem, MacKinnon is about 10 feet behind him and Patrik Laine is even closer.
Laine picks off the puck and is off down the ice. Lucky for the Avalanche, Laine does not score his second goal of the game on the play.
It was a bad night for the Avs all together. The Jets thumped them to a tune of 6-1. The game included a two goals in sixteen seconds flurry by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.
Josh Manson is a good, young defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks. Jaromir Jagr is a great, old forward for the Florida Panthers.
Put them head to head in a small space, who do you think is going to come out on top?
Jagr. Every. Single. Time.
John Gibson sets the puck up for Manson behind the Ducks net. The defenseman starts to exit the trapezoid from one side of while Jagr casually coasts in on the other.
Manson gets, maybe, half a stride before – BLAM – like a cobra, Jagr strikes. He steals the puck from Manson then starts with the fancy stick work in front of Gibson.
Gibson kind of looked the players from Russia when Russ Tyler unleashed knucklepuck for the first time.
Once Jagr has Gibson completely hypnotized, he beats the Ducks netminder for the 760th goal of his NHL career and gives the Panthers the 2-1 lead. He is the third player in NHL history to score a goal after turning 45-years-old.
Manson should consider it a badge of honor. Jagr has made many, many defensemen look silly in his long career. It was just a matter of time.
In the first period of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers the two teams combined for five goals.
It looked like if Roberto Luongo was going to earn his 450th career win he might need a little luck on his side.
And for being such a good soldier, the hockey gods smiled down upon Bobby Lu and gave him a meltdown by the Sens.
By the end of the second, the Panthers erased a 4-2 deficit to tie the game.