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.

Sharks scratch Flames’ big lead, Calgary wins anyway

Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund (11) chases down the puck against San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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If you turned off Thursday’s Calgary Flames – San Jose Sharks game early, you’ll probably be stunned to see that Calgary won 6-5 via a shootout.

For instance:

  • A Sharks fan may have bitterly called it a night when Calgary went up 4-1.
  • Conversely, a Flames devotee might have retired after San Jose took a 5-4 lead, possibly with a broken remote.

The Flames only trailed for about two minutes before scoring the last “real” goal of the game, eventually taking their third straight win thanks to a shootout triumph.

It’s been a strange ride for Calgary, with its most recent win happening after Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma were punished with a healthy scratch. As strange as this game was, the “charity point” can leave both teams looking through a lot of film, yet with something gained as well.

Ultimately, the message may very well be: don’t sleep on these teams.

(In less positive news, Karri Ramo is injured, and it doesn’t look good.

Jonas Hiller closing out the game on a hot streak could be pretty important if Ramo’s out for some time.)

By winning fifth straight, Caps extend Wild’s slump to seven losses

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and the Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.

Ovechkin, who leads the league with 34 goals, has 13 in his past 13 games. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and Jason Chimera added an empty-netter for Washington, which improved to a league-best 20-5-2 on the road.

Braden Holtby made 33 saves for the Capitals, who won their fifth consecutive game and became the first team to reach 40 victories this season.

Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild, but Minnesota lost for the 12th time in its past 13 games (1-10-2). Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for the Wild, who have lost seven in a row at home (0-4-3).

Ovechkin’s third goal, which deflected off both the post and the back of Dubnyk into the net, was upheld following a coach’s challenge. Wild coach Mike Yeo challenged that the puck had left the zone for offsides, but the call stood after a review showed that Backstrom stopped the puck before it crossed the blue line.

The goal gave Ovechkin his first hat trick since he scored four goals against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10, 2013.

It wasn’t the only fortunate bounce for Ovechkin on the night, and the five-time 50-goal scorer capitalized on each opportunity.

A shot from T.J. Oshie deflected off of Minnesota forward Zach Parise across the ice right to Ovechkin in the left faceoff circle and Ovechkin quickly snapped off a shot to beat Dubnyk, who couldn’t get across the crease to get into position. Three minutes later, Ovechkin scored on the power play when a point shot bounced off the end boards right to Ovechkin in front of the net.

The tally provided some relief for the Capitals’ surprisingly ineffective power play. Washington had one power play in its previous six games, an empty-netter for the only goal in its previous 20 power-play chances. The Capitals were 1 of 5 on the power play on Thursday.

Coyle scored for the fifth time in eight games in the second, but second periods have doomed the Wild during their slump. Minnesota has been outscored 13-3 in the period in five straight losses.

Suter scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play in the third as Minnesota went 1 of 5 with the man advantage.

NOTES: Washington C Evgeny Kuznetsov left in the third period after he was hit in the face by the stick of Mikael Granlund off a faceoff. … Backstrom has 20 points in his last 17 games. … Minnesota D Jared Spurgeon missed his second straight game with an unspecified deep bruise. Spurgeon has returned to practice, but was held out again. … Holtby is 27-1-3 in his last 31 games with two shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Watch the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp tribute video

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Over the years, the Chicago Blackhawks have been forced to let some important players leave to keep their core together, which ultimately meant parting ways with Patrick Sharp.

The talented winger now wears a Dallas Stars jersey, so Blackhawks fans must face the reality of watching Sharp ply his trade for a formidable Central Division opponent.

Even if that might feel awkward, Blackhawks fans gave Sharp (and Johnny Oduya) a warm reception in Chicago on Thursday.

CSNChicago.com provides video of that ovation, which you can see in the clip above.

The Stars currently lead the Blackhawks 4-2, thanks in large part to Patrick … Eaves.

Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick helps him make more history

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

(He also passed Jean Beliveau for 39th all-time in goals with his 509th, as NHL.com notes.)

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Update: Minnesota managed three goals, but it wasn’t enough, as Washington got the edge 4-3.