Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goals of the Week!

Another week has come and gone in the NHL as we inch closer to the new year, and that means it’s time for another installment of the Goals of the Week!

This time around, we’ve got a pretty tic-tac-toe play, a last-second game winner, some nifty passing from the twins and a couple of Bruins topping the list. Think you know which goals I’m talking about? Let’s see!

5. Brooks Laich

Checking in at number five this week is Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who starts and finishes some nice passing by his club in a win over the NJ Devils.




4. Martin Erat

The Nashville Predators scored a major come from behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last week, and it all came down to this Martin Erat goal with 8.4 seconds to go in the third period!




3. Alex Burrows

Sometimes Alex Burrows just seems like the luckiest guy in the NHL, doesn’t he? Check out this feed from Daniel Sedin to Burrows, after a nice play by Henrik Sedin to enter the Minnesota zone.




2. Brad Marchand

He was big for Team Canada a few years ago at the World Juniors, and he’s been pretty big for the Boston Bruins lately – if you don’t believe me, check out the goal Brad Marchand scored against the Canadiens last week!




1. Benoit Pouliot

The Boston Bruins absolutely embarrassed the Florida Panthers in an 8-0 blowout last Friday, but I’m not sure who left that game feeling worse – the Panthers, or Panthers defenceman Dmitri Kulikov, who was completely victimized by Boston forward Benoit Pouliot!




What the Puck?

You know things aren’t going your way when you tear your hamstring trying to get onto the ice for a line change. Just ask Martin Havlat!




Poor guy. It doesn’t get much worse than that!

Monday, December 26, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Tuesday!

On this holiday edition of 15MOF, we take a look at HBO’s 24/7 series featuring the Rangers & Flyers, hidden concussions, the status of the Edmonton Oilers, the struggle of NHL goalies and language controversy in Montreal. As well, we take a look at the early stages of the World Junior Hockey Championships!

In the GABBYs: Logan Morrison, the Indianapolis Colts, Luke Babbitt, Kim Jong Il, the NY Knicks & the Vancouver riots. The Punchline this week is San Jose Sharks forward Marty Havlat!





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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have A Hockey Jolly Christmas

Whether you were naughty or nice this year, Christmas is finally upon us…but are you in the holiday spirit yet?

If not, I’ve got just the thing for you!

For some people eggnog does the trick and for others it’s repetitive seasonal music, but for many of us, nothing says Christmas like funny holiday-themed viral videos made by sports teams! As soon as you see these gems start to appear, you know the big day is just around the corner…so consider this my present to you!

In honor of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships getting underway on Boxing Day, let’s start with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You!”

Take it away boys:




If “Stairway to Heaven” is classic rock, then “Jingle Bells” is classic Christmas…and the Florida Panthers did their best this holiday season to absolutely sleigh it!




HA! Didn’t think you’d see Kris Versteeg in there did you? As if he’d pass up a chance to get in front of a microphone!

This last video might just be the best of the bunch – after doing the singing thing last year, the San Jose Sharks decided to switch it up this holiday season. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: The Sharks Holiday Shopping Network!




Aren’t those videos great? If you’re still in need of a little bit more holiday cheer, the Red Wings, Canadiens, Coyotes and Capitals also put out vids!

Now get off the computer and go open some presents! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Goals of the Week!

We’re through another week of action in the NHL and I’ve got to say, this may have been the toughest one so far when it comes to whittling my list of potential Goals of the Week down to a top five!

Cracking the list this time around is a beautiful spinning backhander, some slick breakaway moves, a bit of between the legs magic, a clutch play from a young forward and a one-man show at the United Center!

Let’s go!

5. Tyler Bozak

Toronto’s Tyler Bozak checks in at number five this week, corralling some knee-high sauce from Phil Kessel and hitting the top shelf with a spinning backhander over the shoulder of Roberto Luongo. Beauty!




4. Patrice Bergeron

The Ottawa Senators were quite charitable in their own end this past week, and one of the beneficiaries of that fine humanitarian work was Boston forward Patrice Bergeron – check out the moves on this breakaway!




3. Kris Versteeg

The Sens weren’t the only team feeling generous inside their own blue line this week – New Jersey’s Adam Larsson gave Florida’s Stephen Weiss an absolute gift last Tuesday…He didn’t want it though, so he re-gifted it to Kris Versteeg, who went between the legs for the opening goal of the game:




2. Jordan Eberle

After a solid start, the Edmonton Oilers have fallen on some tough times lately, and that continued with a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. One bright spot this season though, win or lose, has been the play of the young guys. Don’t believe me? Check out this dangle by Jordan Eberle!




1. Patrick Sharp

There were a lot of unreal goals scored last week in the NHL, but for my money, none were better than this beauty from Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. He picks up the puck near the Anaheim blue line and barrels right through a crowd of four Ducks players, before going bar-and-in on Jonas Hiller. Spectacular stuff!




What the Puck?

The WTP honors this week go to Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, who made an unbelievable save in a game against the Vancouver Canucks. I bet Keith Ballard is still dreaming about the one that got away:




You know he was already thinking about a celly before that one even left his stick!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

It’s that time again folks – we’re back with a fresh episode of everyone’s favorite internet sports show: 15 Minutes of Fame!

This week on the show we’re talking about another concussion-filled week in the NHL, and going through the list of hired and fired coaches from around the league. As well, we react to the big news from last week in the CFL: The Edmonton Eskimos traded quarterback Ricky Ray, the face of the franchise, to the Toronto Argonauts.

In the GABBYs: Derek Jeter, Tebowing, Patrick Chan, the National Basketball League, fighting in hockey, Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers. The Punchline this week is the washrooms at the MTS Centre!



See something you think should be a GABBY? You can get a hold of us on Twitter @15MinutesYEG, “Like” us on Facebook or shoot us an email at 15MinutesYEG@gmail.com!

For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Goals of the Week!

It seems like Christmas keeps coming early when we’re talking about beauty goals from around the NHL, and this past week was no different!

In this edition of the GOTW, we’ve got some solid hand-eye coordination, a nifty overtime winner, a couple of pretty passing plays and a pretty awesome individual effort to round things out.

Let’s go!

5. Joe Pavelski

This guy is all kinds of clutch in the playoffs, but he’s not bad during the regular season either! Watch as Joe Pavelski tracks down this Josh Harding rebound with a spinning swing of the stick. Also: listen to the ridiculous comment made by the commentator before the goal about the number of shots the Sharks have in the game.




4. Claude Giroux

He has featured before on my list, and we all knew he’d be back – check out the dirty mitts on Claude Giroux on this breakaway in overtime! It seems like this guy is just money from anywhere on the ice this season, so hopefully he’s back from that concussion soon.




3. Jiri Hudler

The Detroit Red Wings pulverized the Winnipeg Jets last weekend 7-1, and it looks like Jiri Hudler and the Wings saved the best for last. Check out the nice little passing play that ensues after Dustin Byfuglien coughs up the puck in his own end (Start at the 10:10 mark)!




2. Ville Leino

This goal is all about second effort and soft hands – the Sabres turn the puck over in the offensive zone but manage to recover and make the Flyers pay. A couple of backhand passes later, Ville Leino tosses it into a wide-open net.




1. Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno was the relatively easy choice for number one this week – watch him make the Washington Capitals look a bit silly at the tail end of an Ottawa Senators power play. He skates untouched through just about everyone before tapping the puck into the net with one hand. Beauty!




What the Puck?

We’re going to switch it up a bit this week - instead of talking about Ryan Miller getting a puck in the face or Artem Anisimov shooting down his opponents, here’s a beauty clip from a Gonger playing out in Colorado.

Check out my buddy Adam Chorneyko of the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles “Tebowing” after he puts the biscuit in the basket!




Top-notch beauty!

Monday, December 12, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we’re talking NHL realignment and how the Coyotes might mess it all up, another big week of “Shanabans,” and lots of controversy in the NBA as the new CBA comes into effect.

In the GABBYs: Tiger Woods, the Marlins and Angels, MLSE, dress codes, Tyler Seguin and Bob Vander Weide. The Punchline this week is Patrick Chan!




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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Over-Celebrating?

It seems like over-celebrating has been all the rage in the world of sports over the past few months, and that trend continued on Thursday night in the NHL!

From “Tebowing” and “The Burris” in the NFL, to Arron Asham’s controversial “Go to Sleep” move earlier this season, it seems like guys just keep on finding new ways to express themselves out there. Well, you can add New York Rangers “sniper” Artem Anisimov to that list!

Things got ugly at MSG after Anisimov scored a beautiful shorthanded goal to put his club up 2-1 over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. As he skated away from the net, Anisimov morphed into a Teemu Selanne/Tim Tebow hybrid, flipping his stick around, dropping to one knee and pretending to “shoot” Bolts goalie Mathieu Garon!




As you can see, the Lightning players didn’t take too kindly to that move, resulting in a total of 38 penalty minutes handed out afterwards.

If you’re wondering why the Bolts were so sensitive on Thursday, they’d had a pretty bad day up to that point. Martin St. Louis took a Dominic Moore shot off the face at the team’s morning skate and had to sit out, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 499.

At the end of the day though, they got the two points – Moore scored a shorthanded goal to tie it in the third and then potted the shootout winner.

Back to Anisimov’s celebration though – was it really that bad? I think you’ve got to at least give him credit for doing something we haven’t seen before!

What do you think: Should Anisimov retire the Teemu Tebow?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Goals of the Week!

As we enter the third month of the NHL season, the beauty goals just keep on coming!

This week’s Goals of the Week list features some slick passing plays, a couple of beauty dekes, an unreal second effort and a long distance give-and-go.

Let’s get right to it!

5. Steven Stamkos

The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t get off to a great start this season, but Steven Stamkos sure did! Check out this killer give-and-go with Matt Gilroy late in the second period of a loss to the Red Wings. What a snipe!



4. Kyle Brodziak

Everybody loves a good second effort goal, and that’s exactly what we saw from Minnesota Wild forward Kyle Brodziak this week. Ilya Kovalchuk coughs it up at his own blue line and Brodziak takes it to the net and taps it home on his third attempt. Beauty!



3. Colin Wilson

Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson checks in at number three this week – he takes a nice dish from David Legwand and goes backhand, forehand, shelf on a sprawling Roberto Luongo.



2. Ales Hemsky

Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky has some sick mitts, and that was on full display when he scored a beauty goal this week in a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shawn Horcoff brings the puck into the Jackets zone and hits Hemsky with some beauty sauce, and he does the rest.



1. Ryan Getzlaf

The Anaheim Ducks have hit a serious rough patch in their season over the last month or so, but as bad as they might be playing, there are a few reasons you just can’t count them out. Don’t believe me? Check out this wicked passing play between Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.



What the Puck?

Two words: Paulina Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky apparently had a chat with his daughter about how she was using social media this past week, which led to The Other Great One shutting down her Twitter account.

She's back, but she likely won't be making headlines like she was before, with Papa Gretzky keeping a close eye on her!

Monday, December 5, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Happy Monday!

We’re talking coaching changes, Rookie of the Month awards and trade rumors this week on 15 Minutes of Fame. Also: the Argos are fined for tampering and the groups are set for Euro 2012.

In the GABBYs: Ryan Jones, Ryan Jimmo, Marshawn Lynch, Nick Novak, Wayne Gretzky and the Chinese Basketball Association. This week’s Punchline is Ryan Miller!




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For last week's episode, click here. Thanks for watching!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Goals of the Week!

What’s that old saying – better late than never?

Another week has come and gone in the NHL, and half of another week has also come and gone, but I’ve finally got the Goals of the Week for you, from the week of November 21st.

It was quite the week in the league – a triumphant return for a young star, another couple of stars in the making continued to rack up the highlight reel goals, and a couple of veterans showed off their dangles as well. This week in the What the Puck section, you’ll see the many sides of Cal Clutterbuck’s game!

5. Jason Spezza

Jason Spezza is off to a hot start this season, and that was really showcased on Sunday when he took a pass up the middle of the ice, skated through three Hurricanes players and beat Cam Ward with a nice move.




4. Pavel Datsyuk

You just never know when Pavel Datsyuk is going to show off a bit of magic – on Friday it happened early in the second period against Boston when he corralled a saucer pass, kicked the puck up to his stick and put it past Tuukka Rask.




3. Alex Pietrangelo

It takes a lot to make Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury look silly, but Alex Pietrangelo did just that on Wednesday! With less than a minute to go in overtime against the Pens, the Blues defenceman snuck in from the point and dangled Fleury out of his jock strap!




2. Jeff Skinner

When the words “Jeff Skinner” and “spin-o-rama” are in the same sentence, you know you’re in for something special. Enough said.




1. Sidney Crosby

How could this goal not be the top goal of the week? Just 5:24 into his season debut, Sidney Crosby broke up a play in his own end, took a pass in the neutral zone, went around a defenceman and roofed it on the Islanders goalie. What a beauty that guy is!




What the Puck?

It was quite a week for Minnesota Wild agitator Cal Clutterbuck. First, he potted this hilarious shorty to give his team a “W” against Nashville, then he scored a beauty against the Flames…then he did this:




Would you want Clutterbuck on your team?