Andrew Ference Flips Off Bell Centre Crowd
Classy guy. #Hockey
John Tortorella Proves Once Again That He's AwesomeVideo:
Another year, another colourful exchange between John Tortorella and Larry Brooks.
The New York Rangers' head coach and New York Post hockey columnist went back and forth in a game day scrum on Friday after Brooks asked Tortorella whether he thought the Rangers' backs were against the wall going into Game 2 of their first-round series with the Washington Capitals.
"Do I think our backs are against the wall? This is a series," responded Tortorella.
"That's what I'm asking," said Brooks. "Are your backs against the wall right now?"
"I never think our backs are against the walls. I think in a series..."
"In a series or anytime?" Brooks interjected.
"So you didn't think your backs were against the wall Saturday?"
"Saturday?" Tortorella asked.
"Against New Jersey?"
"You mean in the regular season?"
"That's what I'm asking," said Brooks. "You said you never think your backs are against the wall. Are you just talking about playoffs or anytime?"
"Well we're in playoffs right now," said Tortorella. "You're asking me questions to try and box me in to language."
"No I'm not."
"Yes you do."
"No I'm not," explained Brooks. "I'm asking you do you think your backs are against the wall, you said 'I never think backs are against the wall.' I said 'in regular season or playoffs.' So you're only talking about playoffs."
"I'm talking about a series of playoffs," countered Tortorella. "Why are we even going back to regular season? "Cause it's logistics with you. You try to use my words Brooksie..."
"No, you talked about the regular season just now," said Brooks, cutting him off.
"No, you try to use my words and box me in to a corner all the time," said Tortorella. "Can I get another question? I went in here in a pretty good mood today, too."
"So did I," said Brooks.
"Well you obviously ------ that up, didn't you?"
Torts is awesome haha #Hockey
I disagree, Torts just sidestepped the question like an idiot. Brooks clearly asked, in a series or anytime, and he responded "anytime."
You don't realize what he's doing, do you? He's taking the attention away from his team and transposing it onto him. The talk in Washington last night wasn't "the Rangers lost game 1", it was "Torts got into it with Brooks again". Obviously in the end it didn't make a difference with the Caps winning but the idiot is Brooks, for allowing himself to be drawn into an argument with Torts over literally nothing.
Marty Turco Bets on Game with Habs Fan
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco(notes) hasn't started a game since Feb. 11 and hasn't appeared in a game since St. Patrick's Day, so the veteran has to find ways to keep himself amused on the bench.
Like, apparently, making wagers with opposing fans during games.
The photo above appears to depict Turco and a Montreal Canadiens fan passing a $5 bill through the glass at Bell Centre on Tuesday night, when the Blackhawks lost to the Habs, 2-1, in overtime. A Montreal season-ticket holder named Robert called in to "Game Points with Matthew Ross" on Team 990 after the game, and spun a humorous tale of Turco making bets with him (and eventually losing in overtime)
For the video challenged, Robert claimed he bet Turco, after Michael Cammalleri's(notes) goal for Montreal made it 1-0 in the first period, that Chicago wouldn't score again. When Patrick Kane(notes) of the Blackhawks tied the game, he passed Turco a $5 bill with "Habs Rule" written on it.
They went double-or-nothing after the first period, and then triple-or-nothing for the third; and then, in overtime, he gave Turco 5-to-1 odds that the Canadiens would win the game.
"And he took the bet!" said the caller. "When the Canadiens scored in overtime, he handed me back a wad of $5 bills and inside was that $5 bill that I gave him. He crossed out 'Habs Rule' and wrote 'Turco Rules.'"
Greatest fan story of the season? You bet your defaced Canadian currency it is.
As Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, Turco probably didn't expect this interaction to go viral, and the NHL will probably frown upon it if the caller's claims are accurate. Fact is that the Exhibit 14.2 in the NHL CBA states: "Gambling on any NHL Game is prohibited."
Which is a shame, of course, because there isn't a hockey fan in North America with an ounce of joy in their soul that doesn't think Marty Turco is Capt. Awesome after hearing this story. If there was ever a "lighten up" provision in those regulations, now would be the time to use it. Because, as you can see, Turco Rules ...
Turco's hilarious lmao. He does this stuff all the time.
It's Reimer, Reimer, Gotta be startin' Reimer....
Oh... oh God... #Hockey
Eric Belanger Hates Winnipeg
While talk of possibly moving the Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg is getting most hockey fans excited, especially those in Winnipeg, Coyotes forward Eric Belanger is among the minority that are not thrilled with the idea.
While this is just the latest turn in the ongoing saga surrounding his team, Belanger isn't about to ignore the issue and hope it blows over.
He knows that the Coyotes' days in the dessert are likely numbered, but Belanger, who rarely minces words, doesn't see Winnipeg as a dream destination.
“The guys have been talking about it a bit more every day, and the one sure thing is that we want to play in Phoenix and not in Winnipeg,” said Belanger. “Personally, and I won't name any names, but I've chatted with guys that have played (in Winnipeg) and don't want to go back. There are reasons why hockey wasn't working in Winnipeg at the end, I don't see how that would have changed.”
Belanger, who has also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals says he has nothing against the Winnipeg hockey fans that are desperate to see a team back in their city.
“There are good fans there, but Winnipeg is still Winnipeg,” Belanger said. “In January and February, I doubt that my family would follow me out there for a holiday.”
Belanger added that while the preference of he and his teammates is to stay in Arizona, Quebec would be the front-runner over Winnipeg if they had to choose.
“It's different in Quebec,” Belanger said. “They are the same fans, but the economy seems to really be rolling along. The guys that I talk to loved playing in Quebec. You can't go to practice in shorts and t-shirts like I did this morning, but Quebec is attractive. At least there are things to do there!”
Added Belanger: “In the mind of the players, it's Quebec before Winnipeg, for sure.”
While he wants to see the Coyotes stay in Phoenix, Belanger doesn't hide the fact that the empty stands at the arena bother players.
“We can't blame our fans,” Belanger said. “It's been two years that they have been wondering if the club would be moving, and they will come back when it is settled.
“When these markets are having trouble, it's less money in our pockets. But do we want to go to Winnipeg for an extra 1 or 2%? I'm not so sure.”
Because what Eric Belanger says matters right? lol. I find it funny, its like he's crying for attention with all those quotes.
“The fans have been talking about it a bit more every day, and the one sure thing is that we want NHL players and not Eric Belanger,” said a loyal Jets fan. “Personally, and I won't name any names, but I've chatted with fans of teams that have had him (Belanger) and don't want him back. There are reasons why Belanger wasn't working out for any team he ever played for, I don't see how that would have changed.”
Belanger's actually a great depth player and team guy, but I can understand Jets fans being upset lol. To be fair, their city sucks balls.
Guess he's not the only one
GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Winnipeg isn't even back in the NHL, yet, but it already has a potential free agent problem.
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, a soon-to-be free agent who was probably the team's most valuable player the last two seasons, says he'd rather go back to Russia than play in Winnipeg.
"You don't want to go to Winnipeg, right?" Bryzgalov said after the Coyotes lost to Detroit, Wednesday night. "Not many people live there, not many Russian people there. Plus it's cold. There's no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It's going to be tough life for your family."
The 30-year-old Russian's knowledge of Winnipeg comes from a visit or two when he was with Cincinnati in the AHL.
"I've been there for just once, maybe twice, when I play in minors. It was really cold," Bryzgalov said. "I used the tunnels between the buildings to get to the arena. Because it was minus 40-something. Real cold."
And if he's going to put up with that, he'd rather be back home.
So if the Coyotes move to Winnipeg, Bryzgalov says chances are he wouldn't listen to a contract offer from the new owners.
"Probably not. I better go to somewhere in Russia, KHL, to be honest. Because KHL is Russian people, it's family, friends. Even as a cold place, I can speak to people in Russian language."
A six-year NHL vet who began his career in Anaheim, Bryzgalov has been the backbone of a blue-collar Coyotes team that made the playoffs each of the last two seasons.
He was a second-team NHL all-star a year ago, when he posted a 42-20-6 record and 2.29 goals against average.
This season he was 36-20-10, with a 2.48 GAA.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan Wednesday called him the league's most valuable player.
But Bryzgalov had a terrible first-round playoff series against the Red Wings, allowing 17 goals in the four-game sweep, including Wednesday's winner, a softie from the corner by Detroit's Danny Cleary that broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period.
"Goalies have it two ways: to be a hero, to be a goat," Bryzgalov said. "I'm a goat."
He was also in a difficult situation this season, unable to negotiate a new contract because the Coyotes didn't have a real owner.
"I didn't care about the contract the whole year long," he said. "I not even put it in my mind. I can find a job. It's tough to live with unknown situation. But nothing can do.
"I hope team's going to stay. It's such a nice area, and such nice place to play hockey."
suggestion to Bryz: Go back home then.
Why are you suggesting something that he said himself he would do?
Honestly, watching Jets fans get all uppity about this is pretty lulz.
Bryzgalov doesn't want to go to Winnipeg because, wait for it....there are no parks.
Marchand and Bruins continue to show their lack of class
This is who Brad Marchand(notes) is for the Boston Bruins, 92 games and parts of two seasons into his NHL career: A player who can deflate an opponent with a brilliant shorthanded goal, like the one he scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night; and a player that will reinvigorate that opponent with an ill-advised taunt.
Like, for example, mocking the Leafs bench by mimicking a golf swing, as he did during the second period of the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss. Which really isn't the epitome of sportsmanship, despite its undeniable accuracy.
From Matt Kalman and The Bruins Blog:
After a scrum, Marchand made a golf-swing gesture that probably got under the skin of some of the blue-and-white-wearing players. It also irked the Bruins' bench boss.
"I got a little bit of an earful [from Claude Julien between periods]," admitted Marchand after the game, "it won't happen again."
Marchand said that Phil Kessel(notes) popped him in the mouth and there should've been a penalty. Instead there was a razzing from the bench and then the gesture. "That was a little immature of me. I shouldn't have done that," said the pesky winger.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall for that coach/rookie conversation, considering that on March 31 and after a tough loss, the second question Julien received in his postgame press conference was about Marchand's maturity. The coach said:
"It's just one of those things. He's been a good player for us and, again, his emotions can sometimes be a positive but sometimes you don't want to cross the line. You certainly don't like that when it happens. So it's just a learning process."
Yet for the yappy and scrappy Marchand, it's par for the course.
First Thornton goes after an entire bench because they taunt him, then Marchand turns around and taunts the Leafs, pretty much reinvigorating them and costing the Bruins the game. but no bro, PK Subban is the only cocky player. And the Habs instigated him into doing the taunt.
HAHAH, your going to hate me. But I added Marchand to my TCL pool. And I also traded away for him in my NHL 2011 Be a GM. I freakin love him. hahahahh. sorry Prax. You can" pink slip" me for that.
He's a good player, but he's a hypocrite and a jackass. The guy has no class, and he's a man-child. He likely chirps on the ice just as much as anyone else, then he turns around to the media and whines about the Habs starting everything and bitching about Subban and everything? Subban might be a jackass on the ice but he's a class act when it comes to dealing with the media, and he knows how to handle his own success. It's clearly gone to his head, for Marchand, and if anyone needs to be put in his place it's him.
Very good player, but yeah he's got some growing up to do. That can be said of quite a few Bruins players actually.
My Leafs may not be a playoff team this year, but at least they have respect. I mean, hell, how else would Brett Lebda ever get a shift?
My Leafs may not be a playoff team this year, but at least they have respect. I mean, hell, how else would Brett Lebda ever get a shift?
lmao. I'll tell you, all this shit with the Bruins this year has really made me realize I actually do have some respect for the Leafs and Flyers. Flyers fans (and Philly fans in general) can be assholes but there are a lot of good ones. Leafs fans for the most part just care about their team. The Bruins and their fans though... Enemy number one.
Shawn Thornton is a Crybaby
Shawn Thornton accused the Chicago Blackhawks bench of taunting him after he was injured on Tuesday.
Thornton is the second NHL player this month to accuse the Blackhawks of taunting as the Flames Brendan Morrison also had the same problem when he injured his knee in a March 2nd game.Thornton was accidentally cut by the skate of Fernando Pisani and needed more than 40 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. "There was some stuff said that I'm not happy about," Thornton said. "I'm going to find out who it was and I will deal with it in my own way. Those guys chirp a lot. I don't know if it's right when someone's face is half across the other side of their face. But it's a tough game and people have to live with their actions." It should be interesting next season when the two teams meet.
I'm not trying to glorify what the Hawks player, who ever it was, said, or make light of the skate to the face Thornton got, but it's pretty funny to see a goon on a goon team get upset over pretty much nothing, taunting, which happens all the time in hockey. I think it was something along the lines of "get off the ice you fucking pussy". Who gives a fuck? His face is half cut to shreds, and the guy is more concerned about revenge cause he didn't like what someone said?
And then he has the audacity to say he'll "deal" with it the next time the two teams meet? If the league doesn't suspend him for that game after he clearly expressed his intent for revenge, then there's obviously some bias at NHL ops.
Thornton should get Bruins fans to call the police for him. Since this is an obviously grievous offense. But if he goes to the movies this weekend, I bet Mark Recchi won't be too happy with him. #Hockey
My YouTube Favorites (as of March 20, 2011)Time for an update of some of my YouTube favorites from my account as of March 20, 2011...
From February 20, 1998, a shootout between Canada and the Czech Republic at the Winter Olympics in Nagano
From May 5, 1984, a preview of Game 6 between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders
From September 26, 2009, Jonas Gustavsson stops a Detroit 2-on-0 breakaway in a Wings-Leafs exhibition game
From May 24, 1980, Jim Robson calls the Bob Nystrom overtime winner as the New York Islanders win the first of four straight Stanley Cups
From January 11, 1976, "They're Going Home!"
From April 30, 1986, Steve Smith's costly error, as called by Don Whittman
From April 24, 1983, some highlights from Game 7 of the Sabres-Bruins series, with the goal calls by Fred Cusick
From May 6, 2010, PK Subban talks to Hockey Night in Canada after a victory over Pittsburgh
From May 26, 1977, a JC Tremblay goal in Game 7 of the AVCO Cup Final of the WHA you have to see to believe
From February 1, 2002, a look at the 1970 NHL All-Star Game
From February 2, 2011, Kerry Fraser's debut on That's Hockey 2Nite
From January 4, 2005, a Top 10 list of Canada-Russia moments (new ones were added on after this list was made and others were bumped off to make room)