Having just watched a special on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" I still get goosebumps watching the seconds tick down.
I also must admit I get a little sad that I'll probably never witness another team and Olympics like 1980. I miss having college players represent our country.
There was something special about having amateurs go up against the best of the best from other countries. Deep down you knew some countries had pros playing for them, but the games were just more fun to watch and the upsets were that much more sweet.
All good things must come to an end, but I long for the way it used to be and not the way it is. I just don't enjoy the NHL shutting down for two weeks and sending pros to the Olympics.
I blame my own country for introducing the "Dream Team" in basketball. It deteriorated from there. I doubt things will change, but I wish they would.
Stars’ Sharp sidelined after suffering ‘concussion-like symptoms’ following huge hit
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 21, 2016
The Stars don't know exactly when they can expect Sharp’s return, which means yet another player has been added to Dallas’ growing injury list.
The Dallas Stars are going to be without Patrick Sharp, but they don’t know just how long the veteran winger will be on the shelf.
Sharp, 34, was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Kings during the second period after being walloped along the boards by Los Angeles blueliner Brayden McNabb. Early in the frame, with Dallas on a power play, Sharp took a pass from Devin Shore and stepped over the blueline with Jeff Carter giving chase. In order to sidestep Carter, Sharp moved along the right wing boards where he was met with a solid jolt from McNabb.
No penalty was called on the play, and the replay shows that McNabb caught Sharp about as square on the shoulder as possible.
Regardless of how clean the hit may have been, though, Sharp immediately grabbed his head and was slow to get to his feet. He remained out on the power play for another 20 seconds before leaving the ice, but after heading to the bench, Sharp left the game. The Stars later announced he wouldn’t return due to “concussion-like symptoms,” and Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Sharp’s absence will go beyond Thursday’s game.
“Sharp will be out,” Ruff said, according to Mark Stepneski. “He missed the rest of the game on the hit but I don’t know what the time frame is.”
And even if Sharp is diagnosed with a concussion, that won’t make his timeframe for return any more clear. Unlike other injuries where it’s easier to gauge recovery times, a concussion can sideline a player for a few games or for months at a time.
The good news for Sharp, though, is that he doesn’t have a long history of serious head injures. In October 2010, Sharp, then with the Chicago Blackhawks, was forced out of the lineup with what was at the time called a “slight concussion,” but he returned after missing just one game and hasn’t missed any time with head injuries since.
The timing of the injury is brutal for Dallas, especially after an off-season in which seemingly none of their key top-six players could stay healthy. Already, the Stars are without Jiri Hudler (flu), Ales Hemsky (groin), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee) and Jason Dickinson (hip), so losing Sharp — and possibly Patrick Eaves, who also left the contest Thursday after a blocked shot — would be another serious blow to the dynamic Dallas offense.
Through four games this season, Sharp had mustered just one assist but had put 10 shots on goal.
Jaromir Jagr reaches the 750-goal plateau with slick power play finish
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 21, 2016
Jaromir Jagr’s first goal of the season was a big one career-wise, and now he’s only 51 back of Gordie Howe for second all-time.
Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe finally have some company in the 750-goal club.
Not since Gretzky notched his 750th goal during the 1992-93 campaign has there been another player to reach the milestone, but ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr finally reached the mark with a power play goal Friday night against the Washington Capitals.
With the Florida Panthers on the power play, Jagr worked the puck back along the boards to Jonathan Marchessault, who then put the puck down below the goal line to Aleksander Barkov. While the pass was being made to Barkov, though, Jagr had cut back into the center of the ice and was charging hard towards the net, where Barkov spotted him for a perfect one-timer that Jagr blasted past Capitals netminder Braden Holtby:
With the marker, Jagr becomes the oldest player to reach the milestone, as Gretzky and Howe had reached the 750-goal plateau at age 31 and 41, respectively. But there are two interesting — and incredibly coincidental — facts about Jagr’s milestone which go beyond him simply being the oldest to reach the mark.
When Gretzky reached the milestone, he did so two games into his 1992-93 season, and, like Jagr, Gretzky’s 750th goal was his first of the season. That two of the greatest players of all-time both ended one campaign at 749 goals only to register their 750th on their first tally of the subsequent year is a nice bit of trivia, but the timing between all three 750-goal players reaching the mark is even more interesting.
Howe became the first player to reach the milestone when he netted his 750th goal 1970 and, as mentioned, Gretzky followed suit by scoring his 750th in 1993. The 23-year gap between Gretzky and Howe wasn’t of much interest at the time, but with Jagr scoring his 750th in 2016, 23 years after Gretzky hit the mark, it’s a remarkable coincidence.
Of course, the 23-year trend goes out the window when Alex Ovechkin inevitably reaches the 750-goal plateau by, say, the 2022-23 campaign.
The news that MacArthur won’t be hanging up his skates comes little more than a week after Senators GM Pierre Dorion announced that MacArthur would be meeting with a concussion specialist to talk about his future.
The hit that concussed MacArthur came during a Senators scrimmage during training camp when defenseman Patrick Sieloff crunched MacArthur into the boards from behind. MacArthur needed to be helped off the ice after the hit and was sent home by the team. After the scrimmage, Dorion announced MacArthur, who had missed all but four games of the 2015-16 campaign due to a concussion, was again dealing with a concussion and that the team was “heartbroken” about the situation.
That MacArthur is continuing his career is a relief, and comes a day after the veteran winger got back on the ice for what appeared to be the first time since he suffered the concussion. Coach Guy Boucher was hesitant to talk about MacArthur’s progress, but admitted that MacArthur has been back on the ice.
And it sounds as though MacArthur is actually feeling well enough that he could be hitting the road with the Senators when they make the trip to Western Canada for a three-game set against the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
Boucher wouldn’t confirm that MacArthur would indeed make the trip — the Senators bench boss said it wasn’t “100 percent decided” — but it would be a way to keep him with the team and around the game during his latest concussion battle. Boucher did say for certain that MacArthur would not be suiting up on the trip, though.
MacArthur is currently in the second season of a five-year, $23.25-million contract that he signed with the Senators in August 2014. The four games he played to start the 2015-16 season are the only games he has played under his current deal, but he has registered 40 goals and 91 points in 145 games with the Senators.
Capitals winger Daniel Winnik went into Thursday’s game with two ears but didn’t leave with both intact. A shot block in the third period “chewed up” a piece of Winnik’s right ear.
If blocking shots is an art, Washington Capitals winger Daniel Winnik put his body on the line to deliver the van Gogh of shot blocks in the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Midway through the third period, with the Panthers on the power play and Winnik out on the penalty kill, the puck found Florida winger Reilly Smith’s tape. Smith worked his way to the middle of the ice to unleash a shot as Winnik dropped to the ice to block the attempt.
Smith’s shot stayed low and went right at Winnik’s head, and though the veteran winger was able to turn in time to avoid any serious damage to his face, the side of his head took the impact. After blocking the shot, Winnik stayed down for a short while before climbing to his feet and leaving the ice, but he was able to return before the end of the contest. Only problem was that when he returned he was missing part of his ear.
Yes, you read that right: Winnik went into the game with two whole ears, and left the contest with one and a bit. To hear Barry Trotz tell the story, one would be led to believe this is a completely normal occurrence.
Given that things could have ended much worse for Winnik had he not turned his head in time, he’ll probably be thankful that a small piece of his ear was the only casualty of the shot block. And no one can ever say he’s not willing to pay a physical price to win a game.