In the grand scheme of things, Los Angles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is a star and perhaps the future of Team USA goaltending. Even the best netminders look silly sometimes, though, and that was the case when a dominant first period for the Kings was largely washed away when Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris beat Quick from center ice:
Ouch. Something tells me that clip won’t be part of Quick’s Vezina Trophy nominee video highlight package.
You might say that Quick joins Chris Osgood, Tommy Salo, Dan Cloutier and other netminders known for allowing goals from far out, but he already did last year. St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scored a similar goal against Quick on March 17, 2011.
Hey, at least it humanizes a goalie who can sometimes look superhuman, right?
John Tavares ended up getting a gimme stat on that one, but he “earned” another tally and assist to show that it wasn’t just a night of flukes. (Tavares also found the net in the skills competition, by the way.)
That wacky goal seemed like it would tell the story of a disastrous missed opportunity once the score was 3-0 and 4-1, but give credit to the Washington Capitals, who redeemed their goalie by earning a 5-4 shootout comeback win.
That triumph gave the Capitals four wins in a row and a temporary hold on the top spot in the Southeast Division – along with the third seed that would come with it. The Florida Panthers jumped right back into first place in the division with a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but either way, things certainly look better for Washington now than they did when they were down 3-0 and 4-1.
Buffalo’s proximity to Canada is a big reason why the Sabres have experienced a nice little renaissance at the box office. That large population of fans from just a stone’s throw north of the border explains why both anthems were sung during a Carolina Hurricanes-Buffalo Sabres game, but it came back to haunt the Sabres’ anthem singer tonight.
As you can see from this video, “O Canada” produced an “uh oh” moment:
(Gotta love the shot of Eric Staal giggling.)
There have been far more egregious lyrical mistakes and a treasure trove of off-key disasters, though, as you can see from this fantastic compilation:
As someone with zero vocal ability, my only bit of advice? When in doubt, hum your way through a few of the tougher lines …
Thursday night was a bad night in a series of ugly ones for the Minnesota Wild. On the heels of losing Mikko Koivu for at least 14 more days earlier this week, it appears that Niklas Backstrom might be injured too. They also lost a strange 5-4 shootout to the Montreal Canadiens tonight, making them fade that much more from the West’s playoff picture.
With that in mind, a clip that would usually be comic relief might just be extra salt in Wild wounds as Devin Setoguchi lost his footing during Minnesota’s last shootout attempt:
On a night when the Penguins-Maple Leafs and Rangers-Sabres games produced one regulation goal combined,* Michal Neuvirth’s rough goal stands out that much more. Much like Dennis Seidenberg, Mikael Samuelsson gets to pad his stats with this long-distance tally:
The Florida Panthers went on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a fairly important game, as this places the banged-up Rats one point ahead of wounded Washington for the Southeast Division lead. The regulation loss hurts the Caps even more because they’ve been knocked out of the East’s top eight for the time being.
Obviously that goal doesn’t tell the whole story – Neuvirth helped Washington stay in the game by making 34 out of 37 saves – but it did stake Florida to a valuable 1-0 lead. It also might be the kind of clip that people lean on if the Panthers win the division and the Capitals find themselves out of the playoffs altogether once April rolls around …
* – More on those games later, but Toronto got revenge on Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win while Henrik Lundqvist’s shutout was better than Ryan Miller’s as New York earned a 1-0 shootout win against Buffalo.