The Best Twitter Clapbacks at Brad Marchand’s Shootout Whiff

On Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 6-5 in a game that came down to literally the last shot. Travis Konecky, shooting second-to-last, scored in the fifth round of the shootout. Then it was Brad Marchand’s turn for his shot. Only, he forgot to take the puck with him.

Marchand overskated the puck, and the Flyers won the game. This was after the Bruins blew a 5-2 lead, making Marchand’s mistake even more epic. He is the first player since the shootout was instituted in 2005 to overskate the puck on a shootout attempt.

“I was just trying to get going and just missed it,” Marchand told NHL.com. “I know the rule, you touch it on a penalty shot, it’s your shot. Unfortunate. It’s a tough way to lose on a play like that.”

But on Tuesday, Marchand — instead of showing a little bit of humility, or even taking a joke like he is sometimes willing to do — decided to tweet a photo of himself hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Of course, the peanut gallery that is Hockey Twitter had to get involved and razz the Rat.

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Puck Junk Podcast: January 14, 2020

Matthew Tkachuk vs. Zack Kassian.
Plus, Pekka Rinne’s Goalie Goal and Whalers Night in Carolina!

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard talk about the blowup between Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk. Other topics include the New Jersey Devils firing GM Ray Shero — yes, we’re calling it a firing! — the Carolina Hurricanes’ “Whalers Night,” Pekka Rinne’s goalie goal and more.

Show Notes and Links:
Zack Kassian Ragdolls Matthew Tkachuk (video)
Why the New Jersey Devils fired GM Ray Shero now, and what’s next (ESPN)
Martin Brodeur’s Enterprise Commercial (video)
Review of Ken Dryden’s book Game Change (link)
Ilya Kovalchuk’s first goal with the Canadiens (video)
Jeremy Roenick’s Apology (video)
Pekka Rinne’s goalie goal (video)

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: January 9, 2019

1993-94 Hockey Card Retrospective

Sal Barry and Tim Parish go oldschool and discuss their memories of collecting hockey cards during the 1993-94 season — what was great about that year, what could have been better, and why Sal says it was the last truly fun year of hockey card collecting. Plus, they talk about some new card releases, including the 2019-20 Upper Deck MVP Hockey retail boxed set.


Show Notes and Links:
2019-20 Panini Select Hockey Cards (info)
2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Collection Boxed Set (review)
Every 1993-94 Hockey Card Set Ranked (article/review)
1993-94 Donruss Ice Kings Inserts (review)
1993-94 Topps Stadium Club All-Star Inserts (review)
1993-94 Topps Team USA (review)

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Collectors Corner #39 – Fake Rings & Fake Cards

In the first Collectors Corner for 2020, Sal Barry and Ron Barr talk about counterfeit championship rings, an Olympic document that sold for over $8 million, the latest in Panini’s lawsuit against fake card makers, and the new Panini Blockchain cards.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Puck Junk Podcast: January 6, 2020

John Tortorella & All-Star Game Selections

Sal Barry and Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard talk about John Tortorella’s epic postgame rant — and subsequent fine by the NHL. They also give their two cents on the 2020 Winter Classic, Corey Perry’s suspension, the Canadiens signing Ilya Kovalchuk and the 2020 NHL All-Star Game rosters.

Show Notes and Links:
Possible Names for Seattle’s NHL Team (article)
John Tortorella’s Postgame Rant (video)
Pierre McGuire eating a foot-long corn dog (picture)
Corey Perry Suspension (article)
Canadiens Sign Ilya Kovalchuk (article)
2020 NHL All-Star Game Rosters (article)
2020 NHL All-Star Game “Last Men In’ ballot
Greenville Swamp Rabbits team website

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk’s Top Articles of 2019

It’s the end of the year as we know it — and I feel fine! As 2019 winds down to a close, I’d like to share Puck Junk’s most-read articles from 2019. So, even though Every 1990-91 Hockey Card Set Ranked had the most page views on this site in 2019, it was published three years ago and does not count for this list. But I do make exceptions and count articles published really late in 2018 as 2019 articles.

Remember, if you haven’t read any of these, then they’re new to you. So, take a look and see which gems you may have missed in 2019.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 30, 2019

The Jeremy Roenick Suspension

This week, Sal Barry is joined by Puck Junk writer Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard. They discuss Jeremy Roenick’s suspension by NBC, the Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook going on long-term injured reserve, the 2020 NHL Winter Classic, Hurricanes player Andrei Svechnikov’s latest lacrosse-style goal, and the upcoming 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey card set.

Show Notes and Links
1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Podcast and Review
Spittin’ Chiclets Episode with Jeremy Roenick Interview
Jeremy Roenick Suspended Indefinitely by NBC
Jeremy Roenick’s remarks rebuked by NBC’s Kathryn Tappen
Info about the TheSportsAux, the app that players can use to rate their coaches
Brent Seabrook’s Injury
Andrei Svechnikov’s lacrosse-style goal
Note that the Blackhawks-Red Wings game in 2013 Sal talks about is from the Western Conference Semifinals, not the Conference Finals.
2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey Cards

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Every 1993-94 Hockey Card Set Ranked

The 1993-94 season was my favorite year to collect hockey cards. Everything about that season was just so right for me. I was living with my Grandmother and going to a local junior college, so my cost of living was low. I was working full-time at a card and comic book shop, so I could buy new cards at a deep discount. I had just gotten my drivers licence, so I could drive around Chicago to other card shops or local shows to find the last few inserts I needed for a given set. Plus, I was still promoting a monthly neighborhood show, so a lot of times people would bring me cards that I needed. My situation in life made collecting easy for me that year.

As for the cards themselves, the 1993-94 season was the last year before hockey card collecting got out of hand. Packs were still affordable, with most between $1 and $3. (The 1994 NHL Lockout would change that, but that’s a story for another time.) There were really no short prints, other than the odd insert, so sets were fairly easy to complete. There were some great insert sets, but not so many different insert sets like it is today, where you can buy a box of cards and get 40 different inserts across 10 different insert sets. There were five different card companies competing with each other, so they had to try hard to do better than one another.

For example, Topps finally got with the program and printed its flagship set on quality card stock, with gloss coating and full-color backs. The company also issued the set in two series, so it could include rookies and traded players in their new uniforms later on that season.

Unfortunately, there were some casualties. Pro Set had gone bankrupt in 1992-93, and while it tried to issue a set for the 1993-94 season, its license was revoked by the NHL. The NHL also mandated that companies could only issue two sets per season, so Topps had to jettison its unpopular Bowman Hockey set, while O-Pee-Chee stopped making its own smaller, premium “Premier” set, as the “Premier” name would be used by both Topps and O-Pee-Chee that year for their large, two-series card sets.

One addition to this year’s ranking is how each company included Alexander Daigle in their sets. Daigle was selected first-overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Pinnacle Brands — which made the Score and Pinnacle hockey card sets — had worked out a deal with Daigle, so that only they could picture him in a Senators uniform until he played in an NHL game. The other companies could not use a “Draft Day” photo, nor could they use photo manipulation to put his head on a different Senators player’s body. Thus, they had to get a little creative in how to picture that season’s hottest rookie in their hockey card sets that year.

As I have done with the 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93 sets, here is my retrospective and ranking of every hockey card set issued in 1993-94.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 23, 2019

Hockey for Christmas

In the holiday-themed episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish share their stories — as well as stories submitted by listeners — about getting hockey cards and hockey memorabilia for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who shared their own memories for this podcast, which is 1 hour and 9 minutes long. Also, the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast is now available on Spotify and TuneIn, plus many other popular podcast providers.

Show Notes and Links
All about the New York Islanders Christmas Album
Commons 4 Kids Charity
The Original Pittsburgh Penguins Logo
The “Conceited Swan” Penguins Logo
“1929 NHL Tweets” Twitter account
The Bruce C. Goaltending Museum
The Story of Festivus
More info about this episode’s cover image
Finally, here’s the Wayne Gretzky Overtime Table Hockey Game that Sal finally got after five years of asking for it:

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Podcast intro & ending music for this episode is from the New York Islanders Christmas Album, entitled “Home for the Holidays” and released in 1979.

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Collectors Corner #38 – Storing Oversized Sports Collectibles

Ron Barr and Sal Barry talk about how to store and protect oversized sports collectibles. Plus, offbeat hockey holiday items, Panini’s lawsuit against a custom card maker, and a million-dollar baseball bat.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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