Massive brawls breaking out during games is nothing new, but it sure is different when it’s a bunch of peewees going at it. That’s what happened in this all-out fight between a couple of youth teams at a tournament in Novokuznetsk, Russia, according to Puck Daddy. These kids are all less than 12 years old, yet they’re absolutely beating on each other like they’re on “The Ultimate Fighter” trying for a spot in the UFC. We don’t ordinarily promote violence at LBS, but when there’s a 20-on-20 fight breaking out and everyone has a man like that playground scene in “Good Will Hunting,” we can’t pass up sharing it with you.Google+
Two women attending the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks playoff game on Monday night mistook a hockey game for amateur night at the gentleman’s club. For some reason, one woman decided to shake her breasts as the referees convened by the boards to fix a pane of glass that had become dislodged. At one point she was able to get her friend sitting next to her to join in on the fun.
We knew that puck bunnies were a generous group, but did anyone expect this? About the only thing more distracting would have been if they were sitting behind the players on the bench, like this girl.
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One of the most classless, insensitive gestures we have ever seen came from a Toronto Maple Leafs fan who brought a “Toronto Stronger” sign to the team’s playoff game against the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
The “Toronto Stronger” slogan was a play on the “Boston Strong” movement, which has been the rallying cry of the historic city since the marathon bombing that led to five deaths and nearly 300 people injured.
As if the “Toronto Stronger” words weren’t insensitive enough, the fan also included a ribbon on his poster.
It’s truly amazing that this fan actually thought that creating such a poster was a good idea. “Boston Strong” was not a saying created by the Bruins specifically to ignite fan support for the playoff series against the Maple Leafs; it was a response to terrorist acts that killed people and marred one of the state’s most important events.
It’s distressing and disturbing that the fan doesn’t realize “Boston Strong” isn’t about sports but about a city bonding in response to terrorism.
For what it’s worth, the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.Google+
The Vancouver Canucks have already put themselves on the brink of elimination with a blowout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. They are currently trailing 3-0 in the series, but things didn’t always look so grim.
During Game 2 on Friday night, Vancouver fans briefly had their spirits lifted when Ryan Kesler scored in the third period to tie the game. He then scored a second time to give the team a 2-1 lead. As the Vancouver Sun pointed out, one fan placed a pizza order while the team was trailing 1-0, but changed plans after Kesler’s first goal tied the game:
— J.W. Cannon (@cannonjw) May 4, 2013
The Canucks went on to lose in overtime, so the fan probably wishes he just left to get the pizza so he didn’t have to get his hopes up. Since this person was obviously a huge Canucks fan, we hope the delivery driver didn’t say anything derogatory about the game when he got there. As we learned last year, that can be enough to get a guy fired.
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba could be facing a suspension from the NHL after delivering a brutal open-ice shot to Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller on Thursday night. Eller had his head down looking to receive a pass when Gryba lowered his shoulder and came barreling into him. Gryba’s shoulder wound up hitting Eller in the head and it appeared he smacked his face off the ice.
As you can see, the hit left Eller with a frightening amount of blood pouring from his face. The team later announced that he had suffered head and facial injuries but was alert and awake in the hospital after being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Gryba was assessed a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct.
While it did appear that Eller made the hit worse by slowing up, there’s no denying Gryba lead with his shoulder to the head. The intent didn’t seem to be as blatant as this awful knee-to-knee hit we saw a couple months ago, but it was plenty to warrant a suspension. Chances are Gryba will be sitting out Game 2 on Friday night.
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Many athletes shared their reactions to Jason Collins coming out on Monday. Most sports figures were supportive of Collins, while some others were not.
The best reaction of all may have come from Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner:
Honestly I don’t care if you are gay or straight as my teammate. As long as you don’t listen to Nickelback. #courage
— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) April 30, 2013
It’s hard to beat that tweet. Well played, Penner.
And why is it that everyone hates Nickelback so much?
The defending champion Kings were on a power play with the game tied 1-1 in overtime. Quick went behind the net to retrieve a puck and was debating which way he should pass it. For some reason, he tried to slip the puck along the boards in the direction of Alex Steen, who was closing in behind the net after just getting on the ice. Steen stole the puck and pushed it in for an easy game-winning goal.
“I don’t have an option to the left, and you’re trying to force him to the left, trying to give my D-man a little more time with the puck …. You try to make him make a decision. And he got the stick on it,” Quick said of the play, via the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott.
The goal was Steen’s second of the game — he also scored in the first on a power play. The Kings were unable to score until 32 seconds left in the game when they finally netted one with the extra man on the ice.
Quick stopped 40 shots on the night, but his one big mistake cost the team. Everything went perfectly for the Kings in their Stanley Cup run last season, but it’s already shaping up to be a much different story this postseason.Google+