All I’m going to say about the hit….

Obscene gestures? 2 games.

Insulting your ex-girlfriend? 6 games.

Severely injuring another player with a reckless hit that was perfectly avoidable? “Just a hockey play”

Let’s hope someone doesn’t have to die before the NHL realizes that hits like this, this and this are incredibly dangerous and should be taken seriously.

Get well soon, Patches.

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Only a matter of time before one of my goalies got into a fight

just wasn’t exactly expecting it to be Delmas…. against my former ECHL team no less…. D:

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Of Juniors and Goalies

So the Juniors played the Wildcats last night. As Hertzberg said on twitter “it wasn’t our best game but we got the W”. Yeah, and had me in a fit the whole time.

I swear they forgot that this is 2011 and not 2010. 2010 had the Wildcats as the second best team in the Q and the Juniors sitting a million points behind them. This year obviously things have changed. The Juniors have finally put some distance between themselves and the evil Remparts and are second in the league, while Wildcats are some 20 points behind them. Only someone forgot to tell the Juniors that.

They played the whole game like the Wildcats were some really super awesome team that they were just supposed to sit back and watch. Everyone – including yours truly who had a great vantage point – looked pretty surprised when the Wildcats opened the scoring just three minutes in. Not pretty. At least the Juniors had a functioning PP though. Blonk finally scored on the PP and the Wildcats fans across the arena (who had taken over almost an entire section) looked kind of dejected.

If the first period was trying, it was nothing compared to the rest of the game. Parkes put the Juniors up 2-1 on a 5 on 3 PP.  Just as they were about to announce his goal, Blonk ruined it by scoring again, so instead of hearing Parkes name over the PA system we got to listen to the goal horn being blasted into our ears. Oh well…

This is normally the point in time where we prefer the opposition to just quit and/or for the Juniors to score more goals. Well, Moncton had other plans and they scored not once, but twice to tie the game at 3.

Hertzberg got a chance to even more awesome and put the Juniors up 4-3 when he got hauled down on a breakwayish thing and got a penalty shot. We were just praying that he would be vastly better than the Phantoms Wellwood in the Hammies/Phantoms game (if you re-call, Wellwood missed the net by a mile). Hertzberg didn’t disappoint and there was plenty of celebrating after he scored.

The Juniors went up by two goals again when Blonk scored on – you guessed it – the PP in early in the third. Yes, that was a hatty for Blonk. In front of the RDS and Sportsnet cameras that were precariously perched on random scaffolding in the building. Talk about showing off for the cameras. Anyway, I have a policy of not wearing hats in the winter and even if I did, I wasn’t about to toss it on the ice. But I digress..

This two goal lead wasn’t about to last either. Gormley scored while Aubry was in the box after a minor scrum in front of the net. My hockey victim was not a happy person as they realized that that was Aubry’s second time to the box (and the second time that the Wildcats had capitalized). It was about to get a lot worse though… Pretty sure it was Xavi who let Hrvik make the entire team look stupid as the Slovak skated around Xavi and had a really sick goal on Bearoobee. Grosssss….

The game was obviously going to go to OT. The Juniors would’ve probably have won if Blonk’s stick hadn’t exploded while they were on the PP late in OT. As it was, they didn’t score and we had to endure a shootout….

In short… Hertzberg was awesome, Blonk was not and after a million misses/stops/heart attacks as the Wildcats had a chance to win the game but failed/ Gouchie scored and the Juniors won.

It was a good night for:

  • Blonk, Hertzberg, Rose, Parkes and Meillure who pretty much on the ice for all the goals.
  • The Juniors PP.
  • Brandon Thibeau actually gave his team a decent shot later in the third. He was stopping everything. Or so it felt, anyway…

Not having a great night:

  • Xavi, Landry and Gouchie. Xavi in particular was having a brutal night
  • Moncton’s PK (or we could just attribute this to the Juniors having a good PP. Same difference really).

IN OTHER NEWS…………………………

Did you know it was the trade deadline? I kinda forgot too. It’s okay.

Nothing overly interesting happened. The only thing of note was the Hammies acquiring Drew MacIntyre from the Thrashers/Wolves for Festerling.

The only reason why I see MacIntyre here is because Sanford’s going to be out of commission for longer than anyone was hoping for. If this weekend was any indication of how BobbyMayer’s season’s been going (and yeah, I’ve missed the majority of his season so I don’t know) then it’s been pretty inconsistent. It’s really tight in the North division right now and every win’s important especially considering only 6 of the last 21 games are NOT against divisional opponents.

I cannot for the life of me remember how MacIntyre was when the Hammies played him and the Wolves, but he played for the Sherbrooke Beavers ages ago so that’s one reason to like him :P

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Hammies! Hammies!

Feels like FOREVER since I last followed a Hammies game through. In fact, I missed their entire five game losing streak and only started following again when they beat the Marlies. I’d say they missed me – and I’d add that I followed some of their second win the next day against the Rampage but then they lost to the Marlies the second time around. Anyway….  It was time for the second part of their yearly trek to Montreal and obviously I went.

Gonna be honest: as far as games went, it wasn’t their most riveting. That’s  to be expected, I suppose, when your most riveting player in David Desharnais (who makes everyone else riveting too) has been snatched away (yeah, still bitter). Also, I prefer to think that everyone was feeling bad about kicking Maxwell off the bus in Toronto when it was announced that he was being shipped off to Chicacgo (as in, the Wolves, not the Hawks). At least they had the decency to drop him off in civilization. I was having visions of them leaving him in a field in the middle of nowhere.

ANWYAY…………………

I had to put up with the Phantoms again (honestly, why can’t we just play the Marlies instead of the Phantoms? Who really cares in Habsland?). Thank goodness Leighton wasn’t in nets though.. that would’ve been just… blergh. Things that were blergh though:

  • the Hammies getting a PP and then giving up the puck to a Phantom and then said Phantom ended up being tripped up on his way to not scoring on Sanford and then the refs giving said Phantom a penalty shot. If you were a Phantoms fan then the blergh part came when the aforementioned Phantom missed the net entirely. Hammies fans rejoiced though.
  • the 3 PPs that the Hammies didn’t score on. Before you call me picky, just note that you can have a not blergh PP and not score or you can have a totally blergh PP and still not score.
  • Bonneau getting into a blergh fight for no real reason.
  • The Phantoms lone goal.
  • BC people trying to sell you “beer” but waving around Coors in your face. Hey yo, that stuff isn’t beer. It’s water. And I’m not paying $10 + for water.

There were plenty of things to be happy about though. Including but not limited to:

  • Nigel Dawes trying to win over the Hammies fans who were quite sad to see Benny go by scoring the first goal of the game (speaking of Dawes.. he fits right in with “the tiny players” profile that the Habs franchise is adopting. No complaints here as long as the little guy plays his heart out).
  • Sanford didn’t get hurt! No, really, this is a plus! He got hurt after the first period the last time I saw him play in Ottawa. Stay healthy, Sanford!
  • Also, yay for Sanford on being solid/lucky (he was definitely patting the goal posts after the 2nd).
  • Wyman scoring.
  • Newbie scoring.
  • Newbie scoring again.
  • Engqvist – who needs a nickname – was very popular in my row. No, I wasn’t sitting with Swedes.

So yeah… in conclusssssssionnnnnnn: Hammies winning is nice. Hammies winning when I’m there is even nicer. I’m now 5-1 at Hammies games  and 3-0 this season :))

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Who designated Wednesday goalie fight night?

I mean, I’m not complaining or anything…..

I just wish I could’ve seen that period live. Or even on TV. Apparently I missed an 8 goal period, a line brawl and this:

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As far as goalie fights go…

This one isn’t my favorite…

I mean…. really? Meh….

I’ll spare you all another video of Emery vs Squeaky Marty or Patrick Roy vs Osgood… Instead here’s a real goalie fight (courtesy of The Goalie Guild):

Gotta love the ECHL… Well… just hope that Delmas isn’t itching to drop the gloves…..

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Random notes on the All-Star draft

“So Henrik…. ” “I’m Daniel…” “Whatever…. it’s not like Kesler knew which one of you guys he picked either… He just said Daniel and prayed that Daniel walked up instead of Henrik…”

  • What was up with “my boy” getting picked? Started with e-Staal picking “my boy Cam Ward” (who really looks like he belongs on a farm in the mid-west)… and it just kept going and going from there on end… D:
  • Captain Peachy was NOT pleased about not getting picked for a while. He looked so emo.
  • Was I the only one who went “o.O” when the camera showed Jonas Hiller wearing glasses?
  • Of Itty Bitty and Claude Giroux are at the AS Draft who’s watching Itty Bitty’s kids?
  • Seriously… how old is Jeff Skinner? He looks and sounds like he’s 8 years old….
  • e-Staal only picked m-Staal after m-Staal threatened to not give him any gifts for Christmas or his birthday.
  • Of course Brian Burke got all upset today after learning that Kessel was picked last. I think he’s just mad that the car that Kessel won is going to Boston too.

Quote of the night goes to Mike Green though…

James Duthie was talking to Rick Nash about something (I kinda zoned out at that point) and how he hasn’t been picked and whatnot…. then Greener goes up to the mic to announce team e-Staal’s next pick and he says:

We pre-thought that

Pre-thought? Really? I admit I had no idea that he even said that at first because the words that had come out before and after were completely garbled… but yeah, apparently he did indeed say “we pre-thought that”.

Between him and Kessel, not much was being done to negate the stereotype that hockey players can’t formulate sentences in the English language. On the other hand, as someone who perpetually butchers the aforementioned English language, there’s something a bit endearing about Greener’s lack of speaking abilities.

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