Alex Ovechkin Sportscenter Adhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhY1BYkiNUc #Hockey
Love this. No one does commercials better than the NHL. Add ESPN to the mix and you have a sure winner. I'm so glad they're working together more now.
I have to admit, it is a great commercial. Guess this is why Ovechkin is dropping in the scoring race, all that time spent making commercials must interfere with practise time! If the NHL doesn't work out, theres always a door open I guess, smart guy. Ha. ha.
PG & JM Heads On A Silver Platter!!!!!!!!Martin & Gautier’s Head On a Platter!!!!!!!!!
It is with great passion and frustration that I write this blog, I am fed up of the whole managerial situation in Montreal. I think it’s time we have some new blood, we all know what the Habs are in search for, or should I say in need for. We have one win in our last six games and it’s not because the forwards are not clicking. Yes we can say that AK46 is not working like he should be and that were not scoring goals, but the reason for that is simple. We are giving the puck up to many times in our transition zone attack, we in the last 6 games we had at least 15 to 20 turnovers. In which at 75% of the time it was caused by our defense.
No we don’t need a forward just yet; IMHO we need a top 4 maybe even top 2 D-Man that can transition the puck. I’ll explain why, for the first time since Josh Georges’ first 2 games with that Habs, has been the worst defense on the ice, last night loss could mainly go on his or any of our defense shoulders. But there’s a reason for that, FATIGUE!!!!!! They don’t have the young big bodies any more there all old and slow not in their primes.
Here is how it breaks down:
Hamerlik: very good D-man but not a transition guy, better defensively when playing right amount of minutes, right now covering for Markov, used too much and causing more bad than good.
Gill: Great team guy, very good on the PK, but just that a PK specialist, an own zone man, nothing else.
Spacek: well he was once a very good D-Man, but I think his boat has sailed a while ago. He has single handedly handicapped the team by 2 defense when in the lineup. He must go!
Georges: he has been our warrior ever since he joined the team, considered an underrated player; he has only brought good until late. But his play suffers only because he is nursing injuries and he is over used in situations he’s not supposed to be in, like the power play.
Picard: he is a great pick-up in the off season, very good 2way d-man with more upside than down. But he is only a 5th or 6th and currently playing more than he should be. He is not the solution to Markov.
P.K. Subban: our super star to be, he is undoubtedly the best player if not Defense this team has, problem is that he’s like a fire cracker. But this is tamed with time; we need to stop pressuring him into playing a style that suite the coach more than the game. He has played up and down hockey ever since he was benched for 3 games, and that’s a problem. His best game since then has been against the Flyers and Bruins. And in both game she set the tone of the game with big hits and points. Why must management choke his play, they should let their ego’s rest and let the kid play.
Weber: IMO is wasting his time in the press box, either send him back down or take Spacek’s place, he can’t do any worse than him and the 3 games he has played were his best ever in the NHL. He is ready to play and grow, but JM and PG must let him play, by the way when the last time the Habs have had to righties in the same game.
Markov: Finally our franchise D-Man, yes it is important to note that he may be targeted and labeled as a fragile player; I think he personally rushed his recovery and that caused his injury early on. I still think it is important to sign him and sign him fast. He will only make and teach Subban to be a better leader and player on and off the ice.
The teams management needs to wake up and make changes, Pacioretty call up was a good move and so was Weber’s but I think it’s time to shake it up a bit. I say send Eller down to work on his playing time and confidence, make him score goals and points with the Bulldogs, call up Desharnais and white or someone, PK doesn’t need to fight. He’s not a fighter and never will be this throws him off his game. Go out and get a good solid puck moving 2-way D-man, we have the cap space and somebody will pick AK46 in a transaction.
If these demands are not met, the season will be thrown down the drain, and I am willing to accept the heads of PG & JM on a silver platter!!!!!!!!
And Keep Your Sticks on The Ice!
I thought it was about the right time for people to start overreacting lol.
Read my blogs over this past month, i said that the Canadiens were due to drop off. I'm going to write more about this when I get the chance but consider that a) few teams have winning records on the road and b) the Canadiens had an easy home-heavy schedule to start the season... things were bound to level off and no one should be surprised. No one should have thought this was a top team in the east. The Canadiens will finish 7th-8th-9th as they always do, and then... who knows.
Clearly the team is missing Markov, the player the team is basically built around. And that's obviously the trade they need to make to bring in a defenseman. Whether that should have been done already or not, I don't know, but with the average age of our d-men and all the contracts ending in June a big move needs to go down. No more excuses.
I'll say this: PLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEAAAASSEE Mr. Molson! Hire Pierre McGuire, he'll be so much better than that Gautier. i don't think they'll finish 8th i do think they can play with the big boys and i really do think that they might not finish 1st of the conference but they can easily finish first in the division, boston is not that much better than the habs and the north east is especially weak this season.
Bang Bang danceWell the Avs rookies have created a new viral sensation in the form of their Bang Bang dance. After each win both Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny do a dance that was influenced by the hit T.V. show How I met your mother. Here is a video of the show's version of the dance, followed by the players rendition.
Now the big questions that is being brought up by a lot, is how long until teams start making a stink about the celebration. There are already articles on Yahoo, NHL.com, and The Denver Post about the dance. Hopefully Don Cherry doesn't see the dance! #Hockey
lmao ok since they took it from HIMYM (one of my favorite shows) I'll accept it as (at least) not being stupid
LOL!! See! They are big HIMYM fans, as well as Big Bang Theory! Both talk about them a lot!
Anyone else notice the best part of the video? Ryan showing Koivu his own stick after scoring the goal.
Ryan tweeted this morning "Wish that was a missed quote. Ouch. Wasn't a taunt btw. Was enjoying my goal and showing perry I can score left handed!"
Don't know if that's actually true or just a cover-up but....pretty god damn funny anyway.
RDS Reveals Mid-Season Rookie SelectionsThe mid-point of the season sure does come up fast in the Q. These are some of the rookies that have stood out since the beginning of the season in the eyes of the RDS crew:
Acadie-Bathurst Titan – Zach O’Brien
Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Félix Girard
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – William Carrier
Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Charles Hudon
Drummondville Voltigeurs – Marc-Olivier Brouillard
Gatineau Olympiques – Taylor Burke
Halifax Mooseheads – Martin Frk
Lewiston MAINEiacs – Dillon Fournier
Moncton Wildcats – Daniel Milan
Montreal Juniors – Alex Micallef
P.E.I. Rocket – Maxim Lagacé
Quebec Remparts – Tomas Filippi
Rimouski Océanic – Cari Hozjan
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Jean-François Grenier
Saint John Sea Dogs – Ryan Tesink
Shawinigan Cataractes – Anton Zlobin
Val-d’Or Foreurs – Julien Leduc
Victoriaville Tigres – David Honzik
I figured Louis Leblanc didn't count as a rookie
Some of the more obviouspants choices are Euros: Filippi of the Remparts (16-18-34 in 32 games) and Frk of the Mooseheads (11-19-30 in 31 games). Chicoutimi's Charles Hudon was also first star of the week with 9 points (1-8) and +8 over three games. #Hockey
As many of you know, we've been working on a new website, Better With Popcorn, a TCL-like site for entertainment news, reviews and discussion, and as of December 1st it's been up and running! We hope to bring you coverage of movies, TV, gaming and music as well as we do on TCL, but of course we're going to need your support.
So check out the site, and post lots of comments and forum topics (your login info is the same as TCL!)
I love this site and there's already some excellent material on there!
Bill Guerin Announces retirement
After 18 NHL seasons, Bill Guerin is calling it a career.
Guerin, who played for eight NHL teams and won Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, announced his retirement as a player through the Penguins website on Monday.
"We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans," Guerin said in a team statement. "It was amazing. From ownership and Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger tallied 429 goals and 856 points over his career.
He played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career and helped lead Pittsburgh to a Stanley Cup in 2009 after being acquired at the March trading deadline.
Guerin also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders in a career that spanned from 1991 through 2010.
We've all obviously seen him play and he was a great player, but it was clear he had slowed down to the point where he wasn't at the level of most NHL players, and you could tell last year. Despite great stats of course, but consider he was playing with the best player in the league.
I think he still could have helped some teams and I wouldn't be surprised if he got some offers, but if he's going to play for like the Islanders or Oilers then there's no real point for him if he's basically guaranteed not to win another cup by playing there. Obviously the Flyers were too deep to bring him on and the Pens wanted to go another direction.
856 points in over 1200 games, 2 cups and an Olympic Silver medal, is it enough to eventually get him into the Hall of Fame? #Hockey
Billy Guerin will surely be missed. He was a class act and a great player. I'm glad he got to win 2 Stanley Cups. He's definitely a lock for the US Hockey Hall of Fame, and it will be interesting to see if he goes into the HHOF.
The goalie knows you better then you think!Ok, the next time you are heading down the ice with the puck on a break-a-way and fans screaming and your head has gone into that slow motion scene that you see on TV, make sure that you have your act together once it's your turn to perform.
A lot of player get down there to the final move and just blow it under pressure and the inability to stay calm to light the lamp up behind. So here's some advice to help keep your head in the game.
First, let's say you have the puck on this so called break-a-way and you are at center ice. Don't think about victories from days gone by. Don't start thinking about how much money Dad's going to have to shell out when the puck goes in. Don't start thinking about how your girl is jumping her little heart off in the stands and that you might get lucky later.
Stay focused! Now, the first thing you are going to see, is that the goalie is going to come out once he sees that you have a break-a-way. Why do you think he does this? (Jeopardy music here) Now, 99% of all the player that I have talked too have said this simple phrase as their answer…"To cut down the angle!"
WRONG! My friend, it is to mind set you. Well, let me ask you this…when the goalie comes out, what is the first thing you think of?" Yes, I said stay focused and not on the girl friend in the stands. The first thing you think of is…"Wow, look at all that room behind him that he has given me. The next thing you think about is…Deke! Guess what, he just played you like a fool.
The whole purpose is not to come out and cut down the angle, you are in the neutral zone, cutting down the angle is not important at that distance. What the goalie did do was that he went fishing and you bit the hook. He came out to mind set you to think deke. Once he has you thinking this, he has won.
Ok, I can hear it now…"Ok coach, so what's the solution?" Here's what I want you to do first before you finish reading the rest of this story. Have a friend, parent, brother, sister, whomever, come and help you with this next part of the story.
Now, go get a puck out of the garage, then give it to your friend to hold on it edge with their two finger. Next, I want you to place your hand in the direction of your partner and hold you hand out like you are going to shake hands, but you are going to place your hand out like you are going to make a big letter "C".
Then, I want you friend to place the puck on its edge between you fingers and the thumb within this big "C". Then, when he's ready, he gets to drop the puck with out you knowing when he going to drop the puck and you have to catch the puck with your thumb against your open hand. Yes, it's ok, try it several times. Oh, don't think you can use the bottom finger to block the puck…do it right!
Now, what you are going to see is that the puck is going to head on by on its way to the floor. Oh, so here the next thing I hear from players…"Yeah, so!" Well, the hand represents the goalie and the puck represents the shooter. As the shooter comes closer to the goalie, the closure rate is reduced which reduces the reaction time of the goalie. Hopefully a light went off in your head here.
Ok, so now what? Well, this means that once you are on top of him, ready to make this so called deke, you now have the shooting advantage, due to closure rate. This means odds are more in your favor on scoring a goal if you just use a snap shot and not a deke. Please do not shoot it in his stomach. The odds are really good that it will not come out the other side into the net.
Now, If you want to go ahead and use that deke, then just think of this first. Now, back when you were at the blue line, the goalie came out and is still standing there. He wants to get you thinking deke. He will stay in that one spot until he see you at a certain distance from him and then and only then, will he make one skate pump backwards, which by the way will be half the speed of you coming in.
So, once you get into the "Closure rate" area, (Best place to shoot) you have already decided to deke and once you do it, you will see that there is no more room behind him and now you have just wasted that chance of getting some tonight!