Who could blame Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa for the following over-the-top reaction?
After being manhandled during Saturday’s matinee at Madison Square Garden, Bieksa did what any self-respecting NHLer would do: attempt to save face by coming to blows with the other team’s man mountain before punting his opponent’s helmet across the ice.
So much for sportsmanship.
Ever heard of losing gracefully, Mr. Bieksa?
Jokes aside, it’s usually junior coaches who are seen whining, kicking and hurling things across the ice on a near-monthly basis.
Following Vancouver’s 5-2 loss to the Rangers, though, it was Bieksa who drop-kicked Brian Boyle’s headgear across the ice.
Next logical question: Which was worse… Bieksa’s punt attempt, or Boyle’s moustache?
The bearded defenceman-turned-forward was referring to the unusual circumstances of playing a Friday matinee game the day after scarfing down a massive Thanksgiving dinner. (Plus, Burns had just scored as many goals as San Jose’s opponent, the St. Louis Blues — an odd sight.)
The weirdness continued, albeit in a different sense, when Burns arrived home for the night.
On his driveway were a dozen hats dropped off by what one presumes were overjoyed Sharks fans who weren’t in attendance to see Burns’ career night.
That’s a creative spin on the at-the-rink tradition.
Who said California doesn’t care about their hockey?
The level of frustration is high in Leafs Nation. After the club’s red-hot start, the Toronto Maple Leafs are 3-4-3 over their last 10 games and have lost their past four, including Friday’s overtime defeat at the hands of the last-place Buffalo Sabres.
The loss was enough to push some fans — presumably those dressed in Blue & White — who attended the game at First Niagara Center to throw beer cans onto the ice as the Sabres saluted the crowd.
“After a home win you get beer cans thrown at you,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford told reporters. “We’ll take it.”
Now, we’re not saying those who threw those liquid-filled metal objects are a true representation of all Leafs fans … but with the way things are going for the team these days, let’s say it won’t be surprising to see somebody break out the waffles Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.