Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/06/12 at 06:27 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
June 25, 2013 -- One reporter's look back at a spectacular NHL season:
October 11: On Opening Night, the stars are Jarome Iginla and Alex Pietrangelo. The defenceman plays almost 40 minutes and picks up three assists as St. Louis beats Colorado 4-3 in overtime. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock walks into his post-game media scrum and says, "You can fill in your Norris Trophy ballot right now."
Meanwhile, Cory Schneider makes 52 saves off Calgary players not wearing the number 12. But Iginla scores three times on three shots, including the winner with 2:37 to go. The third score is an empty-netter, after which the Flames' captain tries to give the puck to new head coach Bob Hartley. But Hartley gives it back, saying, "He had a lot more to do with the win than I did."
October 12: The lights go dark at the Staples Center. The video screen replays the last moments of the Kings' Stanley Cup victory over New Jersey (called by Bob Miller and Jim Fox, of course). After a few shots of the celebration, the crowd is stunned into silence by the face of Dodger legend Sandy Koufax. "I'm proud to see LA's hockey team join the list of this city's champions," he says in a video message. Then, we switch to a grinning Kobe Bryant, who adds, "It's about time."
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