The Weak In Review
The Stanley Cup Final did not get through one period before the series was besmirched by a really terrible challenge review and reversed call.
The disallowed goal: “Don’t worry Penguins; I’m here to save you.”
It may be hard to argue that the outcome of Game 1 would be any different without P.K. Subban’s would-be goal being overturned after Pittsburgh’s challenge, but we’ll never know for sure–and that’s a really bad look considering that Nashville is already a decided underdog in this series. Continue reading The Weak In Review
Have you been feeling unsettled, confused, and discombobulated lately? If so, you’re certainly not alone. There’s so much weirdness going on in the world these days: missiles in North Korea…madness in Syria…passengers being dragged off planes by United Airlines…the on-going antics of the “Commander-in-Cheeto”…hell, even Twin Peaks is coming back, because apparently the world just isn’t weird enough these days. It’s all a ball of confusion for sure.
The Pittsburgh Penguins: The only sure thing skating around with the Puck of Confusion?
You don’t even get to escape the confusion if you flatten out that ball into a disc-shaped piece of hard, vulcanized rubber and turn your attention to the Stanley Cup playoffs–because that hasn’t exactly been a model of things going according to plan, either.
A Leaf Grows In Toronto
For a moment there, it looked like the Toronto Maple Leafs were going to pull it off.
Auston Matthews: making it happen against the Caps…almost
When Matthews scored the goal that briefly gave the Leafs the lead against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their First Round series, Toronto’s faithful could have been forgiven if they started thinking destiny was on their side. They had the lead, were less than a period away from a Game 7, and putting it over on the one team in the league that is known for, shall we say, gripping the sticks a little too tight in this sort of situation.
Alas, it didn’t work out that way–but Leafs fans should definitely be encouraged. Everything is finally pointing upward for the storied but beleaguered franchise.
Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
With the NHL trade deadline now in the rear view mirror, it’s worth taking a quick look at a few of the notable points to come out of all the activity—including a possible warning sign about what might lay just over the horizon.
The weirdest part of the deadline had to be seeing the Detroit Red Wings selling for a harvest of draft picks. I guess it’s safe to say that Hockeytown’s latest era has well and truly come to an end. How did Detroit do in their quest to reinvigorate the franchise? Only the most devoted hockey scout could even guess at this point. Continue reading Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future