I’ll get to Jon Cooper flossing in a moment (and the reason why Baby Shark is permanently stuck in my head), but first, let me discuss how the NHL All-Star Game made history last night. Here’s the story.
Nathan MacKinnon hurt his foot, so although he came to San Jose to hang out and enjoy the All-Star Game, he couldn’t compete in the Skills Competition. Instead, he invited someone to take his place: Kendall Coyne Schofield, a player for the USWNT and the Minnesota Whitecaps. She agreed to take his place, and became the very first woman to compete at the NHL All-Star Game.
LOVE this. Fastest Skater at NHL All Star participants: Atkinson, Barzal , Eichel, Heiskanen, Keller, McDavid, Pettersson and.... Kendall Coyne of the USWNT.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) January 25, 2019
Coyne put up a 14.226 in yesterday's testing. Fresh off a five hour flight, with no warmup.
She was also STOKED, as I bet we’d all be if we were about to make history.
.@KendallCoyne is about to become the first woman to ever compete in the #NHLAllStar Skills Competition!— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 26, 2019
Join us as she vies for the title of Fastest Skater at 9pm ET on @NBCSN! pic.twitter.com/55afYib6jS
She did a great job and every single player stood up to cheer her on!
Barzal had the best reaction to Kendall Coyne's skate. It's not even close. pic.twitter.com/ZuyYdmIm4a— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) January 26, 2019
She didn’t win: everyone lost to Connor McDavid, as you do (when will he be unseated?). McDavid won for the third year in a row. But she also wasn’t last.
Coyne-Schofield clocked in at 14.346 seconds for seventh place, which topped one NHL player — Arizona Coyotes’ Clayton Keller (14.526 seconds). Her time was slightly slower than her 14.226 seconds time during Thursday’s testing.
“But wait,” you say. “This has nothing to do with TBL.”
Or does it?
Worth clicking just for this: Jon Cooper, showing off his moves. Not bad, not bad.
The (All-Star) Game
Random bits of news always come out of this extremely random event, so I’ve excerpted a bit of it here. The beat writers are probably off drinking, so it’s mostly in tweet form.
First, THE SOUTH WILL GET A WINTER CLASSIC! Sadly it’s not Tampa Bay, but at least it’s two Southern teams. The funniest comment in response was, “Somewhere the Blackhawks are filing a complaint.”
I was not lying about extremely random stuff coming out of this weekend. Last night, Andrei Vasilevskiy did extremely well at the Goalie Challenge, making eight consecutive saves for second place behind Henrik Lundqvist. But earlier, he talked about his other skill: making lattes.
One thing I couldn't fit into my NHL All-Star story: A kid reporter asked Auston Matthews if John Tavares still wears Maple Leaf pajamas (as in the photo Tavares tweeted when he signed with Toronto). Matthews, without missing a beat, said: "Yes. He wears the same pair."— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) January 25, 2019
Did you know Burns was bitten by a cheetah while one teammate laughed and another ran? That he owns snakes who live in Michigan and he sees them when the Sharks visit the Detroit Red Wings? That ... https://t.co/X6q4pFUNfX via @NHLdotcom— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2019
It’s Gritty’s world and we just try to get out of his way. I was going to post every single gif but RMNB did it instead, and oh man.
‘It me’: Gritty is the best part of All-Star Weekend and it’s not even close [Russian Machine Never Break]
Let’s be honest. Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ orange, furry, dead-behind-the-eyes mascot, has already stolen the show at the All-Star Game and it hasn’t even happened yet. Sorry, Auston Matthews. No one cares about your sock-less wardrobe on the red carpet.
In wrestling terminology, Gritty has given any player or mascot who has taken a photo with him the rub. The brotherly-loving furball has 217k Twitter followers, more than almost every NHL All-Star.
The one of Gritty as the
Fiji Aquafina Water Girl thing made me die.
Also: Hi Thunderbug!
Raw Charge wrote three great pieces about the Crunch yesterday.
Crunch overcome penalties on way to 6-1 victory over Thunderbirds [Justin]
The game featured two teams that are fast, can move the puck well, and can be deadly off of transition play. For most of the first half of the game, the two teams seemed very weary of each other’s counter-attacking speed. It was like watching a boxing match where neither fighter wants to throw a punch lest they get hit in return.
Connor Ingram set to return for the Syracuse Crunch [Justin]
After missing 13 games due to a left leg injury, Connor Ingram was cleared to return to game action. That gives the Crunch their top goaltending duo as they navigate their way through the second half of the season. It also means that Eddie Pasquale will now be able to watch the occasional game from the sidelines. The veteran played all but four periods of the the thirteen games, starting twelve in a row.
The Syracuse Crunch goes to Hogwarts [Alex]
Finally, courage is another aspect of those sorted into Gryffindor. This category alone is why I sorted Bournival into this house. I can’t imagine going through the trials that he has, first with concussions, then with his ACL injury that he needed surgery for this past summer, and now with an assumed shoulder injury that has sidelined him once again. It takes so much courage to face these challenges and keep fighting, and I look forward to Bournival’s return once more.
Do you agree with how she sorted the houses? I kind of like my fellow Slytherins!
Mark those calendars!— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 25, 2019
Crunch At Your Service is back March 11.
Join us at @TurningStone for an evening of entertainment and fundraising for charities supported by the Crunch Foundation. #CrunchAtYourService https://t.co/U1L6hvRsP5
God, there’s more of this All-Star Weekend tomorrow, and I’m already exhausted.
So did you watch it? What did you think?