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One Puck at a Time

dsc_0298Adam Sherlip has kick-started a new initiative known as ‘The Hockey Volunteer’, which brings hockey to underprivileged kids in, shall we say, less-than-affluent parts of the world.  The initiative’s aim is the bring the happiness that hockey brings to all of us, to all of them; one puck at a time.

While THV officially began less than a month ago, for Adam, things began rolling two years ago when he was hired by the NY Islanders to work on Project Hope, where he got to see firsthand how hockey improved the lives of the children in the regions of Northeastern China that he visited with the project.  This experience made him want to share that joy with children all over the world.  Adam will soon be traveling to the Indian region of Ladakh, and then to Kashmir in the Himalayas.

In order to bring of the game we all love to underprivileged children around the world, we here at 5-Hole urge you to support ‘The Hockey Volunteer’ by visiting Adam’s website, http://hockeyvolunteer.blogspot.com, and contributing to the effort.  Adam accepts donations directly through the site, and also raises money through auctions of hockey memorabilia, including some (if I do say so myself) frickin’ sweet new items, all autographed and donated by the NHL, including pucks signed by Pascal LeClaire and Dan Ellis(respectively), and an Avs jersey signed by John-Michael Liles.

To find out more, visit Adam’s website: http://hockeyvolunteer.blogspot.com

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There is controversy brewing over the Penguins’ game winning goal scored by Sidney Crosby in overtime last night.  The big question is whether Crosby made contact with the puck above or below the crossbar.  The goal was reviewed and it stood.  So what’s the problem?  The call on the ice was goal.  The replay did not conclusively disprove that.  It’s a goal right?  Maybe, maybe not.

1Why it’s a goal:
1. The NHL says it’s a goal, therefore, it’s a goal.
2. Someone at Pensblog drew a cute picture!  They can’t be wrong, can they?

Why it’s not a goal:

1. Conspiracy theorists claim the NHL is just furthering the Sidney Crosby love fest.

22. The picture from Pensblog is misleading because the puck was not in line with the corner where the post and crossbar meet when it made contact with Crosby’s stick.  It was actually closer to the center of the crossbar.  Oh no!  The new line goes under Crosby’s arm and the puck!  NO GOAL!
3. Commenter Tom L. on the Puck Daddy post says, “Crosby is 5′ 11″, 6′ 3″ on skates. The crossbar is 4ft high and the puck hit a few inches below his armpits. Unless Sid’s swollen head is 28 inches tall, that’s well over 4ft.”
4. If the NHL had disciplined Crosby for his actions in the game against Atlanta, he would not have even been playing in this game.
5. This picture left by another commenter in that Puck Daddy post shows with more lines that the net is only 80 pixels tall in the image, while the distance from the puck to the ice is 91 pixels.  11 pixels isn’t all that much but it’s still something.
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I say it was no goal.  But what do I know?  Onto the picks!

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Marc will be taking a short break from Pick ’em as he is out of the country.

Straight to the picks today!

#13 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #15 Buffalo Sabres

Eric – PenguinsThat’s the hooker you asspunched!  Also, they’re due.
Rory – Sabres – Kick Crosby’s ass so he won’t punch you in the crotch.

#21 Toronto Maple Leafs @ #28 Atlanta Thrashers

Eric – Leafs – The only thrash the Thrashers have is Ilya Kovalchuk.
Rory – Leafs – Toronto’s not doin so bad lately. Atlanta on the other hand has lost like 153 games in a row. *gimmie*

#16 Phoenix Coyotes @ #24 Edmonton Oilers

Eric – Coyotes – The Oilers are 4-5-3 at Rexall Place this season.  The Coyotes are terrible on the road.  The coin just landed heads.
Rory – Coyotes – Why not?

#12 Anaheim Ducks @ #11 Vancouver Canucks

Eric – Ducks – The Ducks just lost their goal scoring leader for 4 weeks due to self inflicted injury but they have Jonas Hiller in net!  Go Team Fuckin’ Awesome! *gimmie*
Rory – Ducks – I officially want Vancouver to go down the tubes so $undin can know the wrath that befalls those who reject Henrik Lundqvist. He took you out to dinner, and you don’t even bother to call! I imagine the HL Wrath of Rejection is quite frightening, considering how he acts when he loses a game.

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Dear Gary Bettman,

The last time I checked, you can’t do this in the National Hockey League:

I know you don’t want to bring the hammer down on your snugglebunny and object of your late night fantasies, but you should.  You really should.

Regards,
Rory
Part-time Blogger, Full-time Hockey Fan.

For anyone who couldn’t quite figure out what was in that video, it was The Second Coming of Christ Sidney Crosby getting involved in a scrum in front of the net, and then skating up behind Atlanta defenseman Boris Valabik in a prone position on the ice, on all fours after fighting with another player, and sucker-punches him in the back of the head, and then repeatedly on the lower part of his body.  Upon another viewing, it looks like he decked him in the groin.  Seriously?

Had this been any other player, they would be suspended right now.  If Crosby had been the one getting punched, the guy who punched him would be out of the league without question.  Hell, he’d have been taken out back and shot during the next intermission.

We have seen hits like these before.  Specifically, this one(for some reason, no sound – sorry):


And this one:

Why is Crosby allowed to get away with practically the same thing that ended both of these two players’ careers?  Everyone knows how the Bertuzzi/Moore incident turned out, and Ranger fans know that that was the last game Jeff Beukeboom ever played, and Matt Johnson was suspended for 12 games, which at the time was fairly hefty.  Apparently, in the NHL, you have to end someone’s career or almost kill them for there to be any sort of penalty.

It’s not that I hate Sidney Crosby.  Yes, I despise the fact that he dives (he does), embellishes and looks like a mentally challenged duck.  But, I actually admire the fact that he’s been able to handle the immense pressure and expectations being put on him by the NHL.  They chose him to be the face of the league, and I commend him for not crumbling under the pressure.

That being said, I do think he gets away with some things that other players wouldn’t be able to.  This is one of those things.  However, unlike the Bertuzzi and Beukeboom incidents, what Crosby did wasn’t on it’s own, in the middle of open ice, much like those two were.  That doesn’t make it alright.  You can’t skate up behind a player who is down on all fours, surrounded by other players, and punch him in the back of the head, then proceed to wail on him, while he can’t defend himself.  I don’t care who you are, you cannot do that.  If he had done this to a Ranger, there more than likely would have been some sort of riot at MSG.  Unfortunately for Valabik, the Thrashers suck and no one cares about them, so this goes unnoticed.

As of right now, there has been no mention of a possible suspension for dear, dear Sidney, and I’ll bet you all the money in my bank account that there won’t be.  But I want to go on the record as saying that there should be, and it is disgraceful that just because he is deemed a ‘superstar,’ that he can commit unallowable, and downright cowardly acts of violence.

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Holy Christ, am I scared for this game.

Clearly, Henke feels the same way I do about this game.

Clearly, Henke feels the same way I do about this game.

Yes, the Rangers have won the last two games on their California road trip, and yes, one of them was in regulation(holy crap!).  But neither win was particularly spectacular, neither win really gives me any confidence that tonight is going to be anything less than horrible.

In case you live under a rock, the San Jose Sharks have been kicking ass and not bothering to take names all over the league for basically the entire season.  They’re first in the league, first in the Western Conference, and boast a record of 25-4-3.  That’s right, three months into the season, and they’ve lost only 7 times.

The Rangers, on the other hand, barely just squeaked out a win against the Los Angeles freakin’ Kings.  Yes, the Rangers are second in the Eastern Conference, but that’s mostly due to a strong early start, and being several games ahead of everyone else.  They haven’t been able to sustain much momentum, and it’s starting to show.

There are two ways this game can go down:  either the Sharks are tired from traveling to Colombus, then to Detroit, then back to San Jose, and are feeling beaten down and dejected from losing their last two, including a blowout 6-0 loss to Detroit.  If this is the case, hopefully the Rangers and capitalize on their misery and come away with 2 more points.  The other way this can go is that the Sharks are comin’ back mad and looking to make a statement and spank someone on home ice to get their confidence back, in which case the Rangers are goin’ down in flames.  Something tells me the second scenario is much more likely.

My guess is that the Rangers lines will be similar, if not the same as the last two games.

What’s for sure is that Lundqvist will be in goal for the Rangers, and probably Evgeni Nabakov will be in goal for San Jose.  Also for sure: I will be drinking heavily during this game.

 

Numbers breakdown:

Sharks record: 25-4-3   –   7-1-2 in their last 10

Rangers record: 22-11-2   –   6-4-0 in their last 10

Average goals scored in a game:

Sharks: 3.44

Rangers: 2.46

Average goals allowed in a game:

Sharks: 2.44

Rangers: 2.57

Power Play

Sharks: 21.9%

Rangers: 14.9%

Penalty Kill:

Sharks: 85.8%

Rangers: 90.4%

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In yesterday’s game between the Thrashers and Penguins, a fight broke out after the Thrashers’ first goal.  At one point, Sidney Crosby gives Boris Valabik 3 solid punches from behind while teammate Kris Letang held Valabik down.  Crosby was clearly the third man in on this “fight” and he sucker punched Valabik not once, not twice, but three times yet he was only accessed a roughing minor.

The Honda zamboni was so excited to get inside Wrigley field that it jumped off of the truck that was transporting it.  Luckily, no one (including the zamboni) was injured.

Quick! Go look at our picks before Sidney Crosby punches you in the back of the head! (more…)

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No, Mats Sundin hasn’t decided yet. About 10 minutes after this was posted, Sundin announced he will be going to the Canucks… more later

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