It was a busy week in the NHL, full of storylines both good and bad.
So, as we enter the weekend, we present you with another set of GIFs from the week that was. We could have focused on the controversial hits or the fantastic, highlight-reel goals, but we decided to go another route…we decided to turn to the blooper reel.
First up is Craig Anderson. Now, Anderson made the initial blunder with his puck-bumbling behind the net, but by not scoring, the Devils turned it into the rare blooper highlight. I saw this and immediately thought of Carey Price’s backwards save at the 2012 skills competition in Ottawa. Oh how I wish I could believe Anderson was looking at the glass reflection to make this save.
This is pretty much how Anderson’s season has gone so far. The Senators have allowed the most shots-against in the league per game, averaging nearly seven more than the next worst team – the lowly Buffalo Sabres. But Anderson can do no wrong. He has a .924 save percentage and would have a better win-loss record if the Sens could tighten up their ‘D’ a little more.
Team USA is watching his play closely, though, as Jonathan Quick has come out of the gate slow. Sochi is four months away.
Meanwhile, in Toronto…
The Maple Leafs goaltenders have been the story of the team’s young season so far. Toronto has been outshot (and outplayed at times), but enter the weekend tied for the division lead with the Detroit Red Wings at 6-2-0.
Thursday was the first real hiccup from the crease. James Reimer had to leave the game less than a minute into the first after Josh Leivo accidentally ran into him. No problem, the Leafs have Bernier, right? Well, Toronto had a 2-0 lead going into the third period, when the house fell down, much like it did against the Bruins in Game 7 last season. Whether or not you want to blame Bernier for either of the first two goals, this one definitely was his fault – and it was the game-winner for Carolina. Double ouch.
Right after he lets it in, Bernier puts his hand to his head. It was his “D’oh” moment of the week.
Speaking of “D’oh” moments…
Mike Green’s hit totals have gone from 133, to 100, to 27 and 36 in the lockout shortened season. He has seven this season, of which this whiff was not one.
You can just imagine what Green is thinking as he’s coming towards Jesse Joensuu: “Oh, I’ve got you. I’ve so got you. This guy has no idea how good I’m about to get him…whoops.”
Then you can imagine what No. 61, Steve Oleksy is thinking as Green flips over the boards: “Hey watch your skate, bro.”
And, unfortunately for Caps fans, we’re not quite done with their team this week…
Washington is off to another poor start this season and currently average 2.29 goals per game – 21st in the NHL. But Wednesday’s game against the Rangers – who are also slumping badly – had all the potential in the world to be a slump buster for them. Washington was playing at home for the fourth game in a row and were coming off a win over Edmonton Monday night. The Rangers, meanwhile, had allowed 20 goals in the three games prior to their trip to Washington. The Caps had a chance to win two in a row for the first time this season.
But, alas, they lost 2-0. Oh, Joel Ward, what could have been with a simple raise of the puck.
This is one of those wide-eyed situations where you see and smell the goal before you’ve actually shot the puck. And then, after flubbing it, you get filled with this nervous urgency. “If I can get the puck back quickly and bring it back out maybe I still have a cha-, oh it’s too late.”
Ward will be seeing that one over and over again. Especially if he’s looking at his page right now. Sorry Joel.