Kukla's Korner Hockey
Some of the injuries, hits and penalties you may have missed last night.
Then we have a not so typical head-butt from Ben Bishop on Rick Nash...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Set to Bastille’s “Pompeii,” the video began with a shot of St. Louis with his hands on the top of his stick, head down and shuffling his skates during a pregame introduction, which was followed by a quick montage of goal celebrations through the seasons. That was followed by a replay of the triple-overtime, series-clinching goal St. Louis scored against the Washington Capitals during the 2003 first-round series, the first playoff series victory in franchise history.
That cut away to “With our sincere gratitude” before a replay of the double-overtime goal St. Louis scored against Calgary during the 2004 Stanley Cup final.
Then “For 13 seasons’’ flashed up on the board followed by a picture of the center-ice scene when the Lightning won the Cup, with a zoomed-in shot of a bleeding St. Louis with a smile on his face....
As the video concluded, St. Louis came off the New York bench, raised his glove to the fans and touched the glove to his chest, which he did on two occasions as the applause turned into a standing ovation.
“I was very flattered by the ovation, and I wanted to give them the proper thank you,” St. Louis said. “It was great, it brought up a lot of memories, I felt I wanted to give them the thank you that they deserved.’’
Watch the tribute video below...
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Avs lose 3-2, on a late Bryan Bickell goal. I interviewed him earlier in the day, and told him to enjoy the goal he would score in the game, because almost every single time I interview an opposing player on the day of a game, they score a goal. I mean, it’s spooky. So, you can blame me for the loss I guess.
The Avs blamed the referees for the loss too. Patrick Roy and Alex Tanguay both verbalized their displeasure in the disparity in power-play time (almost 10 minutes to less than three minutes). Do I think the Avs got jobbed by the refs too? A little, yeah, but the best team won tonight. That’s the bottom line.
But the Blackhawks should have won. They were a rested, healthy team playing a team missing TEN regular players, one that played the night before on the road. So, congrats on a one-goal win I guess.
Watch Patrick Roy post-game below...
Just about 4 1/2 minutes of action from Wednesday night...
Wishing all KK members, readers and followers on Twitter the best on this day.
Enjoy your time with family and friends and cherish the moments spent with them.
My plan for today is a morning update then the rest of the day relaxing and munching on a cajun turkey with all the fixings.
Friday, back to a regular hockey day for me.
“We can’t start to just tear everything down, we have to get a solid plan as we go forward here of how we can get this team to win a Stanley Cup. We’re a long ways from that where our record is today — we all realize that — we just can’t panic here and make major changes unless they’re going to help us in the future.”
-Bob Nicholson,viice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group on Prime Time Sports this evening. More from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet and you can listen/watch the whole interview too.
from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean,
PETA wants Predators fans to stop throwing catfish onto the ice after goals.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Predators on Wednesday and offered to ship 1,000 plastic fish in exchange for prohibiting the practice.
While the practice of throwing a catfish is not a routine after every goal at Predators at Bridgestone Arena, a catfish was thrown out after Ryan Ellis' goal during the second period in Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles.
The tradition goes back more than a decade as a Music City response to Detroit's octopus.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,
The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury."
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week."
"We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nicely so we're hoping for the former but we don't want to say it's five or six days and then it's 14 so we'll leave it at that.
"If it was a skater, this would be moment to moment, but he's a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you're a butterfly goalie. We're not taking any risks here. We want him at 100 (percent) and Jake (Allen) can cover the load for a little while here."
Below, watch how Elliott was injured....
My plan for Thanksgiving Day is do the normal morning update, although it may be a little later than usual.
After that, it is couch time with turkey, football and perhaps a short nap.
There is one NHL game on Thursday, Edmonton at Nashville at 8pm ET and of course if anything big happens in the hockey world, I will certainly cover it.
Otherwise, I will see you on Friday.
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