Saturday, April 9, 2011

Around the Rinks: Mac-Attack, Ger-Beauty, Senior Hart?

Don’t Mess With Mac

For a second straight year the Edmonton Oilers will finish dead last in the NHL, but they didn’t go down without a fight in their final home game on Friday night.

The first period of a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild featured two game misconducts, four 10-minute misconducts, six major penalties and an even 100 penalty minutes! For you math whizzes out there, that equals out to five penalty minutes for each minute played in that opening frame! While the Oilers ended up losing the game, they certainly won the three fights we were treated to early on:

Theo Peckham worked over Clayton Stoner in the opening seconds, JF Jacques got the best of Brad Staubitz a couple of minutes later and Steve MacIntyre laid such a hurting on Staubitz near the midway point of the period that they didn’t even give out two fighting majors!

After the game, MacIntyre wouldn’t say a bad word about Staubitz when asked about him “turtling” during the fight, saying instead:

"I'm there for the boys - it might be the end of the season, but you know what, it's who I am and it's what I'm going to stand for. I didn't think it was that great of a hit and I tried to make it right."

I dare you to try and dislike this guy. I dare you!

He’s the ultimate teammate – a guy who is completely fine with his role and playing one or two minutes a night (if that), and a guy who will hop the boards and defend any one of “the boys” at the drop of a hat. Go Mac!

Trash Talk Fail

If you ever played hockey with me or against me, you’ll know that I like to talk my fair share of trash – I can’t help it!

Well, sometimes running your yap can backfire on you, and that is exactly what happened to Philadelphia Flyers agitator Dan Carcillo on Friday night at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. Replays showed Carcillo patting Buffalo’s Nathan Gerbe on the head after the whistle at some point, likely a shot at the fact that he’s only 5-foot-5, but the Sabres forward would have the last laugh.

Buffalo needed at least a point to clinch a playoff spot, and with less than 10 minutes to go, Gerbe brought the puck into the Philly zone and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with a spinning backhander from the high slot:

What a goal!

Mighty Duck

With the season winding down, it’s time to start thinking about who should get what when it comes to individual awards this summer.

Corey Perry’s name is starting to come up quite a bit in Hart Trophy conversations, especially since he potted his 50th goal of the year earlier this week. There’s no question that the Anaheim Ducks forward has certainly played a major role in getting his club to the playoffs, but the way Teemu Selanne is playing, I wish there was a “Senior” Hart and a “Junior” Hart they could give out!

Selanne scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the LA Kings on Thursday to punch Anaheim’s ticket to the postseason, giving him 31 goals on the season. That makes him just the third 40-year-old player in the history of the NHL to crack the 30-goal mark!

It’s amazing to think that 18 years ago Selanne was smashing the record for goals by a rookie, and he’s still scoring!

The best part of this video is the cameo by Quebec Nordiques defenceman Adam Foote, who retired this week!

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