Good Thing for Ryan O’Byrne Hockey Isn’t Played in Colombia

Man, you know that great feeling when you do something for the first time after working on it for years? Run a mile in under six minutes, nail that hot chick from the office, knock out a 20-pound hamburger? Or how about finally scoring your first goal of the year, 17 games into the new NHL season? That has to be a great feeling for a hockey player. Unless of course, you scored the goal on your own net like Ryan O’Byrne did …

Yes, the team had pulled the goalie to get a sixth attacker out their because of a delayed penalty, and O’Byrne scored the game-tying goal on his own net. And his Canadiens went on to lose 4-3 in a shootout to the Islanders. Ordinarily I’d have some sympathy for the poor fellow but I’m a Bruins fan and of course could not be more delighted. The only thing positive I have to say is good thing for O’Byrne hockey isn’t played in Colombia.

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Video: Bruins Milan Lucic Hits Mike Van Ryn Through the Glass, Hit of the Year!

There’s something about shattering glass that makes a hit seem so much more exceptional than it really is. For instance, Milan Lucic’s hip check on Mike Van Ryn of the Leafs was pretty standard. Sure, it was well-timed and unleashed with incredible force while Van Ryn was a sitting duck, but it wouldn’t be much more than a monster hit had the glass not broken. But with the glass shattering, err, exploding, this easily has become a nominee for NHL hit of the year. A must see:

I heard one announcer say that hit would be in highlight reels for the next ten years. He was right. Man, was that precious! Too bad the Bruins blew their 2-0 lead and lost 4-2. Bet you didn’t even know the final score nor cared.

So the Kings Had Ice Girl Tryouts

You might be inclined to go with the Laker girls over the Kings ice girls at first reaction, but I might have to change my initial thought based on what I saw from the Kings tryouts that took place recently. I’m not exactly sure what role ice girls have at a hockey game, but I’m all for anything that brings extra skin to a sporting event. The Kings have said that they’re looking for girls that will help represent the team as well as possible. My advice for them: You can teach anyone to skate better, but you can’t teach hotness. Feel me? Check out some of the talent on the ice:

LA Times Is Up-to-Date on its Hockey

LBS reader Andy happened upon the front page of the LA Times online the other day and noticed a nice feature story on Rob Blake getting some prominent play on the site. We’re talking about the front page of the entire site mind you, not just the sports section. And that’s in a town with fan favorites like the Lakers and Dodgers. Needless to say, it was a big step for the NHL to get that type of pub. Only problem, the web editor creating the captions isn’t exactly Mr. Current Affairs when it comes to the NHL. Check it out:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Rob Blake did sign with the San Jose Sharks a few weeks ago, no? Heck, didn’t the LA Times even have the story a few weeks ago? That’s what I thought. You know, I much prefer when web editors just stick to dirty titles instead.

Kristen Bell Crushed on Chris Osgood

Leave it to me to be right on time to the party and post this right after Chris Osgood had his worst game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Anyway, Kristen Bell, the star of Heroes, Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars and much more, revealed her first crush to NHL.com in an interview:

NHL.com: If you could meet any hockey player, who would you meet and why?

KB: Chris Osgood was my first crush. Brad Pitt be damned, he had nothing on Osgood’s rookie skill and sad eyes. There was actually a day in high school when I wrote on a name tag ‘Mrs. Osgood’ and wore it the whole day. I really thought we were perfect for each other. I’d love to meet him and probably apologize that things never worked out.

NHL.com: If you had the Stanley Cup for one day, what would you do with it?

KB: I would start by eating an entire box of Fruity Pebbles out of it. Then I’d take an afternoon sponge bath in it. Then I’d retro fit it with handles and make it into a Stanley Cup handbag.

Fruity Pebbles + Sponge Bath = Dream Come True. I can’t think of much better things to do with the Stanley Cup, but one would involve this lovely young lady pictured down here. As far as the above picture of Ms. Bell, I have to give major thanks to my man Justin for the tip. And there’s one more included after the jump, just for him.

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Patrick Kane on NHL Groupies, Hotties

I’m not exactly expecting you to know who Patrick Kane is because the last hockey players you probably followed included Gretzky and Messier. I’m not too far off. But Patrick Kane is a 19-year-old winger who was drafted first overall by the Blackhawks last year. He’s already off to a fantastic start, and he came on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio to celebrate being named SN NHL Rookie of the Year. Naturally Monty got right down to important hockey business:

You’ve played in a lot of different countries in this world … who’s got the best chicks?

Russia. If you go there, you’ll see the hottest chicks you’ll ever see. It’s not a great area but the girls down there, they’re pretty good.

You’ve played in Canada … how are Canadian ladies?

They’re pretty good. You know it’s funny — they know if you’re a hockey player. It’s pretty good. You don’t really have to initiate much out there, they’ll just come up and talk to you out there so it’s pretty cool.

What about the Euro girls? What about the Swedes and the Fins?

Yeah, the Swedes — they’re all blondes out there. If you like that, I’d head out there too, because they have some pretty good looking ones. I didn’t see too many in Finland that I really liked but I would probably have to say Sweden and Russia were the best for the European countries.

Anyone care to take a trip up to Canada with me? We’ll pass ourselves off as hot shot prospects from Duluth or something. The best part is that this kid’s only 19, so you know he’s really having some fun. Any wonder why athletes play worse on the road?

This little fan has the Mikka Kiprusoff routine down perfectly

There is one young hockey fan who may be more dedicated than all. Check out this Calgary Flames fan doing his Mikka Kiprusoff routine mimicking the goaltender’s every move.

What some people may call “cute,” I’ll elect for the choice word of “creepy.” That’s about the only thing I can think of to describe this.

Yeah, stalker is definitely the word that comes to mind — at least much more so than fan. Wearing a jersey’s cool, staking out after a game for an autograph works for me, but getting decked out in full goaltender’s gear just to watch a game? That’s taking it a wee-bit far. Though I know the entire population of the Black Hole disagrees (not to mention a Packers fan, too).