Sex objects, octopuses and other things fans throw

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Thumbnail image for octopus.jpgIn the previous post, I commented on the thoroughly amusing and bizarre #ThrowTheSnake meme on Twitter. Naturally, such silly things might only live in the imaginations of creative hockey fans. That being said, it got me to thinking: what are some of the most notable traditions when it comes to people throwing debris onto the ice in the honor of goals, victories or their team in general?

To make sure I covered as many (though, by no means all) of the bases, I asked my blogging buddy Tapeleg. Besides being a treasure chest of hockey knowledge, I accompanied the man to a Texas Brahmas game and took part in a tradition in which fans threw rubber bulls (or, you know, Brahmas) onto the ice after the team scored a goal. Naturally, this moment – along with his extensive minor league experience – made me think to ask him for some suggestions. Our very own Joe Yerdon also was crucial in finding some of the oddball customs.

After the jump, I chronicle both traditional and totally odd things fans love to throw on the ice. 


corny.jpgHere’s a brief collection of some of the quirky things hockey fans throw onto the ice – because sometimes, a hat just isn’t enough. Again, it would be almost unthinkable to be comprehensive with this, so please add your favorite omissions in the comments.

Hats: Obviously.

Detroit’s octopus: The gold standard in ice assaulting objects, the tradition originated when the Red Wings were going for their eighth championship. (Get it, an octopus has eight tentacles?) High marks for ingenuity there.

Florida’s rats: During the Panthers brief courtship with hockey relevance, fans would throw plastic rats after big goals. Fans also serenaded the Cinderella team with the imitation vermin after the team was swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals.

#ThrowTheSnake: Will this become the Twitter-mandated tradition for the Coyotes?

Fake corn on the cob: Tapeleg has seen it in action, in Laredo, TX. (See the photo from Tapeleg.)

Caps fans’ hat trick confusion: Twitter had a field day when Capitals fans threw hats on the ice after a player who had two regulation goals scored a shootout goal.

Teddy bears: Tapeleg points out this awesome, charity-fueled tradition.

Fish: Joe Yerdon points out that certain fans enjoy throwing fish onto the ice. Apparently it might be a Cornell tradition when the team plays against Harvard and University of North Hampshire fans enjoy doing it too.

Sex objects. Yes, sex objects: Apparently some OHL fans love puns even more than I do. They decided to throw sex objects on the ice in honor of Cory Pecker. And … I’m just going to leave the jokes to you on that one. Edit: Puck Daddy also has … more. *cough*

Also: Frisbees, bras, tennis balls, garbage cans and more: Finally, I’ll leave you with this awesome video “The Top 10 things thrown onto the ice” via Tapeleg. Again, big thanks to him and Joe for the suggestions.

‘Like a 1988 Smythe Division game’ – Caps, Pens react to wild 8-7 game

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals collides into Brian Dumoulin #8 of the Pittsburgh Penguins after scoring a goal during the second period at Verizon Center on November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It’s no surprise that Justin Williams, a player who earned the clutch nickname of “Mr. Game 7,” provided the money quote for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ wild 8-7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals.

“It snowballed too quickly for us,” Williams said, according to Caps’ website Dump n Chase. “All around, it was like a 1988 Smythe Division game out there, not something we want to do.”

Penguins-turned-Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen also echoed one of the points from the game’s recap, stating that the contest had “four of five turning points.”

You could probably spend hours pouring through all the oddball stats that sprouted up from this game.

While Williams and Niskanen provided some of the better quotes, most of the players were reduced to using the same word that, frankly, most of us were rolling out.

(Aside from those of us who were spouting expletives at perceived missed calls, particularly on the losing end.)

In admitting that he couldn’t explain the second period, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan probably described the entire game most accurately:

Either way, it was a lot of fun. Let’s do this in the playoffs, too, shall we?

/scans online for a budget defibrillator.

Video evidence that Mike Smith isn’t tanking

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The Arizona Coyotes are really bad, but you could argue that Mike Smith is why the Colorado Avalanche owns the NHL’s worst record instead.

He came into tonight’s eventual 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers with a sparkling .918 save percentage, and while he couldn’t save the Coyotes, he did rob of Jordan Eberle on what seemed like a sure goal.

Watch that great save in the video above, and maybe wonder if Smith didn’t get the memo about the whole “tanking” thing.

Penguins out-gun Capitals in absurd, controversial 8-7 OT thriller

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Leave it to number 87 to win an 8-7 hockey game.

Evgeni Malkin grabbed a hat trick during that patently absurd second period, yet it was Sidney Crosby who helped to create the overtime game-winner (credited to Conor Sheary) as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

No doubt about it, there was some controversy, including on that clinching goal. And not just because the tally survived the review process:

MORE: Watch the full overtime here. Check this post out for additional information on that zany second period.

Regardless, the Penguins’ three-game losing streak ends (as does Washington’s nine-game winning run). The Caps at least got a standings point out of the deal, which seems pretty fair when you consider the fact that they scored a touchdown and extra point’s worth of goals in this one.

(Yes, there were NFL jokes on Twitter.)

Malkin’s hat trick goal and Crosby’s fourth point both demanded official reviews, but both also stood. Capitals fans are probably upset with this game, especially since you could make a legitimate argument that T.J. Oshie should’ve drawn … you, know, at least one penalty:

Instead, you could argue that Patric Hornqvist‘s hit on Oshie ended up being a turning point of the game in Pittsburgh’s favor, although you could also argue that even M. Night Shyamalan couldn’t keep up with all of the twists.

Roberto Luongo captured the mood of the three goalies involved (Braden Holtby got the hook after allowing five goals over a zany 8:09 span) and likely the coaches, too:

To recap, Malkin had that hat trick, Crosby scored a goal and three assists and Sheary generated a three-point night (two goals, one assist). Trevor Daley generated three assists while Justin Schultz did it one better with four.

Oshie collected a goal and two assists, Lars Eller generated two big goals and Alex Ovechkin chipped in two helpers of his own.

The goalie stats, were, well … (see that Luongo tweet).

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Overall, it was a messy, unpredictable, staggering and sometimes controversial game.

Normally, one might say that this is just what you’d expect from a Capitals – Penguins contest. Can anyone really argue they expected this explosion, though?

Do yourself a favor and watch the highlights, as there were so many exciting moments and goals that it’s difficult to summarize them all in one recap. Heck, if you just watch the highlights of the night for Crosby and Malkin, you’re likely to be highly entertained.

If we’re treated to another contest between these teams in 2016-17, it will be in the playoffs. Plenty of hockey fans would love to see that, at least if their hearts can take it.

Just about everything happened in second period of Capitals – Penguins

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Update: The game only slightly slowed down after the second period, as the Penguins ultimately edged the Capitals 8-7 in overtime. Read all about it here.

This post goes into greater detail about the second period, which is worthwhile … because it was a brain-full.

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Let’s just take a second to step back and rub our eyes in disbelief at this Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins game, particularly the just-passed second period.

Basically everything is happening.

Evgeni Malkin is now at 21 goals on the season as he generated a hat trick in the middle frame. That third goal will be highly – and understandably – contested thanks to possible goalie interference by Patric Hornqvist.

At his best, Hornqvist is in the thick of things, and that was certainly the case on Monday. Granted, this hit on T.J. Oshie was questionable:

Braden Holtby was chased from the Capitals net after the Penguins reeled off five goals in 8:09, which you can view here:

The Capitals brought a 2-0 lead into the second period and fattened it to 3-0. After that, the Penguins built a 5-3 lead with the flurry from above.

Brett Connolly made it 5-4 just 30 seconds after Malkin’s second goal, while Lars Eller tied it up at 5-5 about two minutes later.

That tie lasted … less than 30 seconds, as Malkin’s third tally made it 6-5 for the Penguins.

There’s a bunch of other stuff that happened, too, probably.

/catches breath

You can watch the rest of the game on NBCSN, online or via the NBC Sports App. Here’s the livestream link.