There's a good chance you didn't watch last night's game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers. It's not exactly a marquee matchup. But history tends to be made in such unassuming circumstances. And the teams combined to make some Tuesday.
After completing three periods and the overtime frame tied 1-1, the squads went into the shootout. And that's where they stayed for more than 17 history-making minutes. Washington and Florida went 20 — count 'em, 20! — rounds in the longest NHL shootout ever before Panther Nick Bjugstad slipped the game-winner past Caps goalie Braden Holtby. In all, Florida scored six times and Washington five in the Panthers' 2-1 win.
“I blacked out what just happened???” Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo tweeted after the game.
Hockey fans have come to expect NHL teams to wear new jerseys for outdoor games. Winter Classic contests feature clubs in heritage sweaters, and the newer Stadium Series contests put players in more forward-looking unis.
Last season was the first for the Stadium Series, and teams that played in those games wore futuristic “chromified” jerseys. This year, there’s only one Stadium Series game — the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings February 12 at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers — and late last week the Sharks gave the world got its first look at the “amplified” jerseys the teams will wear.
In its obituary of Jean Béliveau, the CBC offered a quote that perfectly captured the essence of the late Canadiens legend.
“Meeting him is not like meeting other stars from the old days,” Béliveau's former linemate, Gilles Tremblay, said. “When people see Bobby Hull, they say: 'Hi Bobby.' When they meet Big Jean, it's always: 'Hi, Mr. Béliveau.' He commands respect.”
That's exactly the way it was with Béliveau. He was one of the rare people who truly had presence. When he walked into a room you sensed it. When you met him or spoke with him, you knew you were with someone special. He was a giant of a man and he cut an imposing figure on the ice, but it was something else, something inside, that made him larger than life
He was, by every measure, the ultimate Canadian. He was everything that men in my home country strive to be. Gentlemanly. Measured. Handsome. Accomplished. Modest. Commanding. Polite. Sharp. Well spoken, in both official languages.
Update (Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.): The Blues signed Martin Brodeur yesterday, making it official by posting a 22-second video of his name being stitched on a Blues jersey:
@StLouisBlues) December 2, 2014
It's a weird day in hockey when Martin Brodeur is no longer a New Jersey Devil.
Last month, Boston Bruin Seth Griffith scored what many people — including us — thought was a sure-fire goal of the year candidate. No way someone could top the trickery of it. But in hockey skill always wins out, and Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis put on a show over the weekend.
In the first few minutes of Friday’s game between Buffalo and the Montreal Canadiens, Ennis picked up a loose puck, streaked down the wing, splitting the D. What happened when he got to the net was, well, just watch:
The 2014 NHL season is still pretty young, but Boston Bruins right winger scored an early favorite for goal of the year agains the Devils last night. And it’s so wild, so beautiful that it will be very hard to top.
It’s the kind of insane goal players make up to one-up a buddy but they’ll never be able to pull it off. And there’s no use trying to describe it. It must be seen to be believed:
The Chicago Blackhawks will play in their second Winter Classic this season when they take on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in DC. And yesterday the team revealed the sweaters they'll be wearing for the game.
On a quick glance, they don't look so different from what the team wears now. But designers went back more than 50 years for inspiration: The Winter Classic jerseys are inspired by what Chicago wore in 1957, with the C-crossed-with-tomahawks logo placed on the elbows rather than the shoulders. The other difference between this look and what the Hawks wear now is that it has lacing where the current away unis don't.
Here's a comparison of what the '57 jersey, the present-day away sweater, and the Winter Classic look: