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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hockey

Kings’ Drew Doughty taunts Flames fans ‘suck my d—‘ after winning goal

Drew Doughty Flames fans

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty offered a profane taunt to Calgary Flames fans after burying the winning goal in overtime of Tuesday night’s game.

Doughty scored on a one-time on the power play in overtime to give the Kings the 4-3 win. Immediately after the goal, he skated over to the boards and yelled at some Flames fans. It wasn’t hard to make out what he was saying to them: “suck my d—!” He even did a crotch chop.

There’s nothing like a player getting into it with opposing fans like this, especially after they were on him all game.

Doughty had two assists in addition to the goal and was credited with four hits. It was the 29-year-old’s second goal of the season.

Alex Ovechkin to throw out first pitch before Nationals’ Game 4

One of Washington D.C.’s most popular athletes will throw out there ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Nationals returned home after earning a split in the two games that took place in Los Angeles. Washington winning one of the first two games means there will be at least four games in the best-of-five series. Prior to Game 4, the crowd at Nationals Park will get to see one of its sports heroes throw out the ceremonial first pitch: Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, the captain of the Washington Capitals, was the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs) as the Capitals won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 2018. Hopefully this attempt is better than the last time Ovechkin was given the opportunity to throw out a first pitch.

Blues surprised superfan Laila with her own Stanley Cup ring

Laila Anderson Blues ring

The St. Louis Blues had one of the most improbable Stanley Cup runs in NHL history, and they credited superfan Laila Anderson for inspiring them. They have now rewarded her with one of the highest honors possible.

The Blues shared a video on Twitter Tuesday that shows Alexander Steen and Colton Parayko (Laila’s favorite player) surprising Anderson with her own Stanley Cup ring.

The Blues made Laila part of their rings too. The bottom of the rings all have her name engraved on them.

Laila expressed her gratitude with a post on Instagram:

Anderson, who is battling hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a systemic inflammatory syndrome, met Parayko during his visit to St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Halloween last year. The Blues were the worst team in the NHL at the start of 2019 and rallied to make the playoffs before going on to win it all. Throughout the season, Parayko kept in touch with Anderson, who believed in the team the entire way and became a symbol of inspiration.

Anderson even hoisted the Stanley Cup when the Blues won it all. Perhaps nothing tops getting your own ring though.

Look: Robin Lehner’s NHL award has a pretty terrible mix-up

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Goaltender Robin Lehner was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the end of the 2018-19 season, honoring him for perseverance and sportsmanship after he battled back from alcoholism and bipolar disorder to backstop the team to the playoffs. However, there was one little problem with the trophy.

Lehner won the award as a member of the New York Islanders, but the trophy listed him as a member of the New York Rangers in a pretty big error.

One would assume the NHL will supply him with a new nameplate. It’s the least they can do, especially after Lehner formed such a quality bond with Islanders fans over the course of the season.

Sidney Crosby has been wearing the same jock strap since midget hockey

Sidney Crosby

Professional athletes are known for being superstitious creatures, and that can lead to some disgusting habits. Sidney Crosby has one that may surprise — if not repulse — you.

Crosby was a guest on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast recently with former teammates Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette, and a discussion about when he finally updated his stick to the latest technology led to a mention of his jock strap. Apparently it is known among Crosby’s teammates that he has been wearing the same jock strap for years. How many years? At least 15 or so.

Midget hockey is for players aged 15-17, and Crosby is 32. He says he has made some alterations to the undergarment over the years, but that’s still downright shocking.

Crosby is apparently just old school, if you want to call it that. He doesn’t like change, which is why he also revealed that he used a wood blade stick for the first several seasons of his career until switching to a one-piece because they didn’t make his old one anymore. He scored 50 goals the year he made the change, so apparently he adjusted to it quickly. Perhaps he just doesn’t like the way they make new jock straps, either.

We’ve seen some weird requests for athletes in the past involving jock straps, so we can only imagine the ones Crosby is going to get after sharing that little piece of information.

H/T Crab Man

Watch: Ryan O’Reilly takes tooth out during ESPYs acceptance speech

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Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues did perhaps the most hockey thing ever during this year’s ESPY Award’s ceremony.

The Blues took home the award for Best Comeback for going from the worst team in the NHL at one point during the season to winning the Stanley Cup.

Among those to take the stage to accept the award was O’Reilly, who took a moment to remove his tooth before continuing to speak.

Hockey players are no strangers to losing teeth on the ice, but this may be the first time we have seen one voluntarily remove one during an awards show.

PK Subban’s new profile pic after trade to Devils is hilarious

PK Subban

Defenseman P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a deal that came together quite quickly. While he likely heard the trade rumors that surrounded him in the days leading up to the NHL Draft, the deal itself didn’t give him much advance warning.

After the deal was officially announced, Subban realized he needed to change his profile picture to something more fitting — and he came up with a hilarious solution.

The Devils added Subban in a blockbuster trade with the Nashville Predators, who were looking to clear salary in order to retain defenseman Roman Josi and enter the free agent market. Subban, at least, seems excited about his new adventure in New Jersey.