The relationship between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks ended less than amicably, and during the club’s first game back Thursday since the NHL trade deadline the Florida Panthers goaltender delivered a not-so-subtle jab to his former club.
Canucks goalie Eddie Lack was getting shelled by the Dallas Stars. Lack gave up five goals on 17 shots in two periods of work before being replaced by Jacob Markstrom. Vancouver lost the game 6-1.
Enter the team’s former No. 1.
While it was surely intended as a joke, given the way Vancouver’s goaltending drama has played out over the past year it would be no surprise if Luongo felt as though he was playing second fiddle during that time.
But that wasn’t the only noteworthy incident.
Canucks bruiser Zack Kassian was ejected from the game at 18:30 of the first period after this brutal hit from behind on Brenden Dillon where he introduces the Stars blueliner’s face to the edge of the boards.
Dillon left the game after the check but returned to start the second period.
Kassian received a boarding major and 10-minute game misconduct.
It would be no surprise if Kassian gets a call from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Based on his reaction after the hit, you get the feeling Kassian knows he’s earned an appointment at the principal’s office.
Keep in mind that the Canucks winger was suspended five games earlier this season after a high stick on Sam Gagner that broke the Edmonton Oilers centre’s jaw during the pre-season.
Roberto Luongo got his dream trade Tuesday and was dealt from the Vancouver Canucks to the Florida Panthers.
Once there, he’ll be teammates with none other than Tim Thomas.
How do you feel about that, Tim?
“Dale” of course referring to Panthers general manager Dale Tallon.
If you’ll recall, Luongo and Thomas have a bit of a history when it comes to tires and the need for them to be pumped. During the 2011 Stanley Cup final, they exchanged sound bites as opponents, shown at the start of the video below.
This trade will be the start of a beautiful friendship.
That guy who gets nailed in the face with a beverage and goes down like he got shot? It’s Panathinaikos manager Giannis Anastasiou.
OK, we kid about the diving, but things got nasty in the stands Monday during a Greek Super League meeting between Panathinaikos and arch rivals Olympiakos. Fans threw anything they could get their hands on — including flares — onto the pitch and eventually confronted riot police. A cop motorcycle was set on fire and authorities dispersed the crowd using tear gas.
Greek police announced 11 arrests as a result of the unrest.
As for Anastasiou, he returned to the game soon after the flying cup incident.
“I feel a little dizzy, but I’m otherwise fine,” he told the Associated Press after his club’s 3-0 victory.
Cleveland Indians reliever and Simcoe, Ont., native John Axford was perfect Sunday night, going 18-for-18 in his Oscars picks.
The self-proclaimed mustache and film aficionado posted his picks to Facebook in advance of the Academy Awards ceremony.
Here’s his lineup card:
18. Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby
17. Best Visual Effects – Gravity
16. Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club (could be because I watched it last night and the images are fresh in my mind).
15. Best Editing – Gravity
14. Best Song – Let it Go (from “Frozen”)
13. Best Score – Gravity
12. Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”)
11. Best Documentary Feature – Twenty Feet from Stardom
10. Best Foreign Language Feature – The Great
9. Best Animated Feature – Frozen (Unlike the past, this is going against my kids…They love Despicable Me 2 and The Croods)
8. Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”)
7. Best Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze (“Her”) (The music video lover in me is made this choice!)
6. Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave”)
5. Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
4. Best Actress – Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)
3. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) (Hands down…Sorry again Leo)
2. Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) (I have a soft spot for Cuaron. He did one of my favorite films of all time…Children of Men)
1. Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
And he’s already gearing up for next year.
Former pro wrestler Scott Hall — also commonly known as Razor Ramon — tweeted a photo Friday of himself, Chris Benoit and The Undertaker. The caption turned some heads.
The joke being: The most common variation of Undertaker’s — real name Mark Calaway — name is Deadman. In June 2007, Benoit committed suicide after killing his wife and son. He is the “Dead Man” Hall references.
The photo was taken in the 1980s, according to Hall.
Hall received mixed reaction, including some heat, for the joke — one that he said Benoit, his friend, would have appreciated.
Amidst the backlash, the folks over at Deadspin noticed a story Hall told that may have provided a glimpse into the troubled mind of Benoit.
Here’s some more reaction.