NHL doesn't score like Tiger

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

No offence, but a lack of goals is making some NHL games rather boring.

Examples from Monday night:

a) The Philadelphia Flyers outshot the Montreal Canadiens 15-13 — over the whole game, not just one period.

The Canadiens — whatever happened to firewagon hockey? — had just one shot in the opening period. They stifled the Flyers in the third, holding them to two shots.

b) The Los Angeles Kings edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 on the same night while managing just 16 shots.

c) Of 18 teams in action, just one, the Maple Leafs — the powerhouse Maple Leafs! — managed to score more than four goals, notching five against the Atlanta Thrashers.

d) A total of 36 goals were scored — an average of two per team.

Hmm ... went to a hockey game and a soccer match broke out.

One factor: The equipment.

While the medieval-warrior gear is leading to more injuries, it also allows players to dive in front of shots with little fear of injury.

Example: The Habs, in allowing only 15 shots by the Flyers, blocked 27, including 10 alone by defenceman Roman Hamrlik.

Curiously, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey proposed last year that NHLers not be allowed to leave their feet to block a shot. Discuss amongst y’all.

Tiger loses Focus

Gatorade is shutting down production of its Tiger Woods Focus beverage as of Dec. 26, TMZ says.

Gatorade says the decision has “absolutely no connection” to Woods’ matrimonial mishaps.

A TMZ poll shows that 12% of readers believe Gatorade’s story.

The other 88% suggest that Tiger go aid a gator.

Name that ball

Which sport does this ball belong to?

a) Roundest ball ever made:

b) Integrated grooves provide unmatched flight characteristics;

c) Players have full control over the ball under all weather conditions.

It’s Adidas’ official ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and it even comes with a name — Jabulani. It means “to celebrate” in isiZulu ... a term not in Toronto FC’s vocabulary.

Toss that ball

The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah has been fined $15,000 for throwing a ball into the stands and striking a photographer in a game Saturday against the Raptors.

On the bright side, it kept Noah’s shooting percentage for the game at 100%.

On the other hand, he was ejected ... a.k.a., a photo-finish.

Buy that ball

A basketball autographed by the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s team is one of about 20 items available in Canada Basketball’s online auction.

Proceeds go to the organization’s charity.

Other items include an autographed Jay Triano book and photo, and dinner with Canada Basketball’s twin towers, coach Leo Rautins and CEO Wayne Parrish.

Go to auctions.nba.com, keyword “Canada Basketball.”

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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