Sports Illustrated provided a pretty good tour around (almost) all of the masks in the league. If you get to Jose Theodore’s Capitals mask and think “that’s just an Avs mask with a Caps decal added to it” you’re right. Apparently a new one showed up but didn’t fit and had to be sent back. I love that Marty Turco has home and away masks. I still don’t know why Tim Thomas has the extra wires at the bottom of his cage. With all the incredible detail in some of the masks, Marty Brodeur’s almost seems like a vintage design now. Putting a Rangers’ jersey on the Statue of Liberty is just plain cool… I’m surprised it hasn’t been done before. Apparently Ty Conklin liked Marc-Andre Fleury’s mask so much when he was in Pittsburgh last year he thought it would look good in Detroit colors this year. Cristobal Huet’s new Blackhawks mask isn’t completely original but it sure is beautiful. And after all these years, Cujo’s is still classic.
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That’s a not a happy looking Chris Osgood.
Couldn’t resist the Statue of Liberty save by Evgeni Nabokov against the Penguins last night!
Mike Palmateer was the most entertaining goalie (apologies to Johnny Bower) to wear the blue and white.
Mike Palmateer was the most acrobatic NHL goalie of the late 70’s and early 80’s, and to this day is still a favorite of Leafs fans. Mike was kind enough to talk to me during a rare day off from his current job of being an amateur scout for the Leafs. I caught up with him after his last fishing trip of the year so he was kind of sad about finally having to put his boat away for the winter. I started our conversation by telling him one my favorite memories, getting to meet him and Rick Vaive after a Leafs practice when I was 12 or 13 years old and then having lunch at the Hot Stove Lounge at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. To this day it’s one of the best days of my life. He actually had a similar memory of getting to go to the Hot Stove Lounge with his dad when he was a kid. When I told him about how he had come out of the locker room to meet me he asked if I was playing in goal back then. I told him I was and that I had first become a goalie at the age of four because I couldn’t skate so I thought I could hang onto the posts. That got a laugh out of him and the best thing overall about the interview is that he laughed a lot. He talked about how he became the Popcorn Kid, the ’78 Leafs, his somewhat-recurring role on a TV sitcom and how he ended up with the famous design on his mask.
TendersLounge: The first question actually comes from my dad: which rink had the best popcorn?”
Mike Palmateer: (laughing) Someone came to interview me in junior and saw me eating popcorn before a game. We used to get to the rink two hours early and would be kind of hungry and the only thing we could get at the concessions was popcorn. They weren’t even open yet but we’d knock on the back door and they’d give us some popcorn. So the reporter asked me if I ate popcorn before every game and I said ‘Not really’. But when the article came out the next day he called me The Popcorn Kid. The best popcorn was the London Gardens, but I didn’t really eat it every game. To be honest though most of the time when I go to games today I end up getting popcorn. But when I’m in Quebec I get a hot dog because they’re good.
Sarah Palin loved the experience so much in Philadelphia last week that she came to St. Louis for the ceremonial faceoff. No, this is not a picture of Manny Legace kneeling down in reverence to Palin. It’s a picture of Legace falling after tripping on the carpet rolled out for her. Legace said he felt something pull right away but gave it a go anyway. He left after one period with the Blues down 2-0 in a game they’d ultimately lose 4-0. Legace will miss at least one more game because of the hip flexor pull. With Chris Mason rehabbing in Peoria the Blues are left with rookie Ben Bishop (amazingly Bishop’s Wikipedia entry is already updated to include the entire incident tonight!), who’s total NHL experience amounts to the 40 minutes he played tonight. This is not the kind of change in goalie plans the Blues can believe in, it’s more of the same (bad luck they’ve had for a couple years).
You should go see Zack and Miri Make a Porno (in theaters on October 31st) for which of the following reasons:
A) it’s a Kevin Smith flick (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) so it will be rude, funny and include hockey references
B) Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) is hilarious
C) Elizabeth Banks (40 Year Old Virgin) is hilarious and gorgeous
D) to see the coolest goalie mask in a movie since all those Jason slasher flicks
E) ALL OF THE ABOVE!