First Star, Worst Star: February 1, 2015

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SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!! I hope everyone bought enough tonnage of beer and chips and pizza and wings. It’s the one day a year where it’s acceptable to eat your weight in deep fried foods and pass out on the toilet by 8PM. But in the mean time, let’s check out who was the best, and the best of the worst in the NHL this week!

FIRST STAR 

You know, it’s been a while since I can remember seeing a Tuuka Rask highlight that didn’t include him losing his mind and hurling projectiles on the ice/at the boards/from the bench/etc, so this one is pretty special! 

I’m usually hesitant to proclaim anything “Thing Of The Year” when there’s still so much of the season left, but man this one is going to be hard to top. Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara decide to take a page out of the “Edmonton Oilers Book Of Defence” and stand hip to hip on one side of the net, while Grabner is WIDE open on the other. This should cut the Bruins lead to one, but Rask perfectly executes the “sprawling desperation save that looks like you totally knew what you were doing the whole time” maneuver to make one of the best saves you’ll ever see. If this was in international competition it would be commemorated on some kind of postage, but since this was just a game in the middle of the season we’re all going to forget about it until next December when TSN and Sportsnet start playing “Best Of The Year” highlight packages ad nauseum over the Christmas holidays. SAVE OF THE YEAR!! 

WORST STAR

Let’s keep the all-goalie theme going, this time from the complete opposite end of the spectrum. OH TORONTO! What are we ever gonna do with you! You fire your coach midseason because the team is under-performing once again, and you somehow get even worse! The Leafs are 3-16-1 in their last 20 games, and under new head coach Peter Horachek they’ve managed to win one game. ONE GAME. The only team that has less wins in January were the Buffalo Sabres, with ZERO. And you know what Toronto, it’s things like this that aren’t helping your cause (but brining much joy to the rest of us):

I’ve watched this goal probably 50 times now and I still have no idea what happened. I mean, I know OEL uncorked a half-speed change up at his own blue line, but how did it go in the net? Is there some kind of conspiracy at foot here? WAS THE PUCK GUIDED INTO THE NET BY SOME UNSEEN FORCES HELLBENT ON TRYING TO RUIN THE LEAFS? AND JUST HOW INVOLVED IS GARY BETTMAN AND THE NHL IN ALL OF THIS?

Eh, sorry, I spent the last couple of days listening to Pete Carroll interviews. 

Congratulations Toronto, just when you think your season can’t get any more embarrassing you somehow always find a way to make things even worse! On the plus side this is probably taking a little bit of the sting out of that whole “game 7 collapse” thing, right? *dodges rotten fruit hurled by Leafs Nation readers* 

  • WTF2

    If the Oilers could get their PP going their record may not be so dreadful.

    They should bring up Hunt and play him as a power play specialist only. They would dress 7 defensemen.

    They would drop one forward off of the 3rd and 4th lines.

    Using last night line up as an example they would have Gordon and Lander as centers and three wingers Hendricks, Klink and Frazer. Gazdic would sit out. Therefore 3 wingers would take 4 spots, or Eberle could spot on 3rd or 4th line as they see fit. RNH plays 22 minutes so I see no downside in increasing ice time for Hendricks, Ebs or Klink.

    They have lots of skill up front and if the Oilers could have gotten 1 more PP goal per game this season they may be in the playoff hunt

  • WTF2

    It’d be a nice treat if Sports Net et al would reduce or stop showing Laffs and Coilers games. Just awful franchises. I don’t know why we have to be subjected to that crap so often. It’s the reason why I watch way less hockey because nobody deserves to watch that crap.

  • WTF2

    Shorts you simply have to comprehend that some of the posters can’t handle the truth. Some of them discriminate against older individuals. This disgusting habit is called ageism. Oh they’ll claim they are mother Teresa with their relatives but their postings show their contempt for people who have a lot of experience in watching the game of hockey.

    Ironically one day they will look in the mirror and realize that they are old. I’m sure they will hope they are treated better than they treated their elders.