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Damn Gloves…

April 22, 2011

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I hate it when that happens. You score a goal in the other team’s building and go to give a standard backwards closed fist salute to their fans and you’re friggin glove gets stuck in an awkward position!

That’s what “happened” to the Bruins’ Andrew Ference after scoring a goal in the 2nd period thursday night to bring Boston within one goal of the Montreal Canadiens in game 4 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ference had this to say:

“It looks awful,’’ Ference said. “I just saw it. I can assure you that’s not part of my repertoire. I don’t know if my glove got caught up or what. I can assure you that’s not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it. I completely apologize to how it looks. But I can assure you — you guys have covered me long enough to know that’s not part of my repertoire. I was putting my fist in the air. I’m sorry. It does look awful. I don’t know what else to say.’’

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely believe him. Just like I believe Sergio Ramos wanted to share the Copa Del Rey trophy w/ the fans. The Bruins came back to win that game in OT and even up the series. Video of the salute after the frump.
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Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s breakaway spinorama might be NHL’s goal of the year…

February 23, 2011

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Okay, I can’t really vouch for that title — I don’t watch nearly enough hockey to make a claim like that. I do, however, get the feeling that Bouchard pulling off something like this, in-game, is rather impressive. And probably took nerves of ice cold steel.

I mean, successfully completing the spinorama in a shootout is one thing — and actually something the Minnesota Wild Left Winger has done before. The fact that Bouchard’s shootout version (which can be seen after the jump) came against the same goalie, Nikolai Khabibulin, makes it that much more remarkable, I suppose.

Talk about tough luck. For Khabibulin, I mean. The Wild would hang on to beat Edmonton 4-1.

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Raleigh may or may not be really pumped for Sunday’s NHL All-Star game

January 28, 2011

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Even Raleigh doesn't know its hosting the 2011 NHL All-Star gameB Diddy’s a big Canes fan. Me, I could take ‘em or leave ‘em, but I certainly don’t say that callously.

Don’t harbor any ill will towards Frump’s hometown team — North Carolina’s only major professional sports franchise east of Charlotte — it’s simply a matter of my inability, try as I might, to get into hockey.

I just find it utterly uncompelling, honestly, but to each their own.

Unfortunately, the apathetic ignorance highlighted by our local NBC affiliate’s questions on “the big game this weekend” — let alone the Hurricanes franchise itself — suggests I may not be the only Raleigh resident struggling to find a place for hockey in his heart.

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Football Hooligans Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Hockey Hooligans

December 24, 2010

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“Hockey Hooligans” just sounds better, doesn’t it? You know, with the whole alliteration thing? Either way, as this video of hockey fans rioting in Sweden goes to show, sports has a special way of cutting to the core. Even around the holidays.

According to Puck Daddy:

Wednesday’s Elitserien derby between AIK and Djurgarden was delayed for over 20 minutes as fans of the Stockholm-based teams fought security officials, police and each other, and threw smoke bombs inside Globe Arena. Fights also broke out before the game that Djurgarden ended up winning 3-1.

Hot Swedish girls in bikinis drinking orange juice?Yes, even after years of “successful” democratic socialism, mobile technology innovations, beautiful women innovations, ABBA, and, of course, IKEA, it’s nice to know the Swedes are only so far removed from their viking roots.

I just wish some meatballs would’ve been thrown onto the ice, or something, but I’m sure that or a similar trend will work its way over there eventually.

Until then, at least we can be thankful this didn’t happen in Norway, lest the fans started getting naked in the stands. But that’s neither here nor there…

Video via Hockey Webcast

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Raleigh and Hurricanes to Host 2011 NHL All-Star Game

April 7, 2010

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A source close to the Carolina Hurricanes told me a week ago or so that an announcement was coming soon about Raleigh and the Hurricanes hosting the 2011 NHL All-Star game.  More and more signs point to that announcement coming tomorrow.

According to Dan London, John Forslund all but announced it on ’620 the Buzz’ in Raleigh this morning.  Add that to what my source told me as well as the fact that Gary Bettman will host a press conference regarding future NHL All-Star Games in Raleigh on Thursday and you can put two and two together.  This will be a great thing for Raleigh who also got a fantastic music festival in the fall.

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Spencer Pratt Bobblehead Night for Hurricanes

March 4, 2010

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Actually…it’s Eric Staal bobblehead night at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Ottawa Senators. To me however, this looks a bit more like Spencer “King of all things Douche” Pratt(although I’m told looks more like Staal in person).  Staal is of course deserving of a bobblehead in his honor as he is the Canes’ captain, led them to a Stanley Cup championship, and just won a gold medal playing for his home country of Canada.  Pratt, not so much.

There are other reasons to head out to the RBC tonight if you’re in Raleigh and looking for something to do.  For one, you can check these out.  The Hurricanes just happen to have players who played for Finland(bronze), USA(silver), and Canada(gold) in the quite popular Olympic hockey tournament.  Those medals will be on display and you can even have your picture taken with them.

Secondly, the Hurricanes team taking the ice tonight will be just a bit different than the one from a couple days ago.  The Canes were quite busy before yesterday’s NHL trade deadline and in the process positioned itself for a strong future push.  Below, is breakdown of the action.

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