February 22 — Miracle on Ice Anniversary & Claude Giroux Trivia

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Last Night’s News 📰

FLAMES SWEEP THROUGH CALGARY: For the first time in the NHL, the Calgary Flames swept a seven-game homestand en route to tying a team record for longest winning streak with 10 in a row. Elias Lindholm tipped home a shot from Johnny Gaudreau in the final minute of the third period to take the lead over the Winnipeg Jets, tying the Flames record with an eight-game goal streak.

MUZZIN UNDER OBSERVATION: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin remained in Montreal overnight for further testing and observation. Muzzin left yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Canadiens after hitting his head on the ice following a collision with Habs blueliner Chris Wideman. 

♫TAKING IT TO THE STREETS♫: Designed to introduce a new era of street hockey to nontraditional markets and get more kids involved in the game, the NHL launched NHL Street following a successful pilot program at the All-Star Festivities. NHL Street strives to build new hockey markets while making the sport fun and culturally relevant.

MONDAY MATINEES: There were five NHL games throughout Monday, with each home team collecting at least one point. During the first period of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens game, Toronto announced it had acquired goaltender Carter Hutton from the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations. 

Trivia Tuesday

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

How Well Do You Know Claude Giroux?

  1. Who was the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers before Giroux wore the “C”?
    • Mike Richards
    • Kimmo Timonen
    • Chris Pronger
    • Jason Smith

  2. A few weeks ago, Giroux was named NHL All-Star Game MVP. How many times has he participated in an All-Star Game?
    • Four
    • Five
    • Eight
    • Seven

  3. Throughout his 15-year career, what was the most amount of points Giroux earned in a single season?
    • 110
    • 102
    • 85
    • 96

Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.

A Trip Back to 2016

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Andrew Hammond got his first NHL start in almost four years on Sunday night, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Islanders. It was Hammond’s first NHL win since April 9, 2016, with the Ottawa Senators.

Nearly six years passed between wins for the 34-year-old Hammond. A lot has changed in that time. Let’s take a trip back and see what the world looked like on April 9, 2016 (and 2016 as a whole).

Things were a bit different the last time Andrew Hammond won an NHL game before Sunday (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Billboard #1 Song on April 9, 2016: “Work” by Rihanna (Featuring Drake)

The day Andrew Hammond got his last NHL victory before Sunday, this Rihanna/Drake earworm was on top of the charts. Their song reached number one on March 5 and stayed in the top spot until the end of April, getting overtaken by Desiigner’s “Panda.” 2016 as a whole was dominated by Drake (“Work” was number four on the year-end chart, and his song “One Dance” was number three) and Justin Bieber, who had the two biggest songs of the year (“Love Yourself” and “Sorry”).

Billboard #1 Album on April 9, 2016: This Is What the Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani

This album by the former lead singer of No Doubt was only atop the chart for one week. It was the fourth in a string of 11 straight weeks in which a different album held the top spot. The best-selling album of the year was Adele’s 25, followed by Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade.

#1 Film at the Box Office on April 9, 2016: “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

The highly-anticipated Warner Bros. movie was the highest-grossing film at the box office the week of April 9, 2016, which was its second week at number one. Despite this, it was not considered a good movie by critics or the general public (including us). However, the following week it was overtaken at the box office by “Jungle Book.” The highest-grossing films of 2016 were all Disney-made sequels of popular movies. Number three was “Captain America: Civil War,” number two was “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and number one was “Finding Dory.”

Top TV Show of 2016: “Game of Thrones”

HBO’s popular fantasy series, which started in 2011 and aired its sixth season in the summer of 2016, was the most-watched television show of the year, according to Business Insider. Number two was AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which aired its seventh season, while third was ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars,” which aired its seventh and final season that year.

2016 Stanley Cup Champions: Pittsburgh Penguins

In 2016, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games to claim the Stanley Cup. Rounding out the other “Big Four” champions that season: the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first NBA title, and the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, ending the longest championship drought in the history of North American sports. It was also the year of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Why Your “Miracle on Ice” Memories Are Wrong

It was 42 years ago today that an American Olympic hockey team, comprised mostly of young amateur players, shocked the heavily favored Soviets in an upset known as the “Miracle on Ice.” But as with anything that happened 42 years ago, memories fade, and second-hand retellings tend to take liberties with subtle details. In short, our collective recall of the events that took place on Feb. 22, 1980, in Lake Placid might be a wee bit off of how things went down.

Myth No. 1: Team USA Won Gold That Night

Rather than the current single-elimination format, the 1980 Olympic tournament ran a round-robin among the last remaining four teams. That meant that the U.S., the Soviets, Sweden, and Finland all played amongst each other to determine the order of the top four finishers. While the win over the USSR was monumental, it wasn’t until two days later that a 4-2 win over the Finns (in which they twice trailed, incidentally) secured the gold medal. If the Americans lost to Finland, the Soviets still would’ve taken gold

Myth No. 2: Eruzione Was the Star

Team USA captain Mike Eruzione (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

Quick, name one player off of the 1980 team—I’ll wait. Unless you said Jim Craig to be contrarian to the purpose of this exercise, chances are it was U.S. captain Mike Eruzione that sprung to mind. The leader of the 1980 team, and author of the big game-winner, deserves to be remembered as a foundational piece of that team; however, Eruzione finished tied for sixth in team scoring (three goals, two assists), six points behind leading scorer Mark Johnson. Incidentally, Johnson had two goals against the USSR.

Myth No. 3: The Americans Beat Tretiak

Vladislav Tretiak (THW Archives)

Look, there’s no taking away from the star power of a Soviet side that featured four future Hall of Famers, including Valeri Kharlamov, Sergei Makarov, and Slava Fetisov. But the man that was arguably the biggest star of that team, goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, wasn’t on the ice when the U.S. took charge. Tretiak shockingly was pulled by head coach Viktor Tikhonov after allowing two first period goals, a move the coach later called “the biggest mistake of my career.”

Trivia Answers

1. Chris Pronger
2. Seven
3. 102 Points

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