The Final Skate

HIO readers: Below is my final post for the NY Times Slap Shot blog. I’m moving over to Sports Illustrated’s website starting next week. I’ll be taking a short break from HIO as I get settled at SI.com, but hope to be back here within a couple of weeks. Thanks for all your support and kind comments this fall. — SH

The horn will sound today signaling the end of my posting on The Times
Slap Shot blog, but before going into that, here’s our final skate
through the N.H.L.

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There was no better show last night than the one put on by old rivals
Boston and Montreal, going at it with playoff intensity in a game won
by the Canadiens 3-1. But it’s funny how perceptions of the game differ.

“The pace was hellish!,” La Presse’s Pierre Ladouceur commented.

“The play on both sides was choppy and erratic,” wrote Stephen
Harris in The Boston Herald
.

“That was a fantastic hockey game,” Pierre McGuire, who was the
rinkside analyst for TSN, effused this morning on Ottawa radio Team 990 (audio),
lauding the great goaltending of Tuukka Rask and Carey Price, the many
bodychecks delivered, the skill and pace at which it was played.

“Surprisingly, there was hardly any sizzle….Aside from a few
flareups, last night’s game barely tickled the needle on the emotional
gauge,” wrote Fluto
Shinzawa in The Boston Globe
.

Well, both can’t be right, right? The Greek tragedian Aeschylus
wrote, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The same must be true
among journalists reporting on hockey rivalries.

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The Final Skate

HIO readers: Below is my final post for the NY Times Slap Shot blog. I’m moving over to Sports Illustrated’s website starting next week. I’ll be taking a short break from HIO as I get settled at SI.com, but hope to be back here within a couple of weeks. Thanks for all your support and kind comments this fall. — SH

The horn will sound today signaling the end of my posting on The Times
Slap Shot blog, but before going into that, here’s our final skate
through the N.H.L.

rH_l70gXcYQ

There was no better show last night than the one put on by old rivals
Boston and Montreal, going at it with playoff intensity in a game won
by the Canadiens 3-1. But it’s funny how perceptions of the game differ.

“The pace was hellish!,” La Presse’s Pierre Ladouceur commented.

“The play on both sides was choppy and erratic,” wrote Stephen
Harris in The Boston Herald
.

“That was a fantastic hockey game,” Pierre McGuire, who was the
rinkside analyst for TSN, effused this morning on Ottawa radio Team 990 (audio),
lauding the great goaltending of Tuukka Rask and Carey Price, the many
bodychecks delivered, the skill and pace at which it was played.

“Surprisingly, there was hardly any sizzle….Aside from a few
flareups, last night’s game barely tickled the needle on the emotional
gauge,” wrote Fluto
Shinzawa in The Boston Globe
.

Well, both can’t be right, right? The Greek tragedian Aeschylus
wrote, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The same must be true
among journalists reporting on hockey rivalries.

Continue reading “The Last Skate.” >>

55 Comments

  1. habs4ever2894 says:

    Im more annoyed with the leafs than ever before. They really put the northeast in Boston’s hands for years to come. I read some of the leafs fans comments on TSN and a bunch of them say fire Burke and restart the building process . If they give boston another top notch prospect in this years draft, Boston will eventually be unstoppable and therefore the leafs will never win ever again!!!! I hate what the leafs have done and it hurts to say but i hope they start winning soon and at least finish in 9-11 position in the east.

  2. topher5468 says:

    Hey, anybody hear Brian Burke lamenting on the Leafs “Decades of failure” and that their calender is not 2 years but from 1967, HAHAHAHA. I dont hear them making fun of Carey Prices’ inability to win at home anymore. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  3. Chorske says:

    Congrats on the upgrade.

    Now go give ‘em Hackel.

    (…and that would be the millionth time you’ve heard that one?)

  4. Rice Miller says:

    Price 9 wins

    Halak 8 wins

    And really, wins is the only statistical catergory that really counts when all is said and done.

  5. sholi2000.com says:

    For my Crosby Fans

    They Call Me Shane

  6. JVF says:

    Thanks for the stories, the great writing, the humor, the understanding of the game and the cool videos but most of all, thanks for the fabulous music! Look forward to continue reading you…

  7. Clay4bc says:

    Congrats Stu – you’re always a great read. Good luck in your new gig, and don’t forget about us little guys.

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  8. Danno says:

    Wow. Really great report Stu. I love the way you weave the video clips throughout your story. Really enjoyed it. Thanks and all the best with your new job at SI.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  9. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah, well I like 15 year old Scotch with Cuban cigars. Can’t smoke the cigars now, because I quit smoking cigarettes 4 years ago, and I don’t want to get on the nicotine again. Sucks, but that’s life.

    What was your point again?

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  10. Clay4bc says:

    Really the best case scenario is the Leafs win the President’s Trophy and then get swept in the first round (by Boston or the Habs?) – and then not make the playoffs the next season. From their high of finishing first the Bruins get a late pick, and  then with a first round sweep the Leafs are totally humiliated. Win-win.

    Unfortunately, the Leafs suck far too much for this little daydream to come to fruition.

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  11. Clay4bc says:

    I hate to burst your bubble there, but Halak still has better numbers overall than Price this season, in all major statistical categories.

    Just sayin’…

    So why are you on here rinning your mouth like Halak sucks and Price is the second coming of Christ? Just be happy Price is playing well, because after last season it wasn’t even close regarding who was the better goalie, whether you chose to think so or not. Good for Price to be playing so well, and he’s shut up the detractors (including me), but Halak has also shut up his thus far.

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  12. Fakharuddin40 says:

    I like jackets and I have one with myself but now I strongly wishes to buy another for myself.

     

    http://www.jackets4bikes.com

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Always nice to progress in your field of work Stu. Just don’t go to far away, we enjoyed you here with us.

    Make sure you get to Mtl. for the HIO  Stanley Parade summit, either this spring or next.

  14. Seps says:

    I just realised I was at that game^.  Lol incase anybody cares.

     

    Hockey is what’s called a team game.

  15. Seps says:

    I could maybe see a like button

     

    Hockey is what’s called a team game.

  16. Everlasting1 says:

    Gotta love Anaheim’s Hiller..solid black goalie mask. That’s hardcore :-)

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  17. dre1744 says:

    I wouldn’t be bitter either from going from the press box  to playing 25 min.

  18. Everlasting1 says:

    Get real..

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  19. kimberly says:

    Congrats Stu! All the best! We look forward to your return to HIO.

  20. dre1744 says:

    thats good right……  Remember what happened too him after the montreal allstar game??????   we don’t want him sucking for another 2 years  do we.

  21. Everlasting1 says:

    Yup, 7 goals already. And Selanne? 7 goals, 11 assists..

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  22. fbkj says:

    seen him get a shutout in the playoffs

    jaro

    not so much

  23. habaddict_andy says:

    I guess they never pass him the puck in their own zone which result in delay of game.

    Joking aside, good for O’B. He didn’t have any bitterness when he was interviewed after the trade. Pretty cool guy.

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  24. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Saku is a beast, man.

    On a tight schedule and already having played 18 games – he’s on pace for another 50+ point season and 32 goals.Talk about clutch. SOLID 2nd line center.

    Soon to be 36 years old.

  25. habaddict_andy says:

    Does that mean you will now post regularly on HIO with pictures of ladies with swim suits? And this is what happenens when you join HIO.

    Congrats to you!

     

    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  26. NightRyder says:

    Nice to see a guy get a real shot. Wasn’t ever going to happen for him in Montreal.

  27. JohnnyBEast says:

    So somehow Price didn’t crack the top 18 in the league fot the All-Star game ballot! The Drunk Russian in
    Edmonton got his name in there, with a sparkling, 4 wins, 3.64 GAA and
    .890 SV%. Or how about MA Fluery, and his 2 wins, 3.23 GAA and an
    amazing .860 SV%. Niemi, 1 W, 3.90, SV% .872! Price also has better
    stats in all three categories then a couple more that made it, Brodeur,
    Bryzgalov, Giguere, Lundqvist, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Vokoun, Ward, Miller,
    Rinne, Anderson… Yep couldn’t make that group

  28. JohnnyBEast says:

    Who picks this?

  29. Everlasting1 says:

    -1

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  30. twocents says:

    Congratulations Stu.

    The Morning Skate had a unique character and was always a good read. I look forward to reading your work for S.I.

  31. db says:

    Has it already been suggested having a thumbs up/down for comments on this board?  One that shows total votes and %? 

    Good, bad, lame?

  32. Everlasting1 says:

    Wow, Price is off to a good start..seen this movie before. People have such short memory.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  33. since1988 says:

    Congrats on the promotion

    “When people agree with me i always feel that i must be wrong” – Oscar Wilde

  34. munch17 says:

    Fortunately the Habs don’t need a big strong right handed d-man!

  35. StevieRay says:

    Price not on the all star ballots ..???? WTF

  36. Harani says:

    O’Byrne played 24:51, +1, had 3 shots, 6 hits and 4 blocked shots in a 5-1 Colorado win in Columbus. Happy for him. Good luck!

    And also on an aside, check out this postgame celebration by the Kings right after their win on Thursday. Kinda cool no?

    “It must be love!”

  37. OneTimer says:

    O’B was also entrusted with 2:09 minutes short-handed, and COL didn’t allow a goal. Good for him :)

  38. habsgod says:

    we would beat them again in the playoffs if we met them ……….like we did in 1978 swept them 4-0 cam connors scoring the winning goal

  39. habsgod says:

    your right it’s not all about price but when halak was traded it’s all i heard about how this team was doomed and that halak is better than price etc,etc, well he isn’t better than price never will be either! subban is an absolute stud and will win rookie of the year hands down.

  40. pmaraw says:

    i was hoping the leafs would make the playoffs this year, behind habs of course, but i mean its all well and good to rag on leaf fans, but ever since i was a kid i’ve wanted to see a playoff series between the two clubs.

  41. pmaraw says:

    take the I told you so’s to the don cherry boards.  we have a good club, its not just about price when he’s in net this year, subban wont allow it.

  42. habsgod says:

    i wanted to say hi to all my fellow habs fans i am sure enjoying watching carey price make some of you eat your words,i always said that he’d play like this he had too much talent not to!

     also here’s my facebook status that i made today i thought i’d sahre it with all of you and have a little laugh and fun with it!

    The Habs beating the Leafs is like taking a dump.It’s good and Regular! hahahahahaha

  43. fbkj says:

    HEY NOW…. disco stu got a new gig… congratz man… dont forget about us commoners and by dont forget about us i mean send a palette of swim suit issues our way plz???

    Seriously though, thanks for your great input and I do hope you come back sooner than later

     

  44. Clay4bc says:

    ‘HEY NOW’…Hank Kingsley?

    __________________________

    Code: We’re shaking up the lines to add offense.

    Translation: I’m pulling names out of a hat and hoping it works.

  45. Propwash says:

    Congrats Stu on the new job! Look forward to seeing your excellent posts on HIO again soon!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  46. secretdragonfly says:

    Getting to hit the siren??? That is totally awesome……Congratulations, Stu; hopefully this is a move upwards for you and that you will continue to provide us with your insights.  Say hi to Michael Farber for us :)

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Congratulations on moving up to SI Stu, you deserve it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    “In war, truth is the first casualty.”

    What better place to learn that  than at the New York Times?

     

  49. punkster says:

    Great for you Stu and even greater for us that you joined the HI/O crew. Good luck at SI.

  50. db says:

    Thanks Stu, see you soon! 

    Please tell me that SI won’t insist on N.H.L?!  Make it a contract stipulation!!

  51. petrov14 says:

    DIdnt notice you comment untill I posted….I second you comment, here and above.

    I thought I was the only one whom that bothered. N.H.L. just looks awful.

    M.L.B.? N.F.L.? N.B.A.? Probably not, so why N.H.L.? Ugh…..okay im done my mini rant.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  52. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Congrats, Stu – best of luck!

  53. petrov14 says:

    Will SI require you to type NHL as “N.H.L.”?  ;)

    Good luck with the new job!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  54. Jbird says:

    I doubt it. The “Nyt” is the only paper with insane issues with spelling and capitalizing acronyms right. 

  55. fbkj says:

    sorta

    howard stern’s cannibalization of :D


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