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.

WATCH LIVE: Game 2 for Rangers-Senators, Penguins-Capitals

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The New York Rangers will need to find a way to slow down Erik Karlsson on Saturday afternoon if they are going to avoid falling into a 2-0 series hole against the Ottawa Senators, while the Washington Capitals will have to do the same against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Both games on Saturday will be broadcast on NBC and be streamed online.

Here is all of the information you need for today’s games.

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBC (Stream Online Here)

Announcers: John Forslund, Brian Boucher

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBC (Stream Online Here)

Announcers: Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

The NHL Draft Lottery is tonight, here are the odds for every team and TV information

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Saturday night is going to be a big night for the 14 NHL teams that did not qualify for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs because one of them will be the lucky winner of the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, giving them the No. 1 pick in the draft.

While there probably isn’t going to be a Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews at the top of this year’s class, the top-two prospects (Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier) both have huge potential.

The Colorado Avalanche, owners of the NHL’s worst record in 2016-17, have the best odds at winning the lottery. The Avalanche last selected first overall in 2013 when they picked Nathan MacKinnon. New York Islanders have a less than one percent chance of winning.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have a 10.3 percent chance of winning the top pick.

Here is everything you need to know about tonight’s lottery

When: 8 p.m. ET, just prior to faceoff of Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals second-round playoff series

TV: NBC

Odds for every team in the lottery:

Colorado Avalanche — 18.0%

Vancouver Canucks — 12.1%

Vegas Golden Knights — 10.3%

Arizona Coyotes — 10.3%

New Jersey Devils — 8.5%

Buffalo Sabres — 7.6%

Detroit Red Wings — 6.7%

Dallas Stars — 5.8%

Florida Panthers — 5.4%

Los Angeles Kings — 4.5%

Carolina Hurricanes — 3.2%

Winnipeg Jets — 2.7%

Philadelphia Flyers — 2.2%

Tampa Bay Lightning 1.8%

New York Islanders — 0.9%

The NHL draft will be held on Friday, June 23 (first round) and Saturday, June 24 (rounds two through seven) at United Center in Chicago.

Paul Carey replaces Brett Connolly for Capitals in Game 2

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After dropping Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, the Washington Capitals are making a minor lineup change on Saturday for Game 2 of the series when Paul Carey replaces Brett Connolly on the team’s fourth line.

Carey, 28, appeared in only six games for the Capitals this season and did not record a point. He has one goal and one assist in 32 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Capitals, and appeared in three playoff games for the Avalanche back in 2014.

Given how Connolly’s ice time has been decreasing over the past few games this postseason it probably should not be too much of a surprise that he is now being removed from the lineup. After logging at least 10 minutes of ice time in each of the Capitals’ first three playoff games, he has not played more than 6:12 in each of the past four.

Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday that he likes Carey’s speed in the lineup against the faster Penguins.

Connolly scored 15 goals in 66 regular season games for the Capitals this season.

In other Capitals lineup news, there is no change in the status of defenseman Karl Alzner as he will remain out of the lineup. He has been sidelined since Game 3 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury. Nate Schmidt will continue to take his place.

Scott Darling trade ‘worth the risk’ for Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes made a somewhat surprising move on Friday night when they acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017.

On the surface it looks like a good move for both the team and the player. Goaltending has been a major thorn in the Hurricanes’ side for several years now, while Darling has probably earned the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL after performing extremely well as Corey Crawford‘s backup in Chicago.

The risk for the Hurricanes is that Darling will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and they will have to get him signed to a new contract before then to avoid potentially losing him (and the third-round pick they sent to Chicago) for nothing.

Shortly after the trade on Friday, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said all of that was worth the risk because the team has accumulated so many draft picks in this year’s class.

“This is a bit of a gamble but one we believed was worth taking,” Francis told Chip Alexander of the News & Observer. “This is why we accumulated these picks and we still have 10 left. It was worth the risk.”

He added that they would “like to get something done sooner rather than later.”

The duo of Cam Ward and Eddie Lack finished the 2016-17 season with a .901 save percentage, 26th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have finished higher than 25th just once in the past five years. The Hurricanes have solid young core of talent in place and a defense that allowed the fifth fewest shots on goal in the entire league this season. Solidifying the goaltending position would go a long way toward ending the team’s current eight year playoff drought.