Best Of The Web: March 15-22

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 4:46 PM
Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter

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This was wild.

Those of you keeping an eye on the Southeast Division standings and perhaps specifically the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets, both of whom are currently higher than the Lightning in the standings, might have noticed something odd when scanning the out-of-town boxscores this morning.

In that of the Hurricanes-Devils game from Thursday, a 4-1 victory by New Jersey, goaltender Martin Brodeur was credited with a goal.

That tends to happen sometimes, but usually not at 3:54 of the first period, and typically not on a power play.

This, however, was no ordinary play as one might expect, where things like this usually take place in a situation such as when the goaltender flips the puck down the length of the ice and into an empty net to seal a victory for his team.

Actually, this goal was into an empty net, but thanks to a much different set of circumstances.

When the Devils took a delayed penalty following a hooking call to defenseman Marek Zidlicky, Carolina goaltender Dan Ellis headed to the bench for the extra attacker.

In the meantime, Brodeur swept Patrick Dwyer's shot to the corner where it was retrieved by Carolina's Jordan Staal, whose diagonal stretch pass intended for Tim Gleason at the left point sailed wide and caromed off the boards and all the way into the opposite net.

With Hurricanes forward Alex Semin already in the box, Brodeur earned a power-play goal as the last New Jersey player to touch the puck.

And, in an even more strange twist, there was a degree of absurdity about all of it as the game wore on. That is, until Jeff Skinner broke up the shutout with 8:33 remaining in the final period, Brodeur was actually in line to record the game-winner.

That, of course, didn’t end up happening, but the moment is still sure to go down as one of the more unconventional feats on Brodeur’s lengthy and decorated list of career accomplishments.

Along with the awkward realization that Brodeur now has more goals this season than Ryan Clowe.

GAME ON

Several weeks ago, employees of TampaBayLightning.com helped out the NHL with a little project that centered around collecting interviews of current NHL players reminiscing about their childhood and specifically, playing the popular EA Sports video game NHL ’94, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary after being released in March 1993.

Not only did the game provide endless hours of fun and entertainment, but also was innovative in introducing countless people to hockey through their Nintendo and Sega Genesis gaming consoles.

Mathieu Garon and Tom Pyatt were both among the Lightning players to make the final cut of NHL.com’s player reaction video, but having a few Bolts featured in the piece wasn’t even the best part.

NHL.com took the commemoration of the event one step further and dubbed the NHL ’94 game features over an actual clip from a recent Detroit Red Wings-Nashville Predators game, mostly to give fans of the video game an inside look at what it would be like today with a list of current NHLers.

In this clip, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk scores a goal, yielding a display that conjures up countless memories from more than two decades ago for most.

But seriously, no star under the skates??

A MCDONALD’S MIRACLE

Here’s something you don’t see every day.

Or ever, for that matter.

Earlier this month, the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans – an AA affiliate of the Dallas Stars –held a promotional evening which the organization termed “McDonald's Night.”

Contrary to what this could have encompassed, such as the first 1,000 people in attendance receiving free Big Macs, the players on the team instead wore special Ronald McDonald jerseys that were auctioned off after the game for charity.

But it was before the game that the team received a pep talk from the celebrity that they were honoring that night, who turns out to be a far cry from the legendary Herb Brooks, even though this character in particular is pretty epic in his own right.

It came from Ronald McDonald himself, who delivered Brooks’ famous speech to the team prior to taking the ice.

It seemed to work too, as the Americans earned a 4-0 shutout over the Wichita Thunder that night.

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