What an absolutely incredible game this past weekend. It is safe to say that TJ Oshie at least for today has grabbed the torch from Ryan Miller as US Hockey Olympic darling after his shootout performance. I am not a huge fan of the shootout, I think a skills contest is a terrible way to end an amazing game like that, but the Olympic rules allowing for repeat shooters is top notch. The fact that Dan Bylsma kept rolling Oshie out was incredible drama. Hopefully this victory will be the catalyst for an American run at the gold. The US was able to keep their minds right and defeat Slovenia the next day and entered the single elimination portion of the tournament in second place. The Americans will take on the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday. Let’s get’em boys!!!
The Latvian men’s Olympic hockey team, coached by Sabres coach Ted Nolan, lost to Switzerland today 1-0 on a goal with 7.9 seconds left. Latvia also features one NHL player on their roster, Zemgus Girgensons who also plays for the Sabres.
This game must have given Nolan and Girgensons flashbacks because the Sabres have lost at least a handful of games this season in the same fashion. It is unfortunate for the Latvians because they, like the Sabres for much of the year, got incredible goaltending throughout the entire game from Edgars Masalskis, who stopped 38 shots in the game and made a handful of highlight reel saves.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am the United States men’s hockey team begins their quest for a gold medal against Slovakia in Sochi. The American’s will be starting Jonathan Quick in net (for at least the first game). The US will need Quick and Ryan Miller (if he plays) to step up and lead the way because they are not as loaded up front as the Canadians and Russians. Whether or not they win gold it should be a fun ride and this will be the best hockey that you can watch so make sure you tune in.
Here’s a little video to get you ready for tomorrow.
After months of waiting the day has finally arrived. Frozen Frontier, the week long celebration of outdoor hockey, starts tonight as the Rochester Americans take on the Lake Erie Monsters in AHL action on an outdoor rink at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. We here in western NY have been lucky to witness the original NHL Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium and now this. I for one am incredibly excited to be attending the game tonight and the weather today is perfect for outdoor hockey. The jersey that the Amerks will be sporting tonight are straight fire and are based on uniforms they wore in the late 50’s in the second and third year they played in the AHL.
I will be posting a follow up with more photos from tonight’s festivities at some point tonight or tomorrow. Let’s go Amerks!
It’s about time.
The Buffalo Sabres (a.k.a. the NHL’s worst team) announced major changes today. Longtime general manager Darcy Regier has been fired, as has head coach Ron Rolston. Hired are Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations, a newly created position, and Ted Nolan as interim head coach.
Both LaFontaine and Nolan have ties to the Sabres and have worked together in the past. The former starred for the club from 1991 to 1997; the latter coached the team for two seasons, from 1995-97. (Click here for more on that.)
Sabres owner Terry Pegula announced the changes at a press conference.
“Why now? I guess I just decided it was the time,” he said, per NHL.com. “Sometimes you get to the point where a change is needed.”
LaFontaine said he’ll be “actively searching for the next general manager” and already has a short list of candidates.
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As the NHL season kicks off today we here at The Quarterback Blog are taking a different strategy to doing our team previews. We are using song lyrics that got for each team. Below is the Western Conference with the East coming tomorrow.
But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose
-“We are the Champions”
The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off of an impressive season last year that saw them go 36-7-5 and start the season with points in their first twenty-four games. The Blackhawks obviously followed up that President’s Trophy season by hoisting the Stanley Cup and will look to repeat this season.
Leading the charge this season will obviously be Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith. However, after losing some depth with the departure of Viktor Stalberg and Michael Frolik playoff darling Bryan Bickell (17 points in the playoffs) will have to step up to relieve some of the pressure. A much bigger burden will also fall on the shoulders of goaltender Corey Crawford (1.94 GAA last season in 30 starts) who played incredibly well in front of one of the best defensive teams in hockey last season. While the regular season may not come as easy for Chicago this season I believe that they will be the favorites to win the Cup again this season.
Last night the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs were playing a nice, quiet little preseason game before a battle royale broke out in the third period. After scoring the Sabres third goal, Corey Tropp lined up for the faceoff at center ice alongside Toronto big man Jamie Devane. As the puck is being dropped words are exchanged between the two, the gloves are tossed aside and fisticuffs ensue. The problem for Tropp is that he does not fight, like at all… ever, so the bigger, stronger, Devane has his way with him leaving Tropp bloodied and possibly concussed.
That’s all well and good Patrick as long as by liberties you mean nobody is going to score a bunch of goals while you sit in the penalty box after taking a dumb penalty. I see this ending horribly just like their season.
The day after a rough-and-tumble affair against Montreal, Buffalo agitator Patrick Kaleta had a message for future opponents.
“We want to establish that we are a team and no one is going to take liberties on old guys, young guys,” Kaleta told the Buffalo News. “You’re going to have to deal with all five guys on the ice. We want to establish that early.”
On Sunday, Kaleta tried to hammer home that point.
Midway through the third period, Habs forward Alex Galchenyuk rocked Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain with a big hit, to which Kaleta offered the following response:
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That wasn’t all from Buffalo.
Earlier in the game, Cody McCormick responded to Jarred Tinordi’s big hit on Colton Gillies by challenging Tinordi to a scrap.
Buffalo’s team toughness has been called out in the past (see: Ryan Miller vs. Milan Lucic) and now it…
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We reported on this towards the end of August when Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason was having a zombie-themed mask (set at the time of the American Revolution in Philadelphia) developed.
Well, the mask is finally finished and I have to say, it looks spectacular. The customized head protection was designed and painted by Franny Drummond, who runs a company called “PaintZoo,” which specializes in custom paint jobs for masks/helmets, motorcycles, cars and trucks. You can follow Drummond on Twitter (@paintzoo) or check out some of his other works of art on the PaintZoo website (www.paintzoo.com).
There are so many adjectives for this mask I don’t know where to start. If I had to choose one at gunpoint, I would just say it’s “badass”….plain and simple. Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and George Washington…in zombie form. I hope Mason gets some serious ice time this season just so I can see him wear this beautiful work of art. The artwork that is done on some of these masks is very impressive. This is definitely one of the cooler ones, if not the coolest one, I have seen.
To see the other photos of the zombie mask, follow the link:
So the Sabres spent the whole summer tweeting out small pictures of their new 3rd jerseys and today they finally released the whole thing with the help of Steve Ott. All I have to say about these is that I hope they only wear them a few times because these are horrendous. The different color front and back is atrocious as is the gray number. Not exactly sure why they decided to go with gray on the sleeves and what in the world is going on with the different gold colors on the chest and sleeve? All in all this is exactly what I expected from this team, maybe they should worry about winning a few more games this year and not wasting everybody’s time with awful uniforms. End of rant.