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Those Tired Cliches

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Hockey players normally don’t have the most exuberant personalities in the sports world, a fact reflected in their boring nicknames and tired expressions. What are the worst clichés used by NHLers? That’s the focus of this week’s THN.com Top 10.

10. A two-goal lead is the hardest to protect

Somehow, and I know this might sound hard to believe to the untrained ear, a one-goal lead – which can be erased with, you guessed it, one goal – is easier to protect than a two-goal advantage. All this time the NHL had goals that count as double-and-triple-scores and nobody told me.

9. We didn’t play a full 60 minutes

Are there teams out there leaving the game en masse midway through the third period, or taking a brief sabbatical 15 minutes into the first? Of course not. Fellas, you all play at least a full 60 minutes every night. You just don’t play those minutes well sometimes. Be more specific.

continued and how about you, want to add your own?

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Sure, if you take everything literally…

“They have 4 lines that can burn you”

- Is there some rule that allows them to light the opposition on fire!?!?

“We didn’t skate”

- It must be difficult to play hockey then!?!?

“Keep your stick on the ice”

- But coach, how will I ever shoot the puck!?!?

“Keep your head on a swivel”

- but it works so much better on my neck!?!?

“Tripped over the blueline”

- Someone fire the Zamboni driver!?!?

“He has the puck on a string”

- Surely that’s against the rules, though?!?!

“The Hockey media has to fill space with ‘something.’”

- Well, there’s no arguing with this one.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 11/30/11 at 05:01 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“The goalie stood on his head.”

I think if he did that, he’d have a really hard time stopping shots down low.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/30/11 at 05:10 PM ET

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10. A two-goal lead is the hardest to protect

I do love this one, because you hear it used for every situation that isn’t a one-goal leead.

Are you ahead by two?  Then the two-goal lead is the hardest to protect.  Are you ahead by three?  Well then, you know teams start to get complacent, making the three-goal lead the hardest to protect.  What about four?  Well then, you’ve got to be careful because the guys who are behind will be pulling out all the stops because they’ve got nothing to lose.

Posted by Garth on 11/30/11 at 05:10 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“He’s got a bomb from the blueline”

Aren’t incendiary devices illegal?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/30/11 at 05:13 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“He deked the goalie out of his gear”

That’s a hell of a deke because that stuff is hard to put on in the first place.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/30/11 at 05:15 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Red Wings are too old to be competitive this year.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 11/30/11 at 05:50 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“Red Wings are too old to be competitive this year”

Winner.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/30/11 at 06:03 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

“Finding open space / ice / lane

Whoever looked for a clogged up lane, space or ice, besides Robert Lang?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/30/11 at 06:57 PM ET

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