While it was a relatively tame opening “tee up” episode, it still had us glued, and there were a few entertaining moments. The HBO production literally made a closing door seem epic.
Among the highlights, a mic’d up Joffrey Lupul took on Slava Voynov after taking a high cross check to the face, firing Nazem Kadri up on the bench:
Randy Carlyle tangoed with a malfunctioning toaster, calling in the assistance of a member of the maintenance staff who stuck his hand in to fish it out.
Jonathan Bernier reminds the dressing room that the Bruins are to be despised:
I was it the Erie @ Guelph game tonight. First off, props to Guelph, sell-out crown of 4700+, and the barn was lively. There were a plethora of scouts out for tonight's game.
Some thoughts: Connor Brown overall is a project to make the NHL. Seeing him live, he's going to need to become an above-average skater in the NHL to have success. He distributes, see the ice well, has a shifty escapeable elements, but speed is the skill that will make him dangerous. Not much bite to his game, but is defensively responsible. He was first out to kill a 5-3. Overall though, Connor Brown is the kind of kid who is unlikely to make it, but if he really makes big strides and puts the work in where he needs to in order to make it, he'll be a point producer in the NHL.
Matt Finn, I didn't pay much attention to him. But he was logging a lot of minutes so he was there. To be honest, you didn't really notice him, in a good way. Plays a very simple and smart game, and makes good decisions. I think the difference between him and Percy is Percy has tremendious poise and patience which buys him time to make the plays he does, and make his reads. Finn seems have to have a better instinctive feel to the game, so he knows what he wants to do in advance. He anticipates the pressure, his outlets, and usually makes the right decision without much delay. His hands and puck control are very good, and is his skating. He certainly should naturally progress as he ages into NHL calibre skating, as his strides seem fluid, edgework crisp, and footwork is pretty good.
The only drawback as you all might have heard is he really is not involved physically. He is as physical as Carl Gunnarson or Jake Gardiner, if that makes sense. Physicality is strictly limited preventing players from getting to the net or boxing out. He is not the type to funnel to outside to hit on the sideboards. He is not the type to stand you up with a big hit. He is not going to come into a corner and out muscle you. Having said that, it will be interesting to see if it hampers his effectiveness as a pro, or if he has enough hockey IQ to make up for it.
how much do you guys think we resign jake gardiner for ? i would go 4 years at 3.5 if he continues to play at the level he is right now
http://s265.photobucket.com/user/Sim_25/media/PHANEUF.jpg.html <---- just a sweet wallpaper of Dion
You're better than them
The best of them all
Now go out and beat them
As I drew in my head
And was turning around
Along came Carlyle
With a loud whooping sound
He was dressed all in blue
from his head to his toes
He had his lines ready
They came in their rows
He was chubby and plump
A right jolly old fellow
And I knew right then
That our team would turn yellow
His eyes how they twinkled
His dimples how merry
His cheeks were like roses
His nose like a cherry
His droll little mouth
Was drawn up like a bow
The hair on his head
Was as white as the snow
He spoke not a word
But went straight to his work
He had players on leashes
And he'd give them a jerk
With a wink of his eye
And a twist of his head
And I felt in my stomach
The begginings of dread
He gave me the finger
As he went on ahead
I dove under my covers
And hid in my bed
But I heard him exclaim
As he went on his way
It's Hockey Night in Canada
Happy New Years Day!
Twas the night before New Years
And all around town,
Not a creature was stiring
C'ept Alfy,the clown
The rest of the Wings nestled
All snug in their beds
With the thoughts of a victory
clear in their heads
With Mike (Babcock) in his kirchief
And I (Ken Holland) in my cap
We'd just settled down
For a long winters nap
But out at the airport
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed, to see
What was the matter
Away to the window
I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters
And threw up the sash
The moon on the breast
Of the new fallen snow
Gave the luster of midday
To objects below
I stood and I gazed
Nearly crapped in my briefs
I knew in my head it was
The Toronto Maple Leafs
More rapid than eagles
on ice skates they came
Joe Bown whistled and shouted
And called them by name
Now Dion and Gardiner
Rielly and Reimer
Kadri and Kessel
Lupul and JVR
Lucic getting in a little dust up in Vancity (Guessing so).
Check out this Connor Brown shootout goal
big marlies win today with Broll, Ashton and Ross scoring. A lot of skilled, grit and size in the system. I hope Ashton can put it together at the NHL level cause he is too good for the Ahl and has all the tools to be a real good 3rd liner in this league
I also have no where to have this "BOOK IT" kinda marked in history, but..... There's this kid Marc Stevens, 2014 eligible this year. He was left off the NHL prelim ranking this year, 96 birthday. He played 3 games last year, so he's a rookie. Son of a former OHLer, older brother is playing at Mercyhurst (NCAA, in the top #25 I'm pretty sure) and his uncle is John Stevens, LA Kings asst. coach.
First off, this kid can skate pretty well. His skating is stands out among some of the other Storm prospects like McGinn, Kosmachuck. He's 6'1 and has room to fill in. Plays a solid defensive game. But I really see something in his smarts, I really think there's something there in terms of a guy who's not even on the board but he probably will by year's end.
And fixed it so the Bills lost all those Superbowls. I'm jealous you're seeing it for the first time.
@Shift_Disturber1 Loved it.
What a classless puke!
The Red Wings will have all this soon enough, as soon as their new arena is finished in a few years
Best facilities in the league. Montreal goes the opposite and their visitor dressing rooms are a joke.. no class, just a bunch of old farts in Montreal.
@Jay31 why isn't Connor Brown on Team Canada?
@Tim Horton Hope you're OK man. That's nasty.
@Tim Horton hope everyone is alright man, thats brutal
@Tim Horton Jeez that sucks
Not to be a downer but we do not have a lot of skill in our system. Ashton is a 4th liner and even then I see a guy like Broll having a better future in that role.
@mlclearwater he's hard to move off the puck and plays like someone spit in his cornflakes...i like him
@PEIleafnation Switch that. Reimer knows the Penguins well and they're missing Malkin and Neal.
Courtesy truck with the dealer's name on the windshield.
@Bruffins play like we did against Chicago and we should have a good game
@Alec Brownscombe Can you elaborate on that comment Alex? Do the sponsors know if Adblocker is being used? I don't mind Ads, but the videos are a nuisance. They play when other videos are playing and they take up bandwidth. If it affects the support of this site and I can disable it for particular sites, as @BPsotka states, I will follow suit and remove it for this site also.
@Alec Brownscombe Really? It's now been disabled for this domain in the future.
@Knights2Leafs They put a mat over it and had the laundry hamper there.
i didn't notice it when Lups went to the dressing room after his 5 min for fighting
I loved how they were versatile with the series so they could actually do a few comedy episodes once in a while.
Make sure you watch the first X-File movie at the right time. Can't remember what season it came after but it links the two seasons. The movie is really well done.
@PEIleafnation Bernier is hot? I had no idea.
It was there earlier in the show. Maybe covered during the game.