Last night the Maple Leafs and the Wild battled to a 2-1 shootout Wild victory in a chippy, gritty game that was almost exactly what you want to see in a rivalry game. A big stain on the game, however, was Nazem Kadri and his behavior that warranted him a meeting with Brendan Shanahan this afternoon to discuss suspension.
It started in the first period when he absolutely plowed into goaltender Nicklas Backstrom when it was entirely unnecessary and threw in an extra elbow-to-the-head just for fun. That’s definitely a kind of hit that cannot be in the game. Everybody who’s ever seen a hockey game knows that you don’t hit a goalie, and you certainly don’t go out of your way to do it. It was absolute trash, and he deserved to get punished for it. Backstrom left the game shortly thereafter and is not practicing today due to an undisclosed “upper-body injury.”
However, no Wild player stepped up in the moment, and we had to content ourselves with Kadri being sent to the box for a while. But later, he came back and started throwing more dirty hits, notably one on Nino Niederreiter. El Nino tried to stand up for himself, shoving and trying to engage a fight, but referees broke it up and it came to naught.
The game progressed as a physical affair, which is to be expected, but the real icing on the cake came in the third where once again Kadri was on the giving end of a dirty hit. He crashed Mikael Granlund’s head into the boards dangerously, finally earning him an ejection from the referees—still no fight.
(Here’s a link to GIFs of both hits: http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-11-13/nazem-kadri-elbows-injured-josh-harding-gif?eadid=SOC/Twi/SNMain)
No one will ever know what would have happened had somebody in the game stepped up and given Kadri an old-fashioned lesson after the hit on Backstrom. There’s no doubt that he deserved it, however. Officials eventually ejected him, but not before he had the opportunity to injury at least two other good players. This is a perfect example of what happens when a player goes “rogue” and isn’t reminded that he’s playing a sport with a code. Remove fighting from the NHL, and incidences like Kadri’s intent to kill are going to happen more and more often. If you don’t want to see skill players and goalies get pummeled by an idiot, keep fighting in the game and let the boys police themselves to some degree. No matter how hefty of a suspension Nazem Kadri receives from Shanahan today, it would not have protected Nino or Granlund (who, by the way, is also not practicing today—reasons undisclosed). The refs did not protect them. Maybe a good ass-whooping would have.
PS: I realize that Wild players were not restrained from fighting Kadri at any point; that was a choice by them to stay out of it. I do not respect that choice. Bad Wild.
Rosea Lake’s powerful image about women & wardrobe.
“If you see a girl wearing something you see as distasteful, then you automatically discount them as a person and you don’t give them the opportunity to really be somebody in your eyes,” said Lake, 18. “And that’s really shameful.”
Source: The Star.
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It’s that time of year folks. Hockey season is once again upon us. There’s a lot to love about hockey season: the fights, the rivalries, the new divisions—the Quest for the Cup begins now. One of the most important thing to love about hockey season is the sexy, sexy men that grace our television sets for 9 months out of the year. Come one, come all and appreciate my 2nd annual edition of the 30 Hottest of the NHL (inspired by Cosmo.com). I dare not attempt to order these, so the “ranking” means nothing. (
well maybe it means a little bit of something but I’m not going to say it because I can’t even).Sit back and enjoy, hockey fans, HOCKEY IS BACK.
1. Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
The face of the NHL, the Prince of Hockey. Any girl would give her left boob for the chance to divert Crosby’s attention from his sport for a day or two. Strong, intense, focused; tall, dark, and handsome. I’m actually convinced he’s any low-maintenance, sports-addicted person’s dream guy. I console myself by believing that he’s asexual for anything but the game.
2. Patrick Sharp - Chicago Blackhawks
Voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans by Chicago Magazine, this family-man prankster has a smile to melt hearts, a jawline to rival male models’, and really just the best teeth I’ve ever seen on a hockey player. Also, a little bit of a Patrick Dempsey look-a-like. Ya feeling me?
3. Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado Avalanche
The 21-year-old Swede is one of the youngest captains in the NHL. Typical Scandinavian good looks, a killer smile, and wonderful habit of tweeting adorable comments about adorable kids. Really, he’s one of my favorite hockey personalities on Twitter, adding a little feminist streak to the bunch. Social consciousness is so sexy on a man, really. Landy manages to capture everything a good man should be: Muscular, light-hearted, connected with his fans, open, and a strong leader on the ice. Just get lost in his million-dollar-smile and blue eyes, people. Do it.
4. Henrik Lundqvist - NY Rangers
King Henrik has the fashion sense of a god, and he’s also one of the best goaltenders in the NHL year-in and year-out. This man really just has it all—the hair, the dark sexy eyes, the earth-shattering smile… bow down.
5. Zach Parise - Minnesota Wild
The former captain of New Jersey returned to his roots last season, ending up with the Minnesota Wild. He’s quickly become royalty in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and why wouldn’t he be? Hard-working, a killer smile, top-notch hockey pedigree, and a scoring touch that is absolutely transforming the State of Hockey while also looking to make a splash in the Olympics for the USA this year. God bless America.
6. Andrew Ference - Edmonton Oilers
Fernuckle is really just an all-around good guy. Another socially conscious athlete, with his hands in too many charities to mention, he’s passionate about looking like a little bit of a hipster and saving the environment. He was traded from Boston to Edmonton after their Stanley Cup heartbreak and was elected captain by the first preseason game. If that doesn’t tell you something about his character, nothing will. Hats off to you and your tattoos, Mr. Ference.
7. Jason Zucker - Minnesota Wild
This is a little bit cheating, since strictly speaking he was cut from the MN Wild’s roster yesterday to head down to their AHL affiliate in Iowa, but you can bet you’ll be seeing this guy back in The Show soon. Blazing speed and an eye for net make this young forward a mesmerizing player to watch, and some ripped ads and healthy scruff will keep your eyes on him off the ice too. He’s really too perfect to keep off this list, despite a temporary setback. Look out world, Zucks is coming for you.
8. Carey Price - Montreal Canadiens
The redneck Canadian goaltender is about as endearing as they come. If you need a good laugh, check out the All-Star shotout from the 2011-2012 season, when he’s mic’ed up in net. 100% real, 100% goalie strange. Keep doin’ you, Carey; when you’re this handsome, you can get away with it.
9. Ryan Kesler - Vancouver Canucks
Nobody likes the Canucks. It’s a fact. Nobody can deny that Ryan Kesler is sexy. Also a fact. No matter how many times he gets called out for diving and whining, you can’t help but appreciate what this guy’s working with. Someday his daughter is going to have to deal with a lot of friends having really weird crushes on this hot daddy.
10. Scottie Upshall - Florida Panthers
I literally know nothing about this guy. Nothing at all. He tweets sometimes? It’s okay, I probably wouldn’t be able to say anything if he was staring at me like this in real life anyway.
11. Paul Bissonnette - Phoenix Coyotes
Bissonnette is that class clown, go-nowhere guy that your mom warned you about. Except then he grew up, got 32x hotter, somehow scored an NHL contract, and is pretty much living everybody’s dream of supermodels, partying, getting paid to work out, and being encouraged to punch people who piss him off. #wheelsfordays
12. Brandon Prust - Montreal Canadiens
I don’t really understand what makes Prust so attractive. He’s certainly a good ol’ Canadian boy, known for doing the dirty work on the ice to make his teammates look good. There’s definitely something to be said for the kind of man whose ego can take not being the star.
13. James Neal - Pittsburgh Penguins
THE HAIR. Really. The smile. The goofy sense of humor. The merciless jokes that he takes from his team and loves every second of it. Nealer would be a real catch, even if he is second-fiddle to his smoldering captain.
14. Jonathan Toews - Chicago Blackhawks
Toews lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in his young career last season, after leading the Blackhawks to one of the most impressive winning streaks of recent days. If success isn’t a big enough turn on for you, just focus on that little boy face and bedroom eyes. The paradox is enough to kill a grown man, or woman, or really anything that looks at him for more than 5 minutes. PS: He speaks French fluently. Epouse-moi s’il vous plaît?
15. The Staals (From L to R: Jared, Jordan, Eric, Marc) - Carolina Hurricanes/NY Rangers
How many times have 4/4 brothers made it to the NHL? How many times have they been this good-looking? Well done, Staal parents.
16. Tyler Seguin - Dallas Stars
Oh, Segs. Apparently he got traded, at least in part, because the Bruins were sick of him partying better than he played, which surprised exactly zero people. I want to mother him and take body shots off of him at the same time, and I’m pretty sure the fans in Dallas are going to deal with similar conflicted feelings for as long as he’s there. Hopefully he’ll mature his life and his game a little bit and that will be a long, long time.
17. Marcus Foligno - Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres aren’t really known for much, other than clearing house and sending their captain to join the host of other big-name newbies in Minnesota last year, but this kid certainly looks like he’s got the determination to turn things around. Or he’ll at least make losses a little more bearable.
18. Jeff Skinner - Carolina Hurricanes
The kid has been shaking things up for his team since he was drafted in 2010, and his list of accomplishments is about as big as his smile: Youngest player ever in an NHL All-Star Game, youngest athlete in any of the big 4 North American sports to play in an all-star game… Okay, actually that list isn’t that long, but it’s cute and impressive and can only get bigger, much like Skins.
19. Davis Drewiske - Montreal Canadiens
I have so many friends who know this guy. They all say he’s a quality individual, and I wouldn’t dare disagree. Midwest boys are the best.
20. Cody Franson - Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs don’t have much going for them from year-to-year. This is one of the few.
21. MIchael Del Zotto - NY Rangers
Del Zotto is young and streaky, but he’s also really, really good-looking. I mean, Hank is streaky and hot, too, and he works out pretty well for the Rangers, so at least they have a theme going.
22. Luke Schenn - Philadelphia Flyers
Luke is definitely the lesser-known of the Schenn brothers, though both of them play in Philadelphia. What he lacks in talent he more than makes up for in adorable smiling and showing up his brother with better bone structure.
23. Claude Giroux - Philadelphia Flyers
Giroux. If you hate him, you really hate him; if you love him, you really love him. Whichever side you fall on, you can’t deny he’s a gorgeous guy with gorgeous flow. I, for one, have nothing against him since he plays nowhere near my team. (For some fun man-candy, check out this adorable video of Giroux and Biznasty’s date at the NHL Awards, something I wish would happen far more often.)
24. Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets
I almost feel bad that a guy with this much swag gets stuck in Winnipeg. Just google his haircuts and you’ll see what I mean.
25. Patrick Kane - Chicago Blackhawks
Oh, Kaner. What is there to say about him that hasn’t been said? Conn Smythe winner, two-time Stanley Cup champion, owner of the sickest stick-handling video anyone’s ever seen, dancer of the Kaner shuffle. He’s certainly seemed to have settled down and grown up since his first years in the league, leading to more and more impressive play.
26. Duncan Keith - Chicago Blackhawks
Yet another member of the reigning champions makes an appearance in Duncan Keith, the former Norris Trophy winner and ultra-reliable defenseman. He only makes this list when he’s had his dental work done, however. You don’t want to see him without it.
27. Alex Pietrangelo - St. Louis Blues
Doesn’t this one just look like a nice boy-next-door type? Look out for Pietrangelo’s Pesky Blues in 2013-2014.
28. Patrik Berglund - St. Louis Blues
Another Blue on the list, the Swede was a hit in 2008-2009 but hasn’t made a huge difference since, except in the hearts of fans who desperately need something nice to look at, because there’s nothing else to do in St. Louis. As a side note, hockey players should not be allowed to hold baby animals. It’s not fair.
29. Colin Wilson - Nashville Predators
Not going to pretend to know anything about this guy, but any information is very much appreciated.
30. Antoine Vermette - Phoenix Coyotes
Brought to my attention by a lovely friend who has recently moved to Arizona. He’s a bit of an Ashton Kutcher look-a-like, and exactly 1/3 of the reasons to ever care about the Coyotes. Bissonnette’s fights and Bissonnette’s Twitter are the other 2/3.
Chicago Blackhawks - 4
Carolina Hurricanes - 4
NY Rangers - 3
Montreal Canadiens - 3
Phoenix Coyotes - 2
St. Louis Blues - 2
Minnesota Wild - 2
Philadelphia Flyers - 2
Pittsburgh Penguins - 2
Colorado Avalanche - 1
Edmonton Oilers - 1
Nashville Predators - 1
Winnipeg Jets - 1
Toronto Maple Leafs - 1
Buffalo Sabres - 1
Dallas Stars - 1
Florida Panthers - 1
Vancouver Canucks -1
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Coming off a successful 2012-2013 season that left many fans befuddled by an early NCAA tournament exit and heartbroken watching many of their favorites leave for professional leagues, Gopher Hockey has a lot to prove this season. Here are 5 players that have the chance to change a rebuilding year into a successful season.
1. Adam Wilcox (Soph-G)
It’s not fair to expect Wilcox to match the incredible statistical success of his freshman campaign (1.88 GA/.921 save percentage/25-8-5), but the South St. Paul native needs to find a way to elevate his play even more in the 2013-2014 season. With his defensive core depleted by the Great Gopher Exodus, Wilcox will likely be facing more shots with less protection than he had last year, accompanied by an offense that is unlikely to produce as many goals. Aggressive goaltending and rebound control will be key for the success of the entire defense, and thus the team.
2. Mike Reilly (Soph-D)
The Gophers lost their top three defenders to the pros in the offseason, making the entire defense a question mark. Mike Reilly, who showed moments of brilliance and some of the most questionable decisions of the season, is going to be forced into a leadership role in back. Look for him to fill into Schmidt’s role from last season, quarterbacking the power play and venturing into the offense. However, consistency on the blue line and smart decision-making are going to be key for Reilly’s success.
3. Hudson Fasching (Fr-F)
The incoming freshmen for the University of Minnesota have been highly touted for their goal-scoring abilities, a necessary attribute for a team hoping to replace the likes of Nick Bjugstad and Erik Haula. Fasching, a native of Minnesota who has been playing with the US development team, brings size, physicality, and pure shooting to the table, which will be a necessary compliment to the speed and agility of our returning forwards.
4. Kyle Rau (Jr-F)
Speaking of those returning forwards, newly appointed captain Kyle Rau will be looked at to lead scoring and provide a finishing touch in front of the net. This is going to be a bit of a role change for the on-ice instigator who has always had Bjugstad to provide set-up play and back up him up when he starts chirping. However, his gritty work in the corners and incredible potential has always made him a big name in Minnesota. If he can improve his initial shot and increase his possession ability, Rau should be an integral part of a new-looking offensive unit.
5. Sam Warning (Jr-F)
Warning is another returning forward looking to improve on his injury-riddled 2012-2013 season. When he was playing, however, the junior showed an eye for goal and good composure in the zone. Warning is exactly the kind of player that Minnesota needs to step up if its offense is going to produce consistently. A complete healthy season from him should give the Gophers some much-needed scoring ability and creativity on offense.