Happy New Year, hockey friends! How about we lead off 2016 with the latest installment of Hockey Tweets of the Week, our weekly feature which puts the spotlight on hockey players, writers and fans in the world of social media.
We’ll start in Buffalo, where the Sabres haven’t learned the first rule of playing the Capitals:
Don’t Leave Alex Ovechkin Alone
or would you call it…an eighth sense. (sorry. i'll leave now.) pic.twitter.com/IBxPYIqS2M
— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 29, 2015
The Buffalo Sabres defensive schemes resemble five bees hopped up on Red Bull.
Oh hey Ovechkin. Walk right in, bro
— K8 (@k8peezee) December 29, 2015
Ovechkin had time to build a house before shooting in the slot there……wow was he open
— Brian Neall (@BrianNeall) December 29, 2015
That Ovechkin guy probably should have a man on him, that's just me though
— Grant Haffenden (@ghaffe77) December 29, 2015
Memo to Sabres, letting Alex Ovechkin stand alone at the top of the crease is a poor defensive strategy.
— Mike Hume (@MikeHumePost) December 29, 2015
Hi @BuffaloSabres. Please continue to leave Ovechkin wide open in front of the net. Thanks.
— Dave (@BmoreDaveS) December 29, 2015
And in the overreaction of the week:
I would say "F you" to every little kid wearing an Ovechkin jersey tonight.
— Deputy Commish Moo (@AleMoo30) December 29, 2015
I hope you are also willing to pay for their therapy.
The Florida Panthers Are In First Place
The last time Panthers were in first place at this date was 2011-12 season, last time they made the playoffs #flapanthers
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) December 28, 2015
And they’re selling out the arena!
— Florida Panthers PR (@FlaPanthersPR) December 30, 2015
This is not a drill.
Panthers are now in first place in the Atlantic Division… Time for a change in attitude pic.twitter.com/CdzhNYfp37
— Ashlyn Sullivan (@ashlynrsullivan) December 30, 2015
And who do they have to thank for this? Great young players? Solid goaltending?
No, a Kevin Spacey sweater.
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) December 30, 2015
I’ve seen it all, now.
Speaking of the Panthers:
The Roberto Luongo Tweet Of The Week
— Strombone (@strombone1) January 1, 2016
It’s the “Roberto Luongo Tweet of the Year” … so far.
Home For The Holidays
Nice to see the holidays bringing the boys together…. pic.twitter.com/7vsBae2epi
— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) December 28, 2015
George Parros took one look at a penalty box and got homesick.
Charlie Coyle Gets Slick
And makes Brendan Smith look silly in the process …
Coyle goal, 1-0 Wild pic.twitter.com/Zo0OGd6jZP
— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 29, 2015
That goal by Coyle is one of those goals where, if I'm playing goalie in EASHL on NHL 16, I quit because my d-man is useless.
— Sporty sports sports (@KleShreen) December 29, 2015
Poor Brendan Smith.
And Poor Rangers
The Rangers made their return from Christmas break, and it wasn’t a good one in a 5-3 loss to Nashville. Ranger fans railed on everything … including the music.
I blame Rick Nash. Because I feel like it #NYR
— The Coop (@Coopz22) December 29, 2015
Rangers transistion game is pure trash. Pimples have a harder time breaking out on teenagers who use pizza as pillows
— Emo Ludichr1s (@ludichrisspeed) December 29, 2015
Zucarello's back pass (instead of shooting) could have led to a pick six for Nashville.
— The Hockey Rodent (@HockeyRodent) December 29, 2015
Nashville, the "city of music", was playing Who Let The Dogs Out
— Kevin Power (@Kpower90) December 29, 2015
"Who Let the Dogs Out?" Yo Nashville, the year 2000 called.
— Stefanie Gordon (@Stefmara) December 29, 2015
Save a Seat At The Crying Table For Vancouver
… who were embarrassed by the L.A. Kings 5-0 on Monday.
Kings are destroying the Canucks. It could easily be 6-0 or 7-0. They have the 3rd-largest lead among the 4 divisions, but give LA an x- now
— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) December 29, 2015
Canucks were threatening for final 90 seconds of first period. Otherwise, Quick could be doing crossword puzzles back there.
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) December 29, 2015
Jordan Nolan just letting the Canucks know how many More Cups the Kings have than them. pic.twitter.com/CwiTSjWXkx
— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) December 29, 2015
Jazz tongue pic.twitter.com/D3thpFNI2l
— LA Kings (@LAKings) December 29, 2015
This looks familiar …
John Tortorella is Easily Distracted
— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 30, 2015
I don’t think he knows how to react to victories anymore.
in other news Torts is still insane and has not sufficiently calmed down enough to work as a head coach lol Columbus
— Mike (@mpl3133) December 30, 2015
And Finally …
— Marcus Boutilier (@SportMajor) January 1, 2016
Happy New Year to you and yours.