Last weekend marked the midway point of the 2012-13 NHL season, an appropriate time for carpet cleaners to break out their answer to the Zamboni and zap the ginger ale stains left by amazed TV viewers.
Due to the lockout-induced delay to this campaign, the league’s landscape has started taking shape concomitantly with baseball players reconvening to tune up for their own 2013 itinerary. But devout puckheads might just ask “Who needs home runs when hockey players are batting pucks out of the air and into the net? And who needs too-close-to-call footraces to first base when goalies are grabbing the puck right along the goal line?”
Just the same, the recent conclusion of football season may deliver a necessary breather from that game, but not all of its aspects. The NHL has delivered some its own kinds of long-range passes to spoil sports fans' eyes.
And with all due respect to basketball buffs, isn’t hitting the net just as the clock strikes zero a tad more special in a sport where scoring is immensely less commonplace?
Rewinding back to opening night, here is a retrace of the 25 best on-ice moves taking place in NHL games between Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, March 10.