- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Pretty much everyone except Team Europe was settled on the fact that Team Canada was going to win the first World Cup of Hockey since 2004.
The question was then: how would they celebrate?
This isn’t the Stanley Cup. Nor is it winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or even winning a gold at the World Champions for that matter. Let’s get real, this is an NHL tournament to make some extra cash; not a major milestone.
But still, they won and DEM BOYZ from Canada got to celebrate their way with polite handshakes, one armed hugs and high fives.
First, game the shedding of the gear. Usually you see gloves, sticks and helmets to flying in the final seconds of Stanley Cup clinching game. Tonight, they shook off equipment as they skated over to Carey Price or before they left the bench.
Sidney Crosby was named the tournament MVP. He didn’t receive a mini trophy or something new. He got a clear plaque, reminiscent of those you’d see in middle-management offices for ‘Best Regional Manager by Pound of Paper Sold in Scranton.’
You can barely see it against Crosby’s jersey. We don’t know the backstory behind the ‘trophy,’ but we can only assume they carved it out of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
TORONTO – They gathered in Quebec City in early September as 23 players representing eight countries from 21 different NHL clubs. They leave Toronto as a team that surprised everyone in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Team Europe’s World Cup dreams fell apart in a span of 129 seconds late in the third period of Game 2 of the final against Canada. An Anze Kopitar penalty led to a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal, igniting a very, very red Air Canada Centre crowd. Ralph Krueger’s squad still had a chance with a late power-play opportunity, but their hopes for a dramatic finish in their favor was dashed when Jonathan Toews found a streaking Brad Marchand for the eventual shorthanded winner.
“Heartbreaking. It’s a very, very tough loss,” said Team Europe defenseman Mark Streit. “It’s tough to find the right words right now.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
TORONTO – At the World Cup pre-tournament games for Team Canada in Ottawa, Brad Marchand was booed. He was also booed when the team got to Toronto for the start of the event.
It didn’t matter to the local fans that Marchand wasn’t on the hated Boston Bruins for this event and actually playing for their Team Canada. They still wanted to let Marchand know their displeasure for him.
But when Marchand gripped his hands around the World Cup trophy to lift it over his head, all of the Canadian fans in the Air Canada Centre cheered loudly for the 5-foot-9, 181-pound Halifax native.
“To be on a team like this and to have success and to win with a team like this, it’s an incredible feeling,” Marchand said. “I think all of Canada gets behind that and they all feel the enjoyment of that, feel the success of that and we all enjoy it together. It’s not just our team but all of Canada will be celebrating tonight.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
TORONTO – Carey Price sat at the podium with plastic eye protectors strapped around his head, ones that kept the spray of Canadian champagne (i.e. bottles of Molson) from his eyes in his team’s championship locker room celebration.
“Team-issued,” said Price.
Canada had won the World Cup of Hockey in thrilling fashion, completing the tournament 6-0 and dispatching Team Europe in a two-game sweep in the final round.
But that’s the thing about beer goggles: They make it all look better that it actually is.
Outside of the last three minutes of the game, Canada was outplayed, out-hustled and outperformed by Team Europe. At best they looked disjointed, at worst they looked like a stubborn opponent was controlling them.
“They were playing a really stingy game, denying the middle, not letting us play with the speed that we wanted to play. It was working to their advantage,” said center Patrice Bergeron, whose power-play goal late in the third tied the game and sparked the Canadian rally that would win it.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
After sustaining a foot injury in the semifinal round, Team Europe forward Marian Gaborik hobbled away from the World Cup of Hockey on crutches.
His injury is bad to the point it will keep him out at least eight weeks for the Los Angeles Kings. It also meant he would miss the final series against Team Canada. Perhaps that left him a bit surley.
Gaborik went from hockey player to hockey-fan-spitting-hawt-taeks Twitter in Game 2 of the final.
Like all puck heads, it starts positive.
Okay okay,like it! One more till end of this period
— Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik12) September 30, 2016
It starts to go downhill on a disagreement over a call by the referees.
For Gaborik, it’s when Marian Hossa gets in on a breakaway and Brent Burns pokes and slashes at his hands.
Here’s the play via Steph:
penalty called, should it have been a penalty shot? pic.twitter.com/sOLonEYBIA
— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 30, 2016
And Gaborik’s reaction on Twitter:
No PS?? U kidding me? Cmon
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
TORONTO – Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal with 44 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final gave Canada the tournament championship, the result of a stunning third-period rally against Team Europe on Thursday night.
The host team finished the tournament 6-0, overcoming the toughest opponent they faced and the tightest game they played in the two-week NHL event.
Carey Price made 32 saves. Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, as its leading scorer.
In Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final, Canada showed how it could win ugly. In Game 2, they nearly showed they could lose that way, too, playing a disjointed and sloppy game.
Until the last three minutes, that is.
With Europe leading 1-0, captain Anze Kopitar was called for holding 16:25, a questionable call. After building pressure in the Europe zone, defenseman Brent Burns fired a shot from the blue line that center Patrice Bergeron deflected home from the slot for his fourth goal of the tournament.
Patrice Bergeron ties the game pic.twitter.com/UBxLactfzA
— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 30, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Hockey on-ice officials deserve hazard pay for the amount of abuse they take during scrums, battles and fights.
Take for example Pyotr Alyoshin, 39-year-old linesman.
In a game between Sibir and Metallurg on Thursday, Evgeny Timkin earned a slashing penalty for the latter team. Sibir’s Yuri Sergiyenko decided to let him know this wasn’t cool, so he engaged in a scuffle with him.
Timkin threw a gloved punch at him … and walloped Alyoshin.
Take a gander:
Here’s the GIF:
— KHL_English (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016
Alyoshin slouched for a moment but didn’t seem too affected by a gloved bunch to the face. Which is why they’re pros.
Metallurg won the game, 3-0. Timkin was given two minutes for slashing and, we’re guessing, the admiration of his teammates.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Where were you when New Jersey Devils fans saw their franchise shaken to its foundations?
Lou Lamoriello, ruler of all he surveyed since 1987 with the Devils, left the team for the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 2015, two months after stepping aside as general manager in favor of Ray Shero. (And, obviously, stepping down as one-third of their coaching staff.) “Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil,” said owner Josh Harris, in an understatement.
But it was time for something new, something different. Shero hired John Hynes from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 and generally being like a little pitbull in look and comportment.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
James Upham of Moncton has invented something he hopes will catch on as between periods entertainment.
It’s called the “human hockey puck hovercraft” and it was used to delight fans at last Friday’s Moncton Wildcats season opener during intermission.
Upham is in charge of programming at Moncton’s Resurgo Placeand the Wildcats asked him to come up with something for in-game entertainment for their first game of 2016-17.
CBC got the story behind the “human hockey puck hovercraft” and how it was created.
“The idea came up — why not a human hockey puck? So I sat and drew a thing up and it’s scaled to an actual hockey puck,” Upham said.
It took him two weeks to build the giant hockey puck, which measures 120 centimeters in diameter and 40 centimeters high and is large enough for hockey fans to ride.
“It’ll lift about 300 pounds. It’s got two, 40-volt lithium-ion battery-powered leaf blowers that’ll move about 600 cubic feet of air per minute,” he said.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
TORONTO – In Game 1 of the World Cup final series, Team Europe hit Canada with their best shot. On the other side the Canadians played their worst game of the tournament.
Canada still won 3-1, which isn’t a good sign if Europe wants to win the tournament. “We feel good. I think we played arguably the best game so far in this tournament but we just fell short,” said Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar. “Because of that, we can’t get discouraged. Our backs are against the wall now. We’ve gotta win two games now to win the thing. We’ve got to come, play with confidence. There’s no reason for us to be nervous about anything. Come out, play hard and we’ll see what happens.”