Making Puck: Brain Candy Edition

Brain Candy

A whopping three games were scheduled Tuesday night on the NHL calendar. So let’s cut to the chase and get to those results. In honor of the big holiday tomorrow, I thought I would pay homage to one of my favorite movies, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy; in particular, the scene where Mrs. Hurdicure gets paid a holiday visit from her adoring son and family. Hopefully, your Turkey Day goes better for you than dear Mrs. Hurdicure’s holiday festivities went for her. At the very least, save any fist fights for after dinner.

(Note: There are no real connections between the quotes used and the actual outcomes of the games in today’s Making Puck. Instead, the quotes selected are being simply used to honor the beginning of the holiday season. Lazy? Maybe. Either way, hope you enjoy)  

Sorry we’re a few hours late, there, Ma, but you know how the kids… uh…hate old people. The Maple Leafs jumped to a 2-0 lead, only to give up four unanswered goals to the Bruins in a 4-2 loss. Mats Sundin, ever the eloquent fellow, summarized it thusly: “A game like tonight, where we are up two goals and let Boston get back into the game, it’s certainly very disappointing. It was an important game for us.” No shit, Sherlock. Anyway, Phil Kessel, P.J. Axelsson scored a goal apiece and Chuck Kobasew added two in Boston’s big win.

So I hear dad’s dead. Hey, is that egg nog? In a showdown of Northwest Division rivals, Edmonton was victorious over Vancouver by a score of 5-4 in a shootout. Roberto Luongo was sharp (but not sharp enough) in the net for Vancouver – the Canucks were outshot 25-11 through the first two periods. Special teams is often the name of the game and it held true in this matchup as Edmonton converted on three power plays in the victory. Congratulations, Edmonton, you are now out of last place in the Western Conference. Hooray! Vancouver, on the other hand, will face the Wild tomorrow night in what should be an interesting game on many levels (more on that later this afternoon on MYFO).

Gotta go. Come on, kids, in the car. The Avalanche continue to struggle scoring goals, losing 4-1 to the Calgary Flames. Owen Nolan scored two goals and Craig Conroy had two assists for the Flames while Mikka Kiprusoff stopped twenty shots in the victory. The Peter Budaj/Jose Theodore goalie rotation continued for Colorado – it was Theodore’s turn on the carousel Tuesday night – he made 12 saves in the loss.



  1. In honor of an underappreciated KITH movie I offer this:

    Scientist: I’ve invented a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends.
    Don: Uh, right, and what’s positive about that?
    Scientist: Well, it’s a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends.
    Don: Couldn’t it also give worms to ex-boyfriends?
    Scientist: This is a drug… for the world… to give worms to ex-girlfriends.
    Don: Well, great. Thanks for stopping by.
    Scientist: You just don’t get it here! Huhoooo!

    Was there hockey played last night?

  2. I was at the Edmonton/Vancouver game and it was really entertaining hockey. Best game I’ve seen the Oil play in a while.

    And my first in-person overtime and shootout to boot.

    I gave it 9 out of 10, and will be presenting the game with a special award in a ceremony with the Canadian Prime Minister and the special UN envoy in charge of exciting hockey games.

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