Posts Tagged ‘Ovechkin

27
Oct
08

TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million Returns & Ovie Leaves

OK, so I am unsure if anyone inside or out of Canada knows (or cares for that matter), but the details for TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million were announced today, and wow!

First of all, if you don’t know what the contest is, well here is a little Reader’s Digest version of it. There is a big draw, and whoever gets selected has the chance to go on the ice during the intermission of a game with some buddies. First, everyone shoots pucks from the centre line at an empty goal and depending on how many pucks go in, up to 4 vehicles are given away. Next, the person that won the draw, moves back to the far blue line and shoots 20 pucks in 24 seconds, and if 15 go in, that person wins a million dollars!

I’ve been a huge fan of this since it started a couple seasons ago, this will be the third year. Last year, Darwin Head won the big payout, and the year before Jason Hall barely missed the payout, but only because one of his shots hit a puck that had bounced out of the net.

This year’s shootout will be held at the World Junior Championships during the Canada/USA game on New Year’s Eve, rather than an NHL game like it had been in the past. This, however, is going to be a much larger venue, and will probably have higher ratings than an NHL game anyways. So hopefully, I’ll be on the ice in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve, instead of sitting at home in Lethbridge.

In other news, Alexander Ovechkin has returned to Russia in order to be with his ailing father. It’s only the second that Ovie will miss in his career and breaks his 203 game streak. All the best to the Ovechkin family.

22
Mar
08

Quick Hits:Lecavalier, MVP, Oil, and Injured Hab

A few quick thoughts before I head to work tonight, and just before HNIC goes on-air.

Lecavalier Out Of World Championships

Vincent Lecavalier is going to find out soon if he will require off-season surgery on an ongoing wrist injury. Although the injury has not kept him from ripping the league up again, and being one of the premiere players, it has been bothering him and he will have it checked out. Even if he does not need to get the surgery, his agent has told the media that it is doubtful that Lecavalier will play for Team Canada. Although there has been talk of if players sit out of the Worlds their chances for making the 2010 Olympic team would be diminished, I doubt that would be the case with this guy. There is no way that he would not be considered for the Olympic team just because he sits out of a tourney 1 and a half years prior.

My Picks For MVP

Yesterday I wrote that I did not think Ovechkin should win the Hart Trophy if the Capitals do not make the post-season. After thinking about overnight (read last 3.5 minutes) I have come into a short-list of candidates. These candidates however are completely dependent on whether their respective team makes the play-offs, and their teams are currently in playoff contention.

  • Joe Thornton –  Could easily earn another one after his 06 Hart.
  • Alexei Kovalev -This kills me, just because his last few seasons have been sub-par, but he is having an excellent season.
  • Roberto Luongo – Let’s face it, without him, the Canucks would be a lot like the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Martin Brodeur – Has carried the Devils on his back throughout the season. Heck, Weekes got an ovation when he made a save in his 2 minutes of action the other night.
  • Evgeni Malkin – In the absence of some Crosby guy, he has stepped up and led the Penguins into the division lead and in a battle for the conference lead.

Edmonton Oilers Won’t Go Away

After this afternoon’s scoring festival against the Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers have scraped themselves 3 points outside of 8th place, and if they continue their winning ways, they have a shot. I strongly believe that the Oilers will make play-offs. They are playing better than most teams right now, are actually somewhat consistent, and are only getting better. The other bonus to them winning, is that with every win, they piss of the Ducks. There is no reason for them to try an get into a better draft position, so they literally have nothing to lose.

Mike Komisarek’s Mystery Injury

The playoffs are clearly just around the corner, because Komisarek went down the all too common “Lower Body Injury.” As a fan, I hate that teams do this upper/lower body crap when it comes to injuries in the playoffs. But it does make sense, because when it comes to winning the Cup teams will take any advantage they can get, so if they know that Komisarek has a sprained knee, there is no doubt that that knee would be targeted by opposing teams.

21
Mar
08

Does Ovechkin Deserve MVP?

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With the season winding down, the talk of Most Valuable Player is really starting to heat up, and one of the favourites is clearly Alexander Ovechkin. My question however, is does he deserve it?

Yes, he leads the league in Points (102) and Goals (58), and has brought his Washington Capitals on the verge of making the post-season for the first time in years. (I can’t even remember the last time they made the dance.) He was named to the All-Star, and will no doubt be named to the First All-Star Team and is running away with the Maurice Richard Trophy, but will all this earn him the coveted Hart?

Whether it will or not is up is not up to me, but I don’t think it should. I have always firmly believed that if a player wins the Hart, he better get his team into play-offs, just like the Adams shouldn’t be given to a coach that doesn’t boss his team into play-offs.

There is no doubt that Ovie is one of the MVP’s of the NHL, otherwise there wouldn’t be any talk about it, but if he doesn’t lead the Caps into the post-season then he couldn’t have been that valuable, because otherwise why isn’t Lecavalier’s name being thrown in there? While his stats are quite a bit below Ovechkin’s, he is still 3rd in points (89) and 5th in goals (40).

I am in no way campaigning for Lecavalier to be named MVP, because realistically I don’t know who should be. I will think about it overnight, and maybe I’ll have an answer for it then, if I do I will post it tomorrow.

**UPDATE**

Alright, so its been almost 3 weeks since I wrote this, and since then the Washington Capitals have climbed in the rankings and took over the Southeast Division lead. So the Caps are in play-offs, and without a doubt, Ovie is going to win MVP. He is going to win the Hart, and it shouldn’t even be close. (April 7th, 2008)

DIGG ME

17
Mar
08

What’s Pissin’ Me Off Today!? (03-17-08)

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Surprisingly not much today, must be because its St. Paddy’s Day, puts me in a good mood.

 But I was watching Drive This Hardcore Radio on The Score earlier today, and they got an e-mail that set me off a bit. Apparently there was a story out there in Pittsburgh somewhere, where some journalist looked at the number of when Crosby has been in, and when he has been out. According to his research, the Penguins have a higher winning percentage, and have a high Goals For Per Game. So because of that, this “journalist” decided that the Penguins are better team without Crosby, and that they could make him expendable.

This guy must be out of his mind, even if the team has better stats without him, there is no package that any team could put together to get him. Its like the Capitals making Ovechkin available. Ok, maybe not quite, because the Pens have a way deeper talent pool, but seriously… trade Crosby?!

The only other thing is still the Pronger crap, I am not gonna talk about it, I’ve talked about it already. And it is currently getting slowly poked to death on every sports channel, and sports website out there. And just the fact that we have nothing better to talk about, is pissin’ me off!

DIGG ME!

05
Mar
08

Quick Hits Including the Leafs, Flames & more

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The Leafs are Morons

Now I know this is no surprise, but why they continue to think the play-offs are within their reach is beyond me. Mathematically, yes, they have a shot. But realistically? Come on!

Play the young guys that will actually be here next season, I’d even stretch as far as saying to bring up Pogge and play him, put Raycroft in the rafters, and just give the guy some big time experience, what do they have to lose?

  • A play-off spot? Nope, they aren’t making it anyway!
  • Revenues? Nope, hate them or love them, the Leafs will sell out the ACC, its a corporate thing to do in Toronto.
  • Fans? Nope, Leaf fans bleed blue to the point that is out of control, like the Ice Man.

Anderson Shines Again

I hope I am not the only one that is noticing this guy right now. Not that Craig Anderson is a young prospect in the rising or anything. Considering he has been part of 4 NHL franchises already to this point of his career. But to make 53 saves for a shutout and then come out the next game and make 40 saves for a second one in a row is amazing.

Would it be so amazing if Brodeur did that? Not really, I’m sure he’s had two consecutive shutouts in the past, but he plays for the New Jersey Devils. If he had to face 93 shots over the span of 4 games that would be amazing, let alone 2.

Kipper Saves The Day

The Flames cannot be satisfied with the way they played against the Blue Jackets, especially Phaneuf.

Dion should be buying Kipper a case of beer for bailing him out last night. Four 2 minute minors for the defenseman, and one of those came in the last 2 minutes of a 1-0 game.

The Flames were undisciplined all game, and they better shape up for the stretch drive and for play-offs, because if they take nights off like this, they’ll fall out of contention for the Northwest Division quickly, and won’t make it out of the first round.

Ovechkin Looks To Build On 5-point Night

Is Alexander Ovechkin going to score 5 points again tonight? I doubt it. Facing the Sabres who are probably starting to get desperate and are going to have some momentum after last night’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.

This game is huge. Easily the biggest of the night. Two teams currently sitting 1 point (Buffalo) and 4 points (Washington) out of a play-off spot. It has huge implications and it is going to show which team truely deserves to be there, and you can bet that the Sabres are going to be all over Ovie. He won’t be skating in off the point to the back side wide open like he did against Boston. And on that note, are you effin’ kidding me?!

Shame On The Bruins

You on a 6 game winning streak, so you decide to not show up to the rink? 6-0 after one period? The entire team should be buying both Alex Auld and Tim Thomas some beers to say, “Sorry, we effed up.”

Letting Ovechkin skate around the offensive zone like that, hope they weren’t too settled into that play-off spot!




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