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#2497204 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 19 March 2014 - 06:51 AM

From Toronto Star:


Reimer, making his second straight start and fourth consecutive game appearance, couldn’t thwart Alfredsson, though it would be a stretch to blame Toronto’s No. 2 goalie — de facto No. 1 in the injury absence of Jonathan Bernier — for the outcome. Yet coach Randy Carlyle came rather close in his post-game comments.

“He was OK. He was just OK.”

The colour rose on Reimer’s cheeks when that remark was passed on.

“He said I was just OK? I thought I was good. I don’t know if I was great and I would like to be great. I thought I made some good saves when I needed to. That third one, you want to make a big save for your team there. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case tonight.”

The intrigue mounts: Will Carlyle have the nerve to start Marlie call-up Drew MacIntyre on Wednesday night or go back again to the Reimer he so casually wrote off Tuesday night — assuming Bernier remains on the DL with his groin strain.

The plot thickens.



#2496439 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 18 March 2014 - 11:55 AM

Harold Ramis is smiling somewhere.


#2496344 In Memoriam: 19/12/1926 - 18/03/2004.

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 18 March 2014 - 07:11 AM

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the 815th, and final, regular-season tie game played in Club history (in their 5311th game, 6.52% of their games), with 390 in Home games and 425 in Away games. They are one of only four franchises with 800+ regular-season tie games (Montreal with 837, Chicago with 814 and New York with 808). Tie games in the NHL can be broken into three distinct historical time frames:
1) Era 1: Regulation time, followed by overtime
2) Era 2: Regulation time only
3) Era 3: Regulation time, followed by overtime
Tie games had always been a League fixture, dating back to it's inception in 1917. How they got there varied over time.
In Era 1, overtime was used in various versions with regards to length, until November, 1942, when it was abandoned due to the war effort. The total number of tie games in this period was 123 in Club history (6.11% of the total games played), with 65 in Home games and 58 in Away games.
During Era 2, a single point was awarded to both teams at the end of regulation. This "Golden Age of Tie Games" accounted for 482 games in club history (5.97% of total games played), 231 in Home games and in 251 Away games.  
Beginning in the 1983-84 season overtime reappeared in Era 3, with only a five-minute period. The total number of tie games in this period was 210 in Club history (7.93% of the total games played), with 94 in Home games and 116 in Away games.
At that time, no one could forsee that the last tie game had been played. Following the second lockout, Uncle Gary decided that as a "gift" to the fans, a grand "gimmick" would be foisted onto the game (one of many adjustments, the players and the fans: the shootout.This caused great confusion in the listing of League standings everywhere in it's first season; who recalls the "Regulation Tie Stat Screw-Up" in the 2005-06 season? I do. With the advent of this "gimmick" so came the death knell of the tie game in the NHL. By the way, another "gimmick" made it's debut in the final season of tie games; twenty-six times (Detroit played in one) and then disappeared. 'member what it was?
Some other Club tie game numbers:
Most total goals scored, tie game and Home tie game: 16, 14/10/1988, Home v. St. Louis
Most total goals, Away game: 14, 27/12/1989, v. Toronto
Fewest total goals, tie game: 0, 27 times (15 Home and 12 Away), first game 26/11/1927, Away v. Chicago and final game 01/04/2000, Away v. St. Louis
Most tie games, Season: 18 (1953-53, 1980-81 and 1996-97)
Fewest tie games, Season: 4, (1926-27, 1941-42, 1966-67 and 1994-95).
The shootout, with all the hype attached to it, caused the unnecessary, premature and untimely death of the tie game. Hockey fans were told that this was they wanted, what they needed and this was what the game needed to be more enjoyable. To my eyes, the game was just fine when tie games were a way of determining the result of a game, thank you very much.
So, join me in raising a glass to an old friend: At least to this fan, you are gone but you will never ever be forgotten.

#2495534 U.S.A. vs Russia - Gold Medal Game - Sled Hockey

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 16 March 2014 - 07:39 AM

Canadians are well aware of The Rick Mercer Report, airing on the CBC. This is his first-hand account of what it's like to be one of these great  athletes and the game of Sledge Hockey:


Congratulations to Team Canada on their Bronze medal win!

#2495463 U.S.A. vs Russia - Gold Medal Game - Sled Hockey

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 15 March 2014 - 12:07 PM


#2495219 Apparently it can get worse in Vancouver.

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 14 March 2014 - 07:37 PM


Was this the bus driver?

#2494198 CBC partners with Rogers in landmark NHL rights deal.

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 11 March 2014 - 06:55 AM


#2494032 Deadspin: Panthers pull off worst line change in history

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 10 March 2014 - 12:13 PM

Looks like someone yelled "TEAM PHOTO".

#2493181 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 08 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

It. wasn't. me.

#2493174 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 08 March 2014 - 01:45 PM

If Gustavsson is now played game after game, the clock will start ticking towards the inevitable reoccurrence of his legendary groin muscle pull.

#2491336 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 05 March 2014 - 08:24 PM


#2489098 Canadians may be shopping Subban...

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 04 March 2014 - 12:33 PM

I'm not trading him; the Canadiens might, but they haven't contacted me regarding it.

#2488797 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 03 March 2014 - 01:36 PM

Who took the mickey out of Burrows this year?

Before making it to the NHL, Burrows also enjoyed a prolific ball hockey career, competing in national and international tournaments in the summers.[4]In 2005, he was named the International Ball Hockey Player of the Year. He has also been inducted into the Canadian and International Ball Hockey Halls of Fame.


#2488579 Marty St. Louis wants out because The Captain hurt his feelings

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 02 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

The Rangers... the only team on his list? Really?

The Rangers still haven't recovered since the retirement of Sean Avery.

#2488232 Trial date set in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 01 March 2014 - 07:35 AM

There is a chain of guilt here; they just have to find it and "connect the dots", as it were.

People will have to outright lie for Moore not to win this lawsuit.