Sedins save Canucks with five-pass ‘Sedin Magic’ OT winner

Jared Clinton
Sedins (Getty Images)

There are times when Daniel and Henrik Sedin are so in sync that it seems unbelievable, even for twins. Wednesday night was another one of those moments.

After the Blackhawks scored two goals in the final two minutes to tie the score at four and send the game to overtime, the Sedins hit the ice in overtime and teamed up to make Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival look like a passing obstacle. The Sedins completed not one, not two, but five tape-to-tape passes before Daniel found the back of the net. Read more

Stars captain Jamie Benn does right thing, apologizes for slighting Sedin twins

Adam Proteau
Jamie Benn (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

When Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin went on a Dallas sports radio station and participated in a highly-disparaging conversation about Canucks stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin, they were the co-culprits behind a smear job on two players who’ve done nothing to deserve it. But to the credit of Benn and the Stars organization, both made efforts Wednesday to rectify that error in judgment: Dallas’ captain reached out to apologize to the twin brothers, and the team made clear the respect they have for the veteran stars.

Of course, that didn’t stop many Stars fans from reflexively leaping up to defend their hometown heroes when Seguin and Benn were called to account for that error. That’s to be expected. That’s what a large percentage of every fan base instinctively does. In this particular case, they argued that, because Benn and Seguin didn’t come out and explicitly accuse the Sedins of a perverse or bizarre fraternal relationship – and, in an even more specious argument, because people had called them “creepy” before in far different contexts – it absolved them of being responsible for implying that something wasn’t right with the brothers as human beings. (audio via TSN Radio Vancouver)

The fatal flaw with those theories: they ignore the lead-in discussion, which centered around what happened with NHLers in hotel rooms on the road. When Benn gets the ball rolling by saying, “who knows what else (the Sedins) do together?”, are people trying to argue he was suggesting the Sedins were playing with toy trains, like the Hanson Brothers? Please. Read more

Henrik Sedin’s answer to Jamie Benn & Tyler Seguin’s inane comments: another reason the Sedins are hockey gems

Adam Proteau
Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin  (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars fowards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are two of the more talented hockey players in the world, but they embarrassed their franchise and the NHL Tuesday and owe Vancouver Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin an apology for untoward remarks made on a Texas radio show.

Benn and Seguin appeared on a Dallas sports talk radio show Tuesday and were discussing NHL players rooming on the road when, for some unexplained and indefensible reason, they decided to make rotten insinuations about the Sedins’ relationship as brothers. (audio via TSN Radio Vancouver)

“Who knows what else (the Sedins) do together,” said Benn, to the snickers of all the alleged adults in the room.

“Seriously,” replied Seguin, momentarily losing all grasp of what the word “seriously” actually means.

“Dude, it’s creepy,” one of the hosts said, “In fact, it’s a good example to future brothers in the NHL on how not to do things.”

I’ve got news for everyone involved with that disgraceful exchange: you should be so lucky to have the Sedin Twins representing your team. The fact you would dare say they’re the example of how two brothers shouldn’t behave in the NHL is a giant flashing sign pointing out your colossal ignorance on the topic. Read more

10 players who retired with teams you wouldn’t expect

Mats Sundin

This season the NHL has had three very different situations play out when it comes to the retirement of notable players. Each of Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Brodeur, and Evgeni Nabokov had called it quits, but each in different ways.

Alfredsson signed a one-day free agent deal with the Senators to retire in the city that he called home for so many years, while Brodeur retired a Blue after signing a deal in St. Louis as a free agent after Brian Elliott went down with an injury.

Then there’s Nabokov. The long-time San Jose Sharks goaltender was traded back to San Jose on Monday following a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a move that will allow the 39-year-old to hang them up in the place he had the best years of his career.

Many times, however, players aren’t allowed to ride off into the sunset the way that Alfredsson and Nabokov had. So, like Brodeur, these are 10 players that have retired in cities you wouldn’t expect: Read more

Wild rookie Matt Dumba’s shot will bust your blade

Adam Proteau
Matt Dumba (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Minnesota rookie defenseman Matt Dumba has yet to establish himself as an elite-level NHLer, but if he continues taking slap shots that break the skate blade of another player – in this case, one belonging to Canucks winger Derek Dorsett – he’s going to become known around the league in a hurry.

Dumba unloaded a slap shot from the blueline Monday and the force of the shot blasted the skate blade clean off of Dorsett’s right foot, leaving the veteran to hobble to the bench on one skate to get a replacement: (gif from @TheCauldron via reddit user kasabe) Read more

Top 10 throwback jerseys that should make a comeback

Thomas Hickey (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders donned the infamous “Fisherman” jerseys to honor their history and the time they’ve spent at Nassau Coliseum. In exactly a month, the Phoenix Coyotes will don the same jerseys they wore in their debut season – the kachina threads that became best known for looking like something Picasso would have designed.

But what are the jerseys we’d most like to see make a comeback? With the advent of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, retro jerseys have a very clear place in today’s NHL, so it opens up the door for jersey lovers to let their minds wonder. These are the top 10 extinct jerseys that we’d like to see come back to life – even if only for a night. Read more

Jets scratch star Evander Kane in his hometown – and something’s got to give

Adam Proteau
Evander Kane (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets have been one of the NHL’s best stories this season, a good group of players in a great hockey city that deserves a winner. But somewhat lost amid the positive vibes around the franchise is the continuing saga of star winger Evander Kane – and that saga took a sharp turn Tuesday night when coach Paul Maurice made Kane a healthy scratch in his hometown of Vancouver.

The reason why Kane was scratched wasn’t clear, but he had talked to reporters earlier in the day as if he would be in the lineup against the Canucks – and because Winnipeg didn’t have any extra forwards dressed, star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (who recently said publicly he didn’t want to move back to forward) had to take his spot in the wake of Maurice’s decision.

And that type of unexpected, humiliating development doesn’t bode well for Kane’s future as a Jet. Read more

Five horrible hockey coaching gaffes to rival Pete Carroll’s Super Bowl blunder

Vladimir Myshkin, Team USSR (Eric Schweikardt, SI/Getty Images)

If I’m a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, I’d probably agree their choice to throw on second and goal was a mistake of Titanic proportions.

Given I’m neutral, I see it through a different lens. Running the ball was no guarantee of a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch, it turns out, isn’t efficient at punching it in from the one. And goal-line running plays, as this Pittsburgh Steelers fan can attest (see Jerome Bettis, 2005 AFC divisional playoffs), can have just as dire consequences.

Regardless, of your take, the play will live in infamy and Pete Carroll’s legacy will be attached to it.

But epic coaching gaffes aren’t unique to football. Here are five head-scratchers from our world that ended with massive fails.

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