Hockey is the best.
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If you only follow this blog, you should know that I now write and podcast over at The Blue Line Patrol. Michelle and I rock the Wings/Griffins/Prospects information, so check it out. Go Wings!!
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I was talking with a relatively newer hockey fan recently, and it became apparent that this person missed the majority of Nicklas Lidstrom’s career. I’m guessing this is the case for lots of newer Wings/hockey fans. I’ve decided to be an educator and do a post with all the amazing Nick moments possible. Okay enough of this, let’s all get our Lidstrom on!
First NHL Goal:
First NHL PLayoff Goal:
Get your popcorn ready: 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008 playoff goals:
Not a play that will show up in the box score or the highlights, but the main reason I <3 Nick so much – the great little defensive plays that nobody else can make:
The goal was in a video above, but the pass….holy crap:
First two career points (assists vs Toronto):
TSN feature on Nick’s amazing everything:
I don’t even know how to describe this awesomeness:
BABY NICK! The best part is hearing him speak during his rookie year. He’s even perfect at (eventually) learning English:
Gold medal winning goal in the 2006 Olympics. That shot. Wow.
And he played goalie too! (yes I know the puck may not have gone in, but w/o the skills to get there, would have been a tap in):
Lidstrom being a badass (with bonus Lebda getting smacked!):
Because shooting the puck into an empty net is too easy for THP. Challenges!
He also could have been an all-star forward too! (with bonus slow mo and the end):
Remember when I said he was an awesome goalie:
All Nick’s goals in his last season :((((((((((((((((((((((((
Some history from CBC:
And finally, the 2008 Stanley Cup Presentation:
I’m aware I probably missed your favorite Nick video. If I have, please yell at me on the twitter (@KevinN37) and include the link and I will update this post. Trust me. Lidstrom forever.
September 24, 2013Posted by on
Just a reminder that I’m currently podcasting and (occasionally) writing over the The Blue Line Patrol. Posting here will be much more infrequent, so head over to the Blue Line Patrol and get all your hockey goodness.
Hockey is the best.
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Over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed that myself (@KevinN37) and Michelle (@Slapshotg0al) on twitter have been teasing The Blue Line Patrol. It’s probably time we just tell you the details behind that…
-logo coming soon…maybe-
The Blue Line Patrol is the name of a new hockey podcast, featuring Michelle and myself. We’ll be talking about topical hockey items, mostly Red Wings, Griffins and other prospect things. We’ll be recording the first episode on Tuesday, September 10th with publishing later that day or the next day. Spoiler alert, the first episode will be heavy on the Red Wings prospect tournament this week in Traverse City. I know, you’re excited already.
I hope y’all give it a listen. We’re pumped to start, mostly because it’s almost hockey season and hockey is the best.
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The Blue Line Patrol. It’s a new hockey thing. Coming to an internet device near you. Soon (okay, ABEL days from this posting). In the meantime, look at this picture to hold you over:
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We all know summer sucks if you’re a hockey fan. But if you’re a hockey fan who happens to enjoy Doctor Who, this just means more time to watch The Doctor and his awesome companions. If only I had a TARDIS…
Being that there really isn’t anything hockey-wise to write about right now (until Nyquist and the Wings reach an agreement), I figure I would have some fun and do a couple of posts comparing Doctor Who characters to people in hockey because hockey is the best and Doctor Who owns.
This post will be about the three most recent versions of The Doctor. I know, you’ve had a hard time containing yourself waiting for this post.
(note: I am a relatively new Whovian, having only started watching the show back in March. I’m only looking at the “new” Doctor Who since its re-launch in 2005)
Also, if you’re not caught up to the last episode, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS POST! I could have probably emphasized that a little more, hang on…
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS POST!
That being said, let’s get to it! If you’re not caught up, go do something else like watch more Doctor Who.
9th Doctor – CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
Oh, Doctor number 9. As previously discussed, I’ve only seen a minimal amount of the prior Doctors, so I’m only going to be looking at the Doctors since the shows relaunch in 2005. First up, Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor. As I’m sure he was for many of you, he was my first Doctor. That…wasn’t a good thing.
Overall, I feel that he wasn’t a bad Doctor. Eccleston had some good moments and lines. He could be an ass, but still have some decent moments where the feels all came out. It would also be fair to say that this wasn’t necessarily his fault since the show was re-booting from its prior version and most new show take time to properly develop characters and develop chemistry between actors/writers/directors and such.
However, he was only on the show for one series. The first half the series wasn’t very good (and had it not been for the other half of Team BFS and my brother informing me of this, I probably wouldn’t have kept watching the show), but did pick up starting with the “Are You My Mummy?” episodes and then getting into the Bad Wolf things.
I do feel that when the show started getting better, Rose was more of the breakout star over Eccleston. He didn’t hurt the show, but yeah, was kind of along for the ride with a few awesome moments that did make me a little sad when he left. Eccleston chose to leave the show after one year, so , it’s his fault he didn’t stick around and get better scripts and have time to develop the character a little more, meaning he’d never be a star or leader, just a good support type player.
So, who do I have as the Red Wings comparable? I will tell you, this was the hardest one of all the comparables previously completed. I have decided to go with:
Johan Franzen, ladies and gentleman. The Mule. We all know Franzen’s strengths and weaknesses: Awesome shot, big body, can score tons of goals, but is injury prone at times, has very little “give a fuck”, and be easily knocked off his game. I know it doesn’t directly correlate to the Ninth Doctor, but it does fit the overall picture. Explanation starts now.
Both Eccleston and Franzen aren’t what you call true “leaders” or stars. Franzen is a good top 6 support player, but without Datsyuk or Zetterberg (or Weiss/Alfredsson this year), he cannot carry a team. Eccleston also seemed to play second fiddle to Rose, even though he was the leader of the two. Franzen seems to only try once every 4 or 5 games on average, and while Doctor Nine had a better effort ratio, he still didn’t bring his “A” game every episode.
The biggest difference here is that Franzen has a billion year contract, while Eccleston only stayed for one year. I can rationalize this by saying that I would think lots of us fans wouldn’t necessarily be super upset if Franzen magically regenerated into some extra cap space if he doesn’t produce this season. Speaking of regenerations, let’s go on to the Tenth Doctor, shall we?
10th Doctor – DAVID TENNANT
Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever. Tennant Forever.
Okay, so it may be kinda obvious, but David Tennant is my favorite Doctor and the best Doctor and if you don’t think so, I don’t understand. I’m not saying you’re wrong (unless you think Eccleston is the best then you’re clearly wrong). Tennant forever.
The Tenth Doctor was really awesome at pretty much everything, but his best moments are the amazing, epic feel moments. During the end of series two, when Rose ended up in the parallel universe, Tennant nailed the badass moments as he was trying to save her and the total sadness when he realized she was gone. Exhibit A:
Let’s review some awesome badassery now:
I really don’t feel Tennant gets enough credit for those awesome moments. He obviously rocks the sad and emotional parts and does great work with little happy and funny parts, but those moments just get me going so much that I just cannot stop.
Tennant also had three main companions – Rose, Martha, and Donna. He successfully transitioned between them without missing a beat. He took an amazing Rose and helped her get even better. He made Martha tolerable. He helped guide a pretty good Donna to be really damn good at the end.
Tennant also stuck around for 3 series and then a few more specials. This is a long time for a Doctor. And he left when there was still more to give. Not saying he left too early, but damn, would have been great to see him as The Doctor just a little bit longer.
Honestly, I don’t feel that there’s one bad thing I can think of regarding David Tennant. That pretty much only leaves one player capable of being compared to him:
Nicklas Lidstrom is The Perfect Human and David Tennant is The Perfect Doctor, so this pretty much makes sense. Let’s review the points I made above:
Tennant was awesome at everything, so was Lidstrom.
Tennant had lots of different companions, Lidstrom had all kinds of good and not so good help with him.
Tennant helped make an earlier companion better, Lidstrom was extremely important to the Yzerman years.
Tennant stayed for a long time, but could have stayed longer, Lidstrom was almost done, but we all know he had one more awesome year in him.
I think only one thing can sum up my feels when I first found out both were no longer coming back:
Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom forever. Lidstrom Forever. Lidstrom Forever.
Okay, let’s be fair and objective when discussing the Eleventh Doctor…
11th Doctor – MATT SMITH
“Oh fuck this guy he’s not David Tennant I quit this show is a piece of garbage time to go die.” – me, during the first half of series five.
Objectivity is a bitch. ANYWAY, now that I’m currently re-watching the series and have seen the Smith episodes more than once, I can officially say that Smithicles is a great Doctor and his only downfall is that he isn’t David Tennant. It’s only natural that the first few episodes he was in weren’t going to be great, because the shock is still wearing off and you have to adjust to a new style. Once that happens, Smith rules.
Smithicles biggest strength is his ego. He’s the shit (and kinda of a dick) and he knows it. Video proof:
Awesome. I know most of his more memorable moments are his one liners (Excuse me, I’m making perfect sense, you’re just not keeping up). However, he does have is epically amazing badass moments. Once more, video proof:
In conclusion, Matt Smith is an awesome Doctor once you get over the sadness that is David Tennant is no longer The Doctor. He’s got great one liners and awesome badass moments that make you get super pumped. He’s really cool and he loves wearing bow ties. Bow ties are cool.
And the Red Wing comparable is:
“Oh fuck this team there’s no Nicklas Lidstrom I quit this team is a piece of garbage time to go die.” – me, during the abortion of a season opener against the Blues Oh, how things change…
Yes, it was a rough start to Hank’s captaincy, but after a little adjustment period, he is one of the best captains in the NHL, and I don’t even think I’m being homer-ish about that.
So what do Hank and Smithicles have in common? They’re both a very slightly less awesome version of their former role. As awesome as Hank is at everything, he’s just….not Lidstrom, just as Smith is just….not Tennant. Really hard to find faults in them, but when you’re following perfection, the bar is really high.
As far as personality traits, it’s safe to say that Hank and Smith both have a little smart-ass in them. You’ll all remember this gem from Hank, when asked about Brendan Smith’s performance in the playoffs:
“He creates a lot of stuff, sometimes for both teams.”
So awesome (and sadly, true). In addition to kind of being a dick, Hank is a great leader and amazing performer. While not as honest about his awesomeness, Hank is a pimp and everybody knows it. Yeah, I pretty much wrote this part to show off this picture:
Also, Hank owns on the ice. We all remember when the Wings had to win their last four games to make the playoffs, right? Stat boner, engage! (courtesy nhl.com)
10 points in the four most important games of the year. That’s being the best and leading your team to the playoffs. Hank is a little too humble to admit that he’s awesome, but yeah, he knows it and he know it and we are thankful that Hank is our captain and leader right now. Fuck yeah Hank!
And there you have it, my choices for the Red Wings versions of The Doctor. As has been noted, Jason, the other half of The Best Friend Squad, has been helping me with this since he’s a bigger Doctor Who junkie than I am and we may or may not talk about the show quite a bit. He has a difference of opinion for who should be the 10th and 11th Doctors (Tennant and Smith, for those not keeping track at home).
Jason is going with Yzerman for Tennant and Lidstrom (his favorite all-time player) for Smith (his first/favorite Doctor). His reasoning is that Yzerman and Tennant were both friggin’ amazing and plenty of tears were shed when they left. There was also quite a bit of doubt when Lidstrom and Smith took over their respective roles, but after a brief adjustment period, complete and total awesomeness. I should make it known and neither Jason or myself had any doubts about Nick leading the Wings, but quite a bit of the fan base was worried, just as plenty of people (myself included) were worried about Smith replacing Tennant.
There it is. I’d like to give a shout out to the other half of The Best Friend Squad for talking about and helping me come up with some of the comparisons listed here…and for getting me into the show in the first place. If you have a disagreement or another suggestion, yell at me on the twitter (@KevinN37) and I’ll see what I can do. Also, if you tell me ANY spoilers about the show going forward, I WILL hurt you. I’m not kidding.