February 27 2014 01:42PM
The point an old elementary school science teacher of mine would hammer home when discussing the scientific method was that it must be replicated: an experiment is basically useless if it can only be performed once and not over and over and over again.
The way he'd explain this is that the steps of the experiment would need to be carefully written down so that somebody who didn't know you at all would you able to replicate and see if he or she would find the same results. The personification of this hypothetical humanoid replicating the experiment was often an alien descending from outer space.
Let's take that same alien, who, in between trying to replicate all the crappy fifth grade science experiments found in his inbox (and that's his day job) decided to tune into Toronto Maple Leafs games. The catch is that the alien pays attention to the Leafs, strictly on game days, from puck drop to the end of the game.
February 08 2014 07:07PM
Shortly after Phil Kessel made the score 2-1 for Toronto, Craig Simpson (in his infinite wisdom) decided to call Kessel a "one shot scorer". I'm not sure about that description. Kessel came into the game third in the NHL in shots on goal. His shooting percentage of 11.2% is not an eyebrow-raising distance from the mean.
Kessel scores goals, lots of goals, because he takes a lot of shots, and because he has an excellent shot, and he uses it, game after game after game. He also belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs for eight more years, and he helped the Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since before the first lockout. When the Leafs last beat the Canucks, Kessel was playing with the United States' national development program's U-17 squad. Yes, it's been a while. And the final was 3-1 for the Leafs.
February 08 2014 03:34AM
The number one movie the last time the Leafs defeated the Canucks. Seriously.
So the Maple Leafs hit Game 60, going into the Olympic break, comfortably in a playoff position and with a chance to really take a big lead against a struggling opponent that's just been devastated by injuries. Living out in Vancouver, you can't throw a stone without hitting somebody that's complaining in some respect about the Canucks (and believe me, I test this theory daily) and the theory out here is that the team is no longer a playoff team. It has some good fixtures on defence, but no game-breaking talents and too much cap space tied up to holdovers of the 2010-2011 team.
This represents the best chance for Toronto to beat Vancouver for the first time since November 24 2003, playing at home against a team at the bitter end of a losing road trip.
February 06 2014 11:22AM
The big story in the hockey world today is that Steven Stamkos will not be playing for Team Canada in the Winter Olympics, replaced by Martin St. Louis. A somewhat surprising statistic is that since the start of the 2010-11 season, Martin St. Louis has more points than anybody else in the NHL. Second? Claude Giroux, also a high-profile Canadian Olympic snub. Third is Stamkos, and only one of those players will get to play for its nation at the Olympics.
This is a big loss to Canada, but you feel it more for Stamkos, who is right in his peak scoring years and, given the NHL may not send players to Pyeongchang in 2018, may have missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be an Olympian:
“Today is obviously very disappointing for me,” Stamkos said in a statement Wednesday. “I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can’t force healing. I know, in the best interest of my long term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to.”
There had been optimism Stamkos could play for the Lightning in their final game before the Olympic break on Saturday, ending a 40-game stretch out of the lineup.
February 04 2014 08:59PM
Shot clock in Florida midway through the second period
Well, I suppose Jeffler posted the above photo across social media for a reason. For those of you who never saw Space Jam, log off right now and go watch the movie, and THEN come re-join us in the postgame thread. For those that need a refresher, scrawny aliens need to play a basketball game against the Looney Tunes, so they capture the talents of NBA stars and beat up on the Looney Tunes until the second half, when the Tunes are led by Michael Jordan to a heroic comeback and also get clutch performances from Bill Murray and Newman for some reason.
As best as I can tell, the Florida Panthers captured the talent of a real NHL team and just absolutely hammered the Leafs. The final score was 4-1 but that flattered the Leafs somewhat. I have no idea what I just saw.