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What’s been lost: Five best games you won’t get to see

Oct 19, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

With the NHL announcing that games have been cancelled through Nov. 1, here’s a look at five of the best games you won’t get to see over the next two weeks:

Thursday, Oct. 25: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh

Why it would’ve been good:

An opportunity for John Tortorella to get re-acquainted with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin after blasting them following a 5-2 loss in April (which was also the last time the Pens and Rangers met):

Lest we forget Brooks Orpik possibly facing the consequences for going knee-on-knee with Derek Stepan.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Buffalo at Boston

Why it would’ve been good:

Don’t think the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller incident still haunts the Sabres?

Consider this — within the first 48 hours of free agency, Buffalo signed 6-foot-8 leviathan John Scott (who promised “a different outcome” if anybody ran Miller this season), then traded playmaking center Derek Roy for agitator extraordinaire Steve Ott and 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman Adam Pardy.

Buffalo also re-upped with another known pest, Patrick Kaleta, and inked Nick Tarnasky — who once fought 20 times in a single AHL season (in which he only played 66 games.)

Saturday, Oct. 27: Phoenix at Los Angeles

Why it would’ve been good:

Remember this?

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Yeah. Haven’t played each other since.

Sunday, Oct. 28: NY Rangers at Ottawa

Why it would’ve been good:

Following up on last year’s great first-round playoff series that included…

Brian Boyle becoming Ottawa’s public enemy No. 1 (roughed up Erik Karlsson, scored a bunch of big goals, got jumped by Matt Carkner, then concussed by Chris Neil.)

– Neil threatening to catch Michael Del Zotto “with his head down” in response to getting crushed by a Del Zotto check.

Carl Hagelin getting suspended three games for elbowing (and concussing) Daniel Alfredsson.

Milan Michalek kicking Dan Girardi.

Henrik Lundqvist alleging a disputed Sens goal was allowed because “someone wants them back in the game, obviously.”

Some pretty good subplots there.

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Pittsburgh at Washington

Why it would’ve been good:

Even though some of the luster’s been taken away from Sid vs. Ovi…it’s still Sid vs. Ovi.

Yep, sure would’ve been fun to watch.

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    God that Boston game was going to be awesome! See Lucic pound on Scott.

    • Doesnotmatter - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      haha, good one. Cause there’s no way Lucic wins that one. Maybe Chara but not Lucic.

  2. stakex - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Thats right…. just rub salt in the wound. Its fine.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Oh Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeez !

    With all due respect to comrade Halford and notwithstanding the fact that that King’s game would probably have been pretty good, this story is yet another example of the “mass hysteria” which is now being generated by this “fake” labor impasse. We’re only 8 days past October 11th and already epitahs are being written on the season ? Like I’ve said before, it’s positively dumbfounding how you people can have your faith and resolve broken so easily ? Just like the players themselves, we hockey fans are supposed to be tough, determined, unflappable and strong … not a bunch of sissies who whine and flee at the first sign of adversity ! Now I’ve already said that many of you here at PHT would not have made for “daring & brave” 18th century British Grenadiers. Well unfortunately, that may now include “certain” writers here as well ?

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      You’re sounding a bit desperate yourself, old boy. Perhaps the reality of the impasse hasn’t penetrated your Cup-induced haze just yet. Granted, we’re only just now into cancelling games, but have you noticed that the two sides in this fiasco seem no closer to getting into the same neighborhood on negotiations than they were days/weeks/months ago?

      The reality is grim and getting more so by the day. But, hey, hang on to that never-say-die optimism. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile. I sure hope you’re proven right, but I ain’t puttin’ any money on it…..

      • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:27 AM

        HOLD YOUR FIRE MEN ! … HE’S ONE OF US

        Miracle on Manchester – You know that I’ll never say a bad word to someone with a glorious name like yours ! :) Nonetheless, even in your own words here, you appear to retain at least some glimmer of hope ? (ie: the two sides in this fiasco “seem” no closer). So while it could be that I’m still “intoxicated” by the wondrous events of this past June, a “blind and obedient” sheep I am not ! I call things the way I feel them with heart, not the way I see them with my eyes or hear them with my ears. And with this issue, I say it’s complete and utter “hogwash” ! Yes we will have our season and yes we LA Kings will have the opportunity to defend our title with honor ! As for that poor blind squirrel who’s hoping to find an acorn before the onset of winter ? Well I’ll have you know that the plight of that poor little creature probably epitomizes the “essence and drive” of Blomfeld more than anything else possible !

        ps: not sure if you’re a fellow student of history like me ? … but assuming you are, I ask you seriously, what would your pessimistic thinking have done for England back in the summer of 1940 ?

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        Hey blom, I wrote a long response referencing various WWII events and comparing optimists, pessimists, and realists, but this lousy excuse for a site didn’t post it. I’m not going to do it again. Suffice to say time will tell if your optimism is validated. Have a nice evening.

  4. qauzaq - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The brown hit was clean one. I’m sick of hearing about it!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    History tells us that at least 3 of those would not have lived up to the anticipation and would have been average/dull early season games. Wanna see how good hockey can be kids? Find a recording of the 1987 Canada Cup Final between Canada and the USSR. You’ll probably never see a 3 game series of better and more exciting hockey.

  6. 8man - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    My team was mentioned. I feel validated. And strangely despondent.

    Go Providence Bruins!

  7. kingraven24 - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Amazing! Hockey has managed to take the little, but obviously growing momentum towards hockey in the general public and FLUSH it right down the drain! Awesome. Great job MORONS!

  8. isithockeyseasonyet - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Candidate for the worst top 5 list ever, the only intriguing game there for someone who doesn’t follow the teams playing is rangers-penguins, boston-buffalo? Please, buffalo isn’t in the same class as Boston, how about Philly-Boston that was supposed to be opening night? Two teams and cities that hate each other, humiliating one another in back to back seasons

  9. manchestermiracle - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Why do I have the horrible feeling that this list will only grow larger every day?

  10. ron05342 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    The Kings / Coyotes game would have been interesting but for more reasons mentioned in the article.

    In a post-game interview, Sutter alluded to getting even with Mike Smith for his stick assaults on Brown and Richards, but that the playoffs wasn’t the right time.

    Smith needs a good kick in the ass. He is a poor sport that is going to hurt someone someday with his antics. He needs to be taught a lesson.

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