Anaheim Ducks (2-1-1) at New York Rangers (3-1-0)
Go visit Blueshirt Banter for your Avery longings.
What a nice east coast swing Teemu Selanne is enjoying the past two games -- fall behind by a goal, Teemu will score you a pair to pull ahead. Fall behind by two goals, Teemu will score you a pair plus a shootout winner. For those of you scoring carefully, Teemu has scored on his last five shots-on-net (counting the one shootout goal) -- that's a charmed life.
Originally posted May 7, but never more appropriate than today.
Then again, Artoo (Evgeny Artyukhin, but I don't intend on spelling it out much longer) is still humming along at 100% shooting accuracy -- two goals on two shots this season, and he nearly stole Teemu's dying-seconds heroics with a barely-wide shot near the end of period 3. We'll let his offensive zone penalty slide for one day, at least -- wins tend to overshadow sins.
And speaking of sins, I suppose it's time I committed some:
I'm a sucker for popular demand, I suppose. In case you're unfamiliar with State Rape, this BoC tradition all started back two-and-a-half years ago, and has made odd appearances ever since. As always, I'll start with the justification:
Bonus win: Oct. 10 L.A. Kings 2, @St. Louis Blues 1.
Totals: Los Angeles 15, St. Louis 7.
L.A. wins 'em all. Of course, I've already made a State Rape cartoon for Missouri before, so this was easy enough to update:
Hey, what do you know? There actually was a Second Missouri Compromise. Thanks, history!
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This one's not yet complete, but it is promising:
Today -- G3 @ Boston, 9 am. Go Halos.
Bonus win: Oct. 8 Anaheim Ducks 6, @Boston Bruins 1.
Totals so far: Anaheim 15, Boston 2.
I don't want to jinx anything, though, so I'll just leave a placeholder.
[Update 1pm -- Boston blows it with two outs in the ninth, karma has been preserved. Angels 7, Boston 6. Another SoCal sweep.]
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And don't think you're off the hook just yet, New York. Ducks are in town for a game today on a seesaw streak*, and it's looking like there could be an Anaheim-NY collision coming in baseball, too. Plus, I already have a template.
* Sharks score 4 goals, then Ducks score 1. Ducks score 3 goals, then Wild score 4. Bruins score 1 goal, then Ducks score 6. Flyers score 2 goals, then Ducks score 2-plus. Every game seemingly has exactly one turning point -- no more, no less. Perhaps that's the upside to terrible first periods.
Prediction: Ducks 5, Rangers 3. Goals by Whitney, Marchant, Perry, Lupul, and Koivu. I may be getting to this game's comments a bit late today -- because of the carto/porno-graphic sinning on display today, I'll be spending the morning confessing in church, and will have a DVR'd Angels game to go through once I get home. Still, feel free to comment on whatever -- baseball, state rape, hockey, or confession. Today, it's all relevant.