Posts tagged Feats of Strength

Corey Perry caps off Ducks record-setting comeback with double OT goal (Video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — No doubt about it: Corey Perry had a horrible regular season (by Corey Perry standards) and was off to a relatively lackluster start in the playoffs.

He was as invisible as the flesh colored beard on his face.

The one-time 50 goal scorer has two goals in the playoffs (7 points all together). Yes, that doesn’t seem like much, but considering the magnitude of the goals, they’re kind of a big deal.

The first was scored in overtime against the Calgary Flames when the Ducks overcame a three goal deficit to win in overtime.

The second came after the Ducks record setting three goals in 3:01 to tie the game. Pushed into double-overtime, Perry netted the game winner.

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Guentzel’s hat trick puts Blue Jackets on brink of elimination (Video)

In the playoffs, Jake Guentzel has more goals (4) than the Chicago Blackhawks (0)

The 21-year-old rookie earned a hat trick in a wild 5-4 overtime victory by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win gives the Penguins a 3-0 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cam Atkinson scored eleven seconds into the first period, blasting the roof off of Nationwide Arena. Guentzel answered three minutes later burying his of the contest from a weird angle and while on one foot.

Two minutes later, Cam Atkinson scored again. One minute after that, Zach Werenski’s power play goal gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead.

Bryan Rust’s two goal second period drew the Penguins even.

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Jonathan Quick displays unconventional karate kick save (Video)

Jonathan Quick has never been one to fall back on traditional goaltending techniques when pressured.

(Another) case and point, Sunday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Peter Holland receives a perfect pass through Brayden McNabb legs in front of the Kings net. Quick doesn’t even move his body to get in front of the puck, so Holland’s got a wide open net to shoot at.

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Most painful primary assist of Richard Panik’s career (Video)

If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to score a goal, they’re going to do so by any means necessary.

Even if it includes inflicting pain on a teammate.

As the puck makes its way over to Brent Seabrook at the blueline, Richard Panik heads to the front of the net. Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo appears to get an elbow up high on Panik. The Blackhawks forward falls down and his momentum carries him into the net behind Anton Khudobin.

Seabrook’s shot goes on net. It rebounds out to Artemi Panarin who takes his first shot. Panik is still in the net, and has pulled himself into a semi-fetal position, protecting his money maker (face).

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Crosby’s Tuesday night: spear O’Reilly, score incredible goal, lose teeth

Sidney Crosby’s game against the Buffalo Sabres encompassed everything we love about the NHL as presented in three exhibits.

Exhibit A: Spearing of an opponent.

OK. This might not be something we all enjoy when it happens to someone on our favorite team. Yet, when it happens to a guy of questionable intestinal fortitude, we might (MIGHT) be slightly OK with it.

Less than five minute into the game, Crosby plays a game of ‘dirty pool’ with Ryan O’Reilly.

The Sabres forward has his back to Crosby when the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain takes an upward swing at O’Reilly’s, ahem, sack of pucks.


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Taylor Hall’s goal breaks Steve Mason (Video)

Taylor Hall made a move so brilliant it broke Steve Mason.

OK. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but what Hall did was spectacular.

Hall gets in on a breakaway behind Shayne Gostisbehere. He dekes and dipsy-doodles the puck to a point where Mason bites. With his right hand on his stick, Hall sweeps the puck past the out-stretched skate of the goaltender and into the net.

Mason was clearly in distress afterward. It looked like he stretched completely out to make the save. Could it be his groin? Knee? A hammy? After a couple minutes, he was helped to the locker room.

Almost immediately after Mason left the ice, the Philly broadcast opined that this could be the last time fans saw the netminder in a Flyers’ jersey. Mason is an unrestricted free agent after the season, but come on. There are 12 games left. Give the guy the benefit of the doubt even if he is (allegedly) made of glass.

The season ending injury talk was indeed a bit premature. Reports after the game were that Mason was suffering from cramping. He’ll be evaluated again on Friday.

The team was losing 4-2 when Michal Neuvirth replaced Mason. Adam Henrique scored a goal on Neuvirth and Hall picked up his second of the game on an empty net. Devils snap a 10 game losing streak, 6-2.

Connor McDavid kicks in own-goal, then totally redeems himself (Video)

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:

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Kucherov plays mind games with Lehner in shootout (Video)

Hide all the valuables, Robin Lehner is probably in a mood to smash things. The occasionally volcanic netminder was at the wrong end of a school yard play by Nikita Kucherov in the shootout.

Kucherov uses a strategy that is less about shooting and more about mind games. In fact, he doesn’t really shoot at all. He lets the puck do the work.

After coming in wide he appears to pull puck back and drag it around to shoot. Only thing is, he doesn’t have the puck on his stick. It’s sliding underneath Lehner and into the net.

Let’s have the Tampa Bay Lightning announcers recount the play as it might be the most incredible thing they’ve ever seen.

Minds. Blown.

Luke Schenn, Jamie Benn with separate spectacular plays (Video)

The Arizona Coyotes had just tied the game when Martin Hanzal’s wrap around attempt banked in off Jordie Benn’s skate.

The Dallas Stars nearly took the lead shortly thereafter if it wasn’t for Luke Schenn.

Brett Ritchie and Oliver Ekman-Larsson battle for the puck in front of the net. Ritchie’s swipe at the puck causes it to dribble towards the open goal. All the sudden Schenn comes flying into the crease.

He initially misses the puck and lands on the ice. He has to flip his stick around so it hooks the puck right as it crosses the goal line.

The goal horn goes off and the Stars celebrate. It’s immediately reviewed by officials and overturned.

The game was tied at 2-2 when the two teams entered the third period. That’s when Jamie Benn reminded people he’s Jamie f-ing Benn.

Big Brother Jordie blasts a pass from behind the blueline to a streaking Jamie at the opposite blueline. The Stars captain flies into the offensive zone.

He gives Louis Domingue a sweet fake that the netminder totally bites on. Then Benn whips around the net and scores on the wrap around.

The goal put the Stars up 3-2 and would stand as the game winner.

Bernier submits ‘save of the year’ play in wacky second period (Video)

Whatever Sami Vatanen was (or wasn’t doing) during the play above led to an unbelievable save by Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

On the power play Brad Marchand was floating uncontested as Patrice Bergeron got into position on the far post. Marchand sends a perfect pass to Bergeron who has a wide open net. Bergeron’s split second decision to stop the puck with his skate and put it on this stick may have been a millisecond too long.

Bernier dives sideways and gets his paddle on the puck. He pulls it into his body so Bergeron can’t get the rebound. Afterwards, defenseman Sami Vatanen gives his goaltender a ‘my bad’ tap on the mask.

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