Which U.S. sports goal was more exciting: Parise's tying goal or Donovan's winner?


landondonovan.jpgCynics will snicker and make cries of silly nationalism. Skeptics might end up bemused that Americans suddenly become interested in sports they’re usually oblivious to. But either way, U.S. sports teams have shown a flair for the dramatics during international competition this year.

In case you were at work or isolated from just about every social network, the U.S. soccer team advanced to the Round of 16 in exciting fashion, needing a Landon Donovan extra-time goal to qualify for the World Cup’s second round with a 1-0 victory.

This caps an interesting year in late heroics for American sports. The U.S. soccer team was three minutes away from being eliminated from the World Cup, just like the American Olympic hockey team was under a minute from losing the gold medal game before Zach Parise scored an almost unthinkable goal in the waning seconds.

Of course, Canada ended up winning thanks to Sidney Crosby’s iconic overtime gold-medal winner, but Parise’s clutch goal promoted the game from a nail-biter to an incredible moment for hockey. It gets even better when you consider that both the men’s soccer and hockey teams were heavy underdogs and – in my opinion – provided great moments even if they both fall short of their ultimate goals.

It’s probably hasty to put up this poll right now since the U.S. hockey team lost (and it happened months ago) while the soccer moment occurred just moments ago, but I can’t help but ask the question. What was a more exciting moment for you: Zach Parise’s gold medal game-tying goal or Landon Donovan’s stoppage time heart-stopper? Vote in the poll below.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.

Kings grab goalie insurance by signing Budaj

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jhonas Enroth #1 and Peter Budaj #31 of the Los Angeles Kings stretch before a game against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.

The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.

At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.

As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.

The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.

All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.