The Royal Half Gameday: Boston Bruins
BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:
We also would have accepted Ray Bourque.
BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
BEST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
WORST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
Anyone who uses the #BruinsFam hashtag
OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:Thanks to John Tortorella, the least talked about hockey-related story from Saturday was the unique manner in which the game-tying goal was scored by the Detroit Red Wings as they went on to win 3-2 in a shootout. In case you missed Niklas Kronwall's 5th goal of the season, here's the video of the goal:
Celebrate like you've never celebrated, Todd Bertuzzi.Sure, you've seen the countless explanations and the maddening Twitter conversations over the controversial goal "scored" by the Red Wings on Saturday night. But now it's time for The Royal Half's hot sport take:
TOP 5 CONTROVERSIAL USE OF NETS
#5) MILOS RAONIC vs JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
During a 3rd Round match in the 2013 Rogers Cup, Juan Martin del Potro was ahead in the second set when his opponent, Milos Raonic, much like Niklas Kronwall, hit the net.
Juan Martin del Potro never recovered from Raonic's cheat and lost the next eight straight points as Raonic ran away with the match. However, unlike the Detroit Red Wings, Raonic eventually acknowledged that he cheated and apologized to del Portro.
#4) THE AFL
While hockey might continue to be a minor sport... at least it doesn't encourage players to use the nets on most plays.non-net related goal controversy... the Buffalo Sabres found themselves back in the playoffs (crazy, I know!) and now in the midst of a net goal controversy.
The Philadelphia Flyers would go on to win the 1st Round matchup 4-1 and the Buffalo Sabres have only made the playoffs in 5 of the 13 seasons since that goal was scored. This stat will be relevant when the Detroit Red Wings miss the playoffs this season for the first time since 1990 despite that Kronwall goal.#2) THE NET
Trust me, this is one video you'll hope that no one reviews.
#1) NEW JERSEY NETS
In 2002 and 2003, the New Jersey Nets made the NBA Finals in back to back seasons...
...and won 2 out of a total 10 games.
2002 and 2003 would be the New Jersey Nets only two trips to the NBA Finals. Now in Brooklyn, they are coached by a member of those two NBA Finals teams... and it looks like the Nets are still cursed.
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Sutter: "What are you going to do at the outdoor game? What if it goes through a cumulus cloud and comes back down?"— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) January 19, 2014
Oh man, Darryl Sutter is crazy! It's never cloudy in Southern California.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf