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Rask fulfils cancer patient’s wish, goes one step further

- April 17th, 2014

For a couple of days, Maddie Santotuosso got the chance to feel like a real hockey player thanks in part to Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask.

In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rask gave the nine-year-old, a Bruins fan who is battling a rare tissue cancer, the surprise of a lifetime when he joined her at a Boston sporting goods store to help her shop for brand new goalie equipment last month.

As you can see in the video below, the look of shock and wonder on Maddie’s face is priceless.

But that’s not where the good deeds ended.

Rask invited Santotuosso to a Bruins practice where she got the chance to not only meet the players but participate as well.

Then Rask added a cherry on top.

Before she hit the ice against the B’s in her new gear, Rask commissioned his goalie mask artist, Ron Slater, to make one for Santotuosso that mimics his own.

The differences being the name around the chin of the youngster’s mask says “MADDIE” instead of “RASK” and on the back a message that says “KICK SARCOMA,” the form of cancer she is battling.

Santotuosso wore the gear and the mask while facing shots from Bruins players during a March 26 practice.

Tuukka Rask is a pretty cool guy.

(h/t The Hockey News)

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GRAPHIC PHOTO: Aftermath of Getzlaf’s face shot-block

- April 17th, 2014

It’s never a happy ending when puck meets face.

Exhibit A: Ryan Getzlaf’s brother, Chris — a professional athlete in his own right as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders — tweeted a cringe-worthy photo of the Anaheim Ducks star’s mug Thursday night:

How does one look this way, you ask?

With about 17 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the Ducks-Dallas Stars series Wednesday, the Regina native made an unexpected shot-block on a Tyler Seguin clapper.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the incident:

Getzlaf is expected to suit up for Game 2, which goes Friday in Anaheim, despite the need for multiple stitches and, as the photo shows, his noggin looking a little worse for wear.

Ducks teammate Ben Lovejoy chimed in on the matter at Thursday’s practice. He offered a great line.

“Luckily, he’s married, has a couple of kids,” Lovejoy said of Getzlaf. “He’s not trying to impress anybody with his face.”

Crosby needs to keep cool head against Columbus, Dubinsky

- April 17th, 2014

So we all know that Mr. Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player in the world.

He’s accomplished, highly decorated, widely respected.

The Columbus Blue Jackets also know this, and they are not about to handle Crosby with care in the first round of this year’s NHL playoffs.

Now, having the Jackets appear in the post-season for only the second time in franchise history is pretty cool. They played relatively well in Wednesday’s Game 1 and the Jackets were able to gain the lead twice in the contest — a playoff first for the franchise.

They ended up losing the game, 4-3, but you could see the fight in this team. They’re ready for Game 2.

Brandon Dubinsky was paired up against Crosby for the whole game, and his job was simple: Shut the kid down.

Crosby played well, picking up an assist, but on numerous occasions you could see Dubinsky hacking, tripping, and pushing him around in front of the net. Dubinsky is known as a player who will try to wear you down and get into your head with certain dirty stunts, and he did just that in Game 1.

Need some evidence?

As bad as these hacks look, it took a while for them to elicit a reaction from the superstar in terms of any sort of retaliation.

No. 87 found himself locked in a few tussles and exchanged personal chirps with Dubinsky. And you could tell Dubinsky’s agitation was wearing him down. Exactly what Columbus wants.

Going forward, Crosby needs to keep a cool head.

If the Penguins want to improve on Game 1′s narrow victory, their best player needs to worry more about his play and less about mucking it up with Dubinsky after the whistles.

A little less of this…

…will result in a little more of this:

Scrum breaks out in Game 1: ‘Let me take a selfie’

- April 17th, 2014

Usually, during a scrum in the NHL playoffs, everyone in the arena will watch intentively.

Not this guy:

Lightning Fan Takes Selfie With Scrum

The fan in the blue Tampa Bay jersey, in the top right portion of the vid, chooses to take a seflie instead of watching the action with his own eyes.

Alright. It’s probably going to be an epic picture, but what has this world come to when our own narcassism gets in the way of good old NHL playoff scraps.

The Canadiens ended up winning the first game of the series in overtime thanks to a snipe from Dale Weise, which would have been hard for buddy to time properly for another selfie.

Come on man. Turn around!


Canadiens’ Gallagher takes puck to throat, stays in game

- April 16th, 2014

Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher took a puck to the throat on a shot by teammate Alexei Emelin during Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Gallagher left the game but returned shortly afterward.

Hockey players are tough.

(h/t SB Nation)

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