Turn away now, Tampa Bay Lightning fans. Captain Steven Stamkos left tonight’s potential Stanley Cup Final preview against the Nashville Predators with a lower body injury.
The team confirmed the news and also confirmed that he would not return to the game.
Ouch. The Stamkos-less Lightning ended up losing the decision 4-1 to the Preds. Double ouch.
We feel for you, Lightning fans. Here’s hoping that the injury is nothing serious and that we see #91 back in time for a healthy postseason run.
Don Cherry rips classless “Russians” for “hot dog” goal celebrations
In case you missed it, legendary broadcaster Don Cherry was in fine form last night on his Coach’s Corner segment during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
After first discussing the surging Boston Bruins and the Hart Trophy candidate worthy play of Brad Marchand and then praising Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos for his toughness and leadership abilities, Cherry absolutely RIPPED the OHL’s Sault St. Marie Greyhounds for being what Grapes describes as “a bunch of hot dogs.” This is in reference to the actions of some of team’s players in their huge 8-0 opening round playoff series win over the Saginaw Spirit.
In case you missed it, Greyhounds forwards Keeghan Howdeshell and Barrett Hayden scored two incredible goals last week, making highlight reels around the hockey world.
Check it out:
Incredible goals, no doubt. So, what's Grapes' problem? Well, if you've ever listened to the man for any length of time, you know just how important sportsmanship is to him. What's missing in the clip above is the game situation, which plays a big factor in Grapes' take.
Now for Grapes’ take:
“The Soo this year, I watched them as much as I could and I thought they were won of the best teams”, said Cherry. “I said they could move to the American League or the National League and play… little did I know that they were a bunch of hot dogs.”
How big of hot dogs were they, Grapes?
“There’s not enough mustard in the world to cover these guys!”
That’s a pretty big hot dog! In all seriousness, we loving seeing Grapes fired up like this. Love him or hate him, I dare you to turn off the television when Grapes is calling people out. It’s pure entertainment and it’s the reason why we’ll always love Mr. Donald S. Cherry.
While he may have been wrong in calling out the two players, both Canadians, for being "Russians or something like that", we agree that the karma and the Hockey Gods always get you in the end.
For the full Coach’s Corner segment, see below (skip forward to 6:30 for the portion on the Greyhounds):
We’re with you Grapes, let ‘em have it. Let the Hockey Gods forever be on your side!