After crashing a Jimmy Buffet concert of all things (I would have expected, I don’t know … MGMT? Phoenix? Maybe just a trip to last week’s Lollapalooza?), Patrick Kane described the experience of presenting the Stanley Cup to the “Margaritaville” master and his crowd with one text-messaged word: “Blast.”
It’s funny, because that’s exactly how I would describe the sensation of watching Kane play hockey. He doesn’t have the force of nature, Lebron James-like game of Alex Ovechkin or the courageous, all-around game of Sidney Crosby. Instead, Kane simply brings a magician’s quality to the game, doing things with the puck on his stick that dazzle and amaze.
But he’s a blast far beyond the ice, which is what makes him a possible cross-over star at a level that Crosby and Ovechkin cannot match. It’s clear the kid has plenty of personality, even if it gets him in trouble when other people are driving him around in cabs and limos. All day I’ve loaded up the NHL.com front page to see the surreal image of Patrick Kane decked out in a Hawaiian T-shirt, presenting the Cup to a marginal faded “star” like Buffet. Here’s more about Kane’s visit to Chicago.
Kane went on stage during the middle of Buffett’s fifth song, ‘Boat Drinks,’ with the Stanley Cup. The crowd went wild.
He walked to center stage hoisting the Cup and then he handed it over to Buffett, who raised it up himself and handed it back. Buffett then handed Kane a tambourine and the Hawks’ 21-year-old star played along with the band while dancing around the stage and kicking beach balls into the crowd. Kane said it “was just a huge rush being on stage. The crowd was on fire.”
When the song ended, Kane raised the Cup one more time and the crowd erupted for a full minute before Kane finally left the stage. He watched the rest of the concert from stage right.
When we look back at Kane’s career, we’ll think of that odd Stanley Cup winning goal, his mouth piece jutting out of his mouth nearly every time he’s sitting on the bench and his phenomenal playoff mullet. Hopefully, the NHL and its marketers will see the value of an American star in a big market with a deep dish-sized personality.
That being said, he could probably associate with better entertainers than the man who inspired this parody (NSFW).
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.
As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.
Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.
Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.
PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).
Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.
In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.
Gaborik’s first goal:
And here’s video of the OT-GWG:
Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.
With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.
Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.
“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?
Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.
Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.
It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.
Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.
On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?
It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?
* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.