Pavel Datsyuk returned to the NHL from injury Tuesday night in Montreal, and looked magical on the ice.
The Detroit Red Wings star scored what looked to be the goal of the night on a nifty move deep in the Canadiens end, spinning quickly in the slot before sending a laser beam backhander to the top corner against Carey Price.
Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed.
This also might have factored into the referee’s decision:
The Scottish Premier League is known for its grittiness.
The tackles just seem harder in a league that’s a bit more brutish.
At times, it feels like the WWE’s ringside announcers might be better suited to call SPL matches.
Especially when players are performing goal celebrations like this:
Dundee FC’s Jim McAlister helped celebrate Gary Harkins’s game-winning goal by giving his teammate an RKO, Randy Orton’s finishing move in the WWE ring.
The Scottish club had a bit of fun with it, too, adding in actual wrestling commentary for good measure.
Unlike wrestling, the 3-1 beatdown Dundee laid on Motherwell was very real.
You’ve heard of a fake punt.
You’ve heard of a fake field goal.
But a fake punt return?
Yep, it’s possible. And the St. Louis Rams pulled off a sensational trick return that turned out to be the difference in their 28-26 win over the visiting Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon.
It started like any other Jon Ryan punt.
But watch Rams kick returner Tavon Auston draw Seattle’s special teams unit to the bottom portion of the screen.
While that’s happening, St. Louis wide receiver Stedman Bailey drops back to the 10-yard-line to receive the punt before taking it to the house – giving Seahawks coach Pete Carroll a dose of his own trick play medicine.
We’re only a handful of games into the 2014-15 season, but rest assured this paddle stop by Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper will be on every end-of-the-season highlight reel.
With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, Kuemper preserves the score after a cross-ice pass by Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry appeared to deflect off the skate of Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin. It made the diving stop all the more impressive.
Minnesota eventually lost 2-1, but Kuemper’s teammates threw praise the goaltender’s way.
“Kuemper played a (heck of a) game again,” Wild winger Nino Niederreiter said. “He kept us in the game.”
A massive brawl. Twelve players ejected. Riot police involved. Game suspended.
What would you expect? An NHL game from the mid-70′s, likely involving the Philadelphia Flyers?
Nope, it had nothing to do with hockey.
It was just another day in Division 3 soccer, Argentina-style.
Earlier this week, a game between Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti, two rivals in the Argentine league, degenerated into a swirling mass of brawling players that led to riot cops coming onto the field, players being taken out of the stadium in ambulances and the referee abandoning proceedings.
It was an ugly, ugly mess that appeared to be sparked by — what else — a diving player faking an injury, which resulted in an opponent being tossed out.
When the dust settled, 12 players had been red-carded and the game officials had scurried off the field.
In the grand scheme of things, the game has little importance on the sporting landscape. But if you’ve got a few minutes to kill, the video is pretty darn funny to watch.