NHL Seattle Expansion News and Game Notes from Last Night

It’s official Seattle is getting an NHL franchise starting in the 2021 season. I Love it. Ladies and gentlemen your 2022 Stanley Cup Runners Up! The Seattle ____ !

They still haven’t picked a name yet, let’s look at some of the favorites…

Eh, I dunno about yinz guys, but I’m not sold on any of these. I have a few suggestions myself…

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They actually made a few other decision’s though that deserve some praise. For one this levels out the league to an even 32 teams and coming off of the heels of the success of the Vegas team this has fans eager and excited that winning is possible and should help build a good base. The second important thing the NHL didn’t fuck up here is rushing this team. There was an option on the table to have the team start playing in the 20-21 season, which would have required starting the team on the road until the arena in Seattle would be ‘allegedly’ ready in November of that season. There’s 0% chance that arena will be ready by that date and this team would have been playing 67 road games, 13 outdoor games, and playing their “home” games in Vancouver’s barn. A classic NHL clusterfuck, thankfully crisis avoided. 

Interesting night around the rest of the league as well…

Pittsburgh and Colorado went at it again for the second time in as many weeks in a weird bizzarro universe version of the game last week. Both games featured a team jump out to a big lead, a hat trick, and a comeback.  Weird right? It get’s weirder; all 9 goals in this game were scored into the same net on the same side of the ice. Whaaaat? This time it was the Pens who benefited with Patric Hornqvist scored the fastest most casual random sloppy natural hatty in Penguins team history. Pretty impressive feat for a team that’s featured a few of the greatest players the league has ever seen.

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Things managed to get even more weird after the game

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Auston Matthews put on a show last night for the Leafs as they took down the surprisingly dominant Sabres 4-3 in OT. First this little dandy where he looks like a dad toying with a few of his kids in the backyard…

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Matthews is daddy.

Then he ends the game with this OT snipe so pure it would make Frank Lucas all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Tough night for Jimmy Howard who’s been tossed around in some trade rumours lately. This performance isn’t going to help.

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Wings lost in the shootout 6-5.

Montreal took down Ottawa 5-2, maybe not so surprising, however Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin are enjoying their mini resurgence in Montreal. Both guys had a goal and 2 assists EACH!  Tampa doesn’t really miss Drouin, but Arizona has to have a little regret giving up on Domi so soon. He’s got 30 points on the year and 13 goals already, while Galchenyuk has just 10 points total. Woof.

The Blue Jackets fell to the Flames by a score of 6 – 9 (NICE!) in an absurd game. If you’ve got the time you can watch all of those goals here:

Somehow James Neal didn’t get a point. Problematic.

“That’s what happens when you run into a lion in the jungle.”

Those are the words of Ryan Reaves after his run in with Tom Wilson last night in a 5-3 VGK win. For some reason these guys won’t just fight and get it over with, they buy each other drinks all night but never take each other home, it’s all the foreplay without insertion, they just love to take runs at each other.

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