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Posted: April 15, 2015 in Goalies, News
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Gah!! It’s here!!

I can’t think of anything profound or even coherent to say this morning so here is the King in his crystal mask. 



Hey, long time no see, eh guys?  Well, you know I’d be back for March 2, even if I’m getting here under the wire. So….

Happy birthday, Henrik (and Joel)!  32 never looked so good!


photo credit: Getty

Thought I’d throw a little Swedish Olympic hotness in there.  You’re welcome.  Hank looks happy too:


photo credit: Reuters

Speaking of relief, Hank has a new Advil commercial!  You know, for those morning-after-birthday hangovers.

Only link I could find is Advil FB page. Click here to watch it!

Even a badass rhino is no match for the King.  Animals got nothin’ on him.


Celebrate like the Beast you are, Hank!!

We love ya!! Here’s to the next sexy 32!


Evening, everyone!

Normally this day is reserved for Sexy Saturday.  But today is the birthday of the ORIGINAL Sexy Saturday…..


So I thought the deviation is acceptable. Let’s get to it!


We got you a card….


And a cake….


ok, we didn’t make this, but some person on the internet did, and whomever you are, we admire your mad skillz! I picked this one because of the awesome rendering of the nets. Must be a goalie mom/dad.

Apparently the folks back home Sweden got you a cake too:


I don’t know what a MO-Call is, but if it is anything like a booty call, I’m all for it.

So Happy 31st to you, Hankie!  Remember when you were a little tyke, skating in kindergarten? No? Let us help you out. Seems like only yesterday…..


Insert a great big, “Awwwww!” here.

And now, you’ve grown into this:


*sigh* Good job.

Let’s not forget your twin brother Joel too.


Happy Birthday, Joel!
(source: @HLundqvist30 on Twitter)

How about if you play guitar, I’ll sing you Happy Birthday?



Hmmm, not bad.  But let’s just listen to you play Sweet Child of Mine (how appropo) instead:


And now we come to the part I like to call, “God Bless Your Parents,” or “Thanks for swimming in the gene pool.”:





I know, I know.  Gorgeous, but too many clothes, right? Well, here.



Did I kill you? Are you still conscious?  Well, if you are still functioning, I have a video for you I’ve been saving since December:

The first 23 seconds……we love you, Mr. Porter, whomever you are.  You have now provided me with the screencap that has become the wallpaper on my phone.  You are also responsible for the drool cup I now have to keep by my computer whenever I watch that video.

Okay, I could do this all night, but I guess it’s probably time to wrap this up.  To close, we’d like to say to Henrik……


So cool, you even Out-James-Bond the actual James Bond.

HL_Bluesteel james-bond

It’s Lundqvist…….Henrik Lundqvist.

Night, everyone.


Hey Everyone!!  I’m baaaaaack……


Whew! It’s been a while.  Stupid lockout.  Then just when we get hockey back — BOOM! My laptop dies.  Much crying and hand-wringing ensued.  I’ve got a MacbookPro, and those damn things ain’t cheap. Do I get the old one fixed? (logicboard died while trying to update from Leopard up two OS animals). Do I get a new one?  And who do I have to kill to get the money for a new one?  At any rate, this process took a while, but I’m back up and running.  In the interim, my awesome blog partner Nikki stepped in and did a great job.  She did such a great job, she’s gonna start sharing the S.S. load with me and doing some of the posts (she doesn’t know this yet. I expect my phone to blow up with text messages any moment now).  Her fault, she shouldn’t have done so well…..

So, how is everyone?  Getting back into the hockey swing?  This short season promises to be a crazy one.  I know the choice for the first Sexy Saturday this season was controversial, but blame me.  I wanted to give some props to the guy who GOT us a season, and hey, that’s sexy.

In that spirit of diversification, I’ve picked someone who is not a Ranger or Shark or Lightning.  But he’s still a goalie, so I can’t seem to break all my tendencies.  Not everyone loves his personality, and apparently he’s been overpaid and injured for most of his career, but if you’re sexy, you make it to the 5-Hole.  (Ahem.  Behave.)  And he is.  I bring you…




Vitals: Born September 19, 1981, Winthrop, MA, USA. 6’1″, 190 lbs.  Wife Cassandra Fontana.

Nickname(s): Rickety DiPietro, Dee, DiPi, Ricky Deep, Rico, DP (which is horrible, I have to say)

Current team: New York Islanders. Goaltender. Catches right. 1st overall NHL draft 2000.

Fancy awards: Hockey East Rookie of the Year (2000).  Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2000). Named Best Goaltender at WJC-A (2000). World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJC-A) All-Star Team (2000). World Cup of Hockey (2004).  IIHF World Championships (2005).  XX Olympic Winter Games (2006),  Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008).

Cool trivia: He loves to cook, and when not watching hockey, he’s watching the Food Network.



Action shot.

RickDiPietro-1600X1200 Recalling his father’s 1969 Army service as a combat assault pilot in Vietnam, DiPietro took note that the Islanders’ home ice is called the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and had his mask designed in a patriotic pastiche that included the Huey helicopter that his father flew on missions to honor veterans.  Very cool!


I love goalies.


Looks good in orange.


What was that about the length of my stick?


How you doin’?


ice hockey goal tender - rick_dipietro


This makes me want to pledge allegiance.




Lucky fan!

Rick in suit

Suits you, sir.


Chiseled profile.


Rick is an animal lover, and he and his wife donate a lot of time to helping pet organizations.  Aww!


Despite the hair (there is an unfortunate “Jesus look” going on this season) this picture melts my heart.


King Rico?


Now I love me a goalie who isn’t afraid to mix it up, but can’t get too excited over this fight with Brent Johnson, because Rick fractured his face, particularly around his right eye.  This is why I shout, “Not the face!!” whenever any of our S.S. alum get in altercations.  Must protect the pretty!  Still, a goalie-on-goalie fight? Too awesome not to post.




If you can speak German, this is even more enjoyable.  If not, you can hear his English under the translator.  The “unfortunate Jesus look” hasn’t gotten out of hand yet, and he looks very Euro-model-esque and hot!  This interview is from when he played for SC Riessersee during the lockout.


Finally, for One-Degree-of-Henrik-Lundqvist:


It is super-tiny, but we see Rick and Henrik shaking hands after the USA vs. Sweden game in the 2006 Olympics.  Man, goalie-to-goalie pics are hard to find! But this just illustrates how EVERYTHING relates back to King Hank….


There you go, hope you enjoyed this week’s selection.  Leave a comment if you did (or didn’t, I can take it).  I’m off to Nikki’s to watch the Lightning play the Rangers, and if we survive, we’ll see you next week.


It’s been 3 days and these are just a few of the things we have had happen.

Vinny played his 1000th game today.
Stamkos scored his first goal today.

New York:
Richards scored the first goal of the season.
Nash scored a short handed goal.
Hankie was pulled in the middle of a game.

San Jose:


Well this is going to be interesting.

Game on.



“Oh Fuck!”


Here is more awesomeness:

photo credit: Getty Images

photo credit: Julie Jacobson/AP


FINALLY!!  He wins. I do think they were afraid I would unleash the f-ing fury if he didn’t win. Instead, Hankie unleashed it for me — lol!! How cute was he? There was definitely a blush under that gorgeous tan.  He’s been hanging out with Torts for too long ;D

PS. Anyone know why Cally didn’t show up? Or was he there and I didn’t see him?


Anyway, If you want to see actual vote tallies, click here: Vote totals

Hank also made the 2011-2012 NHL First All-Star Team:

G Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
C Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW  James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins
LW  Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils


And here is the Second All-Star Team:

G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
D Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
C  Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
RW Marian Gaborik, Rangers
LW  Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes


Congratulations to all the winners tonight, and all the nominees.  Malkin took Hankie’s other two awards home with him, selfish bastard, but he was so cute tonight, Nikki made me forgive him.  As long as it’s not Crosby, I’m good.  What did you guys think? Any awards you were super-excited about, or angry with?  I know my Florida peeps are really happy about Campbell.  As he was a former Shark, I am happy for him, but as I spent most of the time screaming at him for screwing up when he was a Shark, that happiness is tempered a bit. But he seems to have found his niche in FL.

Tracy Morgan was hysterical, doing is Avery on 24/7.  We (Nikki, Maki and I) thought the Arnett skit as Shana-ban was funny at first, but went on waaay too long.  Just like Nickleback, as Nikki would say.  But I loved me some rock and pyro.  I’ve heard on Twitter the suggestion that Peggy should host the awards next year — yes, please! Or Torts. Then it would only be a half hour, and right to the point, not two hours of BS.  Hey NHL, next year less formal, no jokes, more alcohol=better show.  Free tip from me to you.

But who cares, really.  HANK WON THE VEZINA!!!! 


That is all that matters.  So well-deserved.  I am happy.  Night all.


People, there is a new video out starring none other than the King.  Let me just have a moment.


Okay, I’m good.

The NHL has done a series of promos for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they were clever/cool/amazeballs enough to do one featuring Henrik Lundqvist.  Because he’s A BOSS.  Here is the link (since the NHL site doesn’t allow you to embed — which stinks):

Because it’s the Cup: Lundqvist

There are some other cool ones on there: the Sedins, Datsyuk, as well as The NYRangers. (The ASS-Tim-Thomas has one, but we will ignore it)  There’s a funny one about the Cup itself — it always cracks me up that they carry it in a nuclear bomb-proof case and handle with white gloves, when you hear the crazy places it’s been.

Anyway, thought I’d pass on the link/video, and happy viewing pleasure. I’m sure you’ll get to see it as soon as I’m done hogging all the bandwidth watching Hankie over and over.

(speaking of which, I just watched Henrik’s episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel today, and THERE ARE NO WORDS.   GAH.  I will blog about it after I can stop hyperventilating like a teenage Twilight fanatic.  But FYI, if you have HBO, WATCH THIS LATEST EPISODE!!!)