Sports coaches – particularly hockey coaches – might want to point to last night’s Canada-Russia gold medal game anytime a team feels hopeless in a big hole. It really looked like the Canadian junior team had the gold wrapped up with a 3-0 lead in the third period, but the Russians went on an incredible run in the final frame to win 5-3.
It all started at the 17-minute mark when the Russians scored two goals only 13 seconds apart. That little flurry left the Canadians flat footed while the pro-Canada crowd in Buffalo couldn’t believe what they were seeing. By the time it was 3-3, it already seemed like the underdog Russians broke the spirit of the favored Canadians.
Artemi Panarin (two goals), Maxim Kitsyn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Nikita Dvurechenski scored those five unanswered goals in the absolutely stunning third period. (Note: the astounding rally begins at the four-minute mark of this video.)
The real treat in this clip comes from watching the over-the-top celebration by the Russian gold medal winners. As you can see via the screen capture from the video, the Russians frequently screamed into/grabbed the camera and often shouted things in their native language. It’s quite the hilarious sight … unless you’re a Canadian. Then the hilarity turns to sadness. (Sorry about that.)
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Video: Josh Ho-Sang’s creativity gives Islanders a shot in the arm
Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?
For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting upJohn Tavares.
The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.
Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)
This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)
On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.
William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.
Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.
So far, it shows, too.
The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.
There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:
Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week
Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.