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Friday, January 10, 2020

Ladies & Gentlemen...A goalie goal!!

Pekka Rinne became the first NHL goalie to score a goalie goal since Mike Smith in 2013. The Preds faced off against the lowly Blackhawks Thursday night and skated to a 5-2 victory at the United Center. This wasn't one of those "last one to touch the puck" goals either. Pekka blasted this from below the goal line, conjuring his best Ron Hextall impersonation, and burying the puck 200 feet down the ice.

Goals by goalies are hard to come by as there have only been 15 examples between 12 goalies. Ron Hextall did it twice and Martin Brodeur did it three times. Will it be another six years before another? Who knows.

Here are the other goalie scorers...

Billy Smith - 11/28/79

Ron Hextall 12/8/87 & 4/11/89

Chris Osgood 3/6/96

Martin Brodeur - 4/17/97, 2/15/00, & 3/21/13

Damian Rhodes - 1/2/99

Jose Theodore  - 1/2/01

Evgeni Nabokov - 3/10/02

Mika Noronen - 2/14/04

Chris Mason - 4/15/06

Cam Ward - 12/26/11

Mike Smith - 10/19/13

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

When Kovalchuk Was Hobby Gold

There was a time when Ilya Kovalchuk was a hockey card darling.  That's not so much the case anymore.  Fast forward about 18 years and his story doesn't seem to have turned out the way a superstar's should.  In fact, since returning to the NHL, his 43 points in 81 games over the last two seasons wasn't even enough to sniff a King's lineup that sat very near the bottom of the Pacific (not the ocean).  He hadn't played a game since Nov. 9th.

On Dec. 16th, after already receiving a $2.65 Million roster bonus, it was announced that he was put on "unconditional waivers" and had left Los Angeles.  I wasn't sure what exactly a UW was but the move was done for the sole purpose of terminating his $18.75 million contract.  The culmination of that is definitely not a celebrated exit for a three-time All Star, six-time 40+goal scorer, and once hockey card superstar.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Do you remember anything that happened last night?  I'm a little hazy.  

But the better question is, do you remember that time Pat Falloon played for the Penguins??

Go ahead.  I'll wait...

Yeah, I don't either.

Happy New Year everybody!  I hope 2020 will bring great things to you and your families!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

This Week's Puck Junk Podcast: The one in which we Christmas!

On this week's Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I discuss giving hockey related gifts for the holidays. We regale you with stories of our own Christmas past and share many stories from our listeners and social media followers. It was a fun show to record and we hope you enjoy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and to all a good night.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

This Week's Puck Junk Podcast; The One In Which Redemptions Are Discussed

Check out this week's Puck Junk Podcast where Sal Barry and I discuss the new Walmart/ePack only release of 2019-20 Parkhurst, as well as dive into the pros and cons of redemption cards.  Are they evil?  Maybe. Are they necessary? Also maybe.

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