Morning Free Association: The Summer Classic

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These days, if you’re a European NHl star it isn’t enough to just play in the Winter Classic on January 1st, you have to play in the Summer Classic in Oslo on the easy to remember date of August 11th as well. Zdeno Chara is playing both within a few months time.

On Saturday, Ny Rangers teammates Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist combined forces to form a Summer Classic for charity. So many NHL players, mostly from Sweden and mainly from around other continental hockey powers, came to play including old guys Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, and Peter Forsberg. Oh captain, your captain Zdeno Chara was there as well. He was super stoked to have played in a game alongside the elder Forsberg and probably even more excited to have had Forsberg assist on his goal.

On Friday night they had a draft and pictures afterward:

The game seemed to be a fun one. Mats Zuccarello had a hat trick but it wasn’t enough to stop Lundqvist’s Team Henke from coming back for the win. Still, a summer charity game with fellow NHLers all playing the game that they love and that unites them must be a great time.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey Pals!
Busy day! Boating tonight. Heading to Maine Wednesday night!!!
Yay!!!!

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Hey hockey pals!

  • Happy Monday!
  • https://giphy.com/gifs/Q3FrPlVReumU8

  • Took Friday off and went to the beach, which was lovely. Thought maybe I’d get two beach days this weekend. Turned out it rained all three days. Doh!
  • I am moving in like 17 days and I am excited. I’m like, really wanting to take some sort of weird class or join a weird team, like broom ball or belly dancing or something. I thought both of those were compound words but my phone disagrees.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Oh cool, where are you moving to?
    Belly dancing! It’s fun! Especially when your friend Abby accidentally whacks you in the hand! And when you accidentally launch a belly dance cane at said friend Abby!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Hahahahahaha well belly dancing sounds like a good idea!

    Going back to Southie. Dedham is totally dead ham.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Hello there children!
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    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    I caught a couple of games of the Hlinke-Gretzky tournament this weekend.
    There was some fun hockey there, but what stood out was one game – US vs Canada.

    The US “scored” first, in the 1st period, but the puck went in & out of the net really quickly so the refs missed it in real-time. They don’t have a video review system in their rules, but the stadium was being shown replays of the puck bouncing around the net. Play continues 0-0.

    About a minute & change later, an American player commits a penalty, and the refs huddle up. They decide to retroactively reward the goal, and wind back the clock. But they still count the penalty.
    The game is really close. Each time the Canadians tie it up, the Americans come out ahead again. The Canadians go empty net and put a lot of pressure on the US. They finally score again at the buzzer. They were jumping up & down & celebrating, but the puck actually went in after the buzzer. The refs have a huddle, the video shows the puck entering the net a half second late, and again – they have no video review rule – the goal is allowed to stand. The Canadians would win the game in sudden-death OT.

    I feel like the robots in that Star Trek episode “Mudd-I”
    “Does not compute!”
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    “But if there is no video review, you can not award the first goal
    but you must award the first goal, everyone agrees that it is a goal!”
    “But if you award the first goal then you are using video review
    so you must also deny the final goal
    But you have bent the rule in favor of USA Hockey in the first instance, you must therefore bend the rule in favour of Team Canada in the next instance!”
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    “ERROR!”
    “ERROR!”
    “ERROR!”
    “Norman, COORDINATE!”

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. Ugh, can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.

    Summer classic looks like a lot of fun! (Insert surprised they all weren’t playing against the Blackhawks joke here)

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Doesn’t the winner have to play the Blackhawks in the Summer Heritage Stadium Series?