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Stanley Cup playoffs getting more than a little nutty

- April 18th, 2014


Don’t call it a comeback, call it a cup-check.

Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic decided it was a good idea to swing his stick at Detroit Red Wings’ forward Danny DeKeyser’s groin on Friday night.

I mean, he really didn’t hold anything back on this one.

I’m sure this is not what Claude Julien wanted to see in Game 1 of the tightly contested series.

Lucic got away with the spear, with no penalty called on the play.

Now we all anxiously wait to see how many games Lucic will get for this grimy move.

UPDATE: Corey Perry decided to get in on the action as well, spearing his Team Canada Olympic team linemate Jamie Benn in the groin.

Between the two groin spearing incidents, and Joel Quenneville’s odd groin grab that cost him $25,000, it seems like the 2014 NHL playoffs have quite the theme going for them.

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s nuts.


Golfer jumps into lake after being attacked by hornets

- April 18th, 2014
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Pablo Larrazabal taking a dip.


Pablo Larrazabal had a really rough time on Friday.

The Spanish golfer was just trying to get through his second round at the Malaysian Open when he was attacked by a swarm of hornets on the 14th hole.

Larrazabal panicked and jumped into the nearby lake.

He spoke with ESPN after the round to explain what went down:

“They were three times the size of bees,” he said. “They were huge and, like, 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.

“I ran to the lake, threw my score card down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared.”

It seems pretty amusing at first, watching Pablo swat away the annoying insects, but you have to feel for the guy.

He didn’t disturb their nest, he just literally walked into the swarm of travelling hornets and ended up having to be medically treated for multiple stings.

But the 30-year-old Barcelona native is clearly a trooper, because he finished the round and will play the third round tomorrow.

Glad his score card didn’t get soaked, either.

(H/T to Deadspin)


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 pro 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: