May 4 – Trivia, Reviews & Happy Returns

Monday’s Moon Shots

SPOILER ALERT: Panthers goalie Chris Driedger had Jonathan Huberdeau’s sweet ride immortalized on his helmet, and the results are stunning.

TY UP: Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who has not played since last year’s Stanley Cup Final, was activated Monday. He did not disappoint, notching a goal in the team’s 5-4 overtime loss to Florida.

BRICK HOUSE: Michael Houser, who last played competitive hockey for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones in March 2020, won his NHL debut with the Sabres on Monday.

NO MEDAL METTLE: For the first time since 2003, Team USA will not play for a medal in the U18 World Championships, as the field is set with Sweden, Canada, Russia, and Finland.

PICK A MILESTONE: The Blues’ David Perron scored his 600th point in his 900th game; Canadiens forward Cole Caufield scored his second career goal just like his first – an overtime winner; The Panthers’ Spencer Knight became the youngest goalie to win his first four starts; LA’s Anze Kopitar is one point away from 1000.

Trivia Tuesday

Do You Know Your NHL Goal Scorers Trivia?

  1. Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most goals in a four-season span, piling up 323 from 1981-85. Who totaled the second-most over four years?
    • Maurice Richard
    • Brett Hull
    • Gordie Howe
    • Mario Lemieux
  2. Only 10 players in NHL history have reached the 50-goal mark in at least four consecutive seasons. Who is the one player out of those 10 that is not in the Hall of Fame?
    • Pierre Turgeon
    • Keith Tkachuk
    • Theo Fleury
    • Tim Kerr
  3. Who holds the NHL record for career plus-minus?
    • Bobby Orr
    • Nicklas Lidstrom
    • Larry Robinson
    • Brian Leetch
  4. Who holds the NHL single season record for plus-minus with a plus-124?
    • Bobby Orr
    • Nicklas Lidstrom
    • Larry Robinson
    • Brian Leetch
  5. Who was the last defenseman to record 100 points in a single season?
    • Nicklas Lidstrom
    • Brian Leetch
    • Sergei Gonchar
    • Chris Chelios

Upon Further Review

You can’t change the past… unless you are the officiating crew from Monday night’s Flyers and Penguins tilt. The game that marked Evgeni Malkin’s return to the Pittsburgh lineup got off to a rather bizarre start when what looked like a sprawling glove save by Pens goalie Casey DeSmith on Kevin Hayes was actually stopped beyond the goal line.

Since no one seemed to catch the goal at the time, play went on and only a review minutes later revealed the puck crossed the goal line. Hayes hadn’t found the back of the net in the previous 16 games, so waiting a couple extra minutes to secure his 12th goal of the season probably wasn’t a big deal.

I See What You Did There

It’s hard to remember a world where video review wasn’t used to ensure calls on the ice were correct during a game. Today we’ll revisit a forgotten time where Disney’s Aladdin dominated in movie theaters, Windows 3.1 was the best Microsoft had to offer, and Toad the Wet Sprocket was rocking the airwaves. That’s right – the year was 1992, and there was almost no video review in any sport.

Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings Mandatory Credit: Tom Pigeon /Allsport

The NHL instituted video review in the 1991-92 season and it didn’t take very long to make its mark on the league. On April 28, in Game 6 of the Division Semifinals between the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings, a shot from Sergei Fedorov that initially appeared to hit the crossbar in overtime was (correctly) ruled to have gone in after further review, helping the Red Wings equal the series before going on to win Game 7.

The technology hasn’t come without controversy, though. Just ask Sabres fans about Brett Hull’s famous foot, or John LeClair’s, um, interesting way of scoring.

U-18 Men’s World Championship – Quarterfinals

 Russia 5 – 2  Belarus |  Canada 10 – 3  Czech Republic

 Finland 2 – 0  Switzerland |  Sweden 5 – 2  United States

Learn more about the IIHF U-18 Men’s World Championship here

Trivia Answers

  1. Brett Hull
  2. Tim Kerr
  3. Larry Robinson
  4. Bobby Orr
  5. Brian Leetch

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