Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hockey for theP ens and Petes

Leafs highlights - I didn't watch any of this game, and only listened to the first two periods on the radio. However, watch that highlight package - no, it doesn't have the three fights from the game, nor does it show the 11 penalties that were assessed in about 40 seconds of game time.

I don't know what happened, but for some reason at the 3-minute mark of the third period, this happened:
03:03 PIT Michael Rupp : Boarding - 2 min
03:03 PIT Michael Rupp : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:03 TOR Mike Komisarek : Roughing - 2 min
03:03 TOR Mike Komisarek : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 TOR Jay Rosehill : Charging - 2 min
03:43 TOR Jay Rosehill : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 PIT Sidney Crosby : Cross checking - 2 min
03:43 PIT Sidney Crosby : Roughing - 2 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
03:43 PIT Eric Godard : Instigator - 2 min
Yeah, there are seven goals to highlight, and a few good saves, but I think these two plays are worth recapping as well. Eve Crosby gets a 4 PIM on the play. Crazy - you'd have to think they were fighting over protecting the captain? You can only guess with no highlights.

For the record, watch these highlights. Bozak's goal on the power play is great, and Grabo's goal is a remarkable wrist shot. He comes over the blue-line and catapults the puck into the top corner, it's pretty awesome.

Sportsnet has coverage of the big play - check it out while the video's still up.

Peterborough Petes

Pete's game tonight - I'm trying to find a tasteful way to incorporate Graham James jokes into the heckles, but ... I don't think there's anything tasteful about it.

My favourite thing about OHL / minor hockey is that the players are very young, they aren't pros and they make mistakes a lot. That's the good part - broken plays, missed assignments, interceptions and short tempers. Those things make hockey unpredictable and exciting. Anything can happen because none of the teams are necessarily consistent on any level. And that's for the very good teams.

When you look at the teams at the bottom of the standings, the consistency and predictability is even less, which means the tempers, broken plays, missed assignments and dirty checks are all the more likely. I'm really, really looking forward to it!

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