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Bras warf nach Nathan Mackinnons 4. Tor aufs Eis

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Witnessing a four-goal game is perhaps the rarest thing a hockey fan can personally experience. It is almost akin to witnessing a no-hitter. I have been going to hockey games for 364 years and have seen one of them. It was when Steve Thomas played against the Devils in March 1990 at the Chicago Stadium. I didn’t have to look this up (well, I did verify the date, but I knew it was against the Devils), showcasing how gripping four-goal games are.

This is why Joe Thornton reminded everyone that it was once such a big deal. It even had its own term, a hat trick. Of course, Thornton was likely joking. At least, we hope so. Thornton never scored four goals in a game again, although you can bet that warnings were sent out on Twitter when he scored a hat trick.

Nowadays, it seems much more serious in Denver. Yes, Nathan MacKinnon is on fire (48 points in his last 25 games) and is making Avs fans dream of another parade in June. Yes, he has been the most electrifying player in the NHL alongside McDavid for some time. There is no better sight than MacK maneuvering through the neutral zone, with the audible sound of opposing D-men puckering up as he approaches.

MacKinnon scored four goals against the Capitals on Wednesday night, and for some Avs fans, this seemed to be the pinnacle of the event:

I guess it’s not too far from a „cock trick,“ even though that one is a bit more tangible. I’d like to believe that the people who turned these garments into projectiles/rewards A. did not leave their seats to remove them, and B. did not remove any other clothing to do so. You’ve seen Zoolander, you know how this works. Or it could go terribly wrong.

And now to some Auston Powers

Auston Matthews briefly stayed in the NHL and scored the OT-winning goal for the only goal of the game against the Jets, giving him 39 goals in 45 games.

That’s a pace of 71 goals, and this could be the league’s top story after the All-Star break. At least until the Leafs, of course, lose in the playoffs.

MLS in Russia Controversy

Interesting story yesterday from the MLS as FC Dallas negotiated a $13 million transfer of striker Jesus Ferreira to Spartak Moscow. At least until the league itself intervened and informed Dallas that they would not, under any circumstances, do business with a Russian club.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian football, like most other sports, has been unwelcome for FIFA and UEFA. They do not participate in European club competitions, they do not participate in World Cup or European Championship qualifiers. This has taken a financial toll on Russian clubs, making it challenging for them to pay for transfers, which was likely the main concern for the MLS in dealing with any Russian enterprise, apart from the optics.

The initial reaction from many football fans is how cumbersome and strange it is for the league to have a say in how its individual clubs conduct their business, and that the MLS is still troublesome because it still has a uniform structure holding it back from what it could be. The odder aspect, however, is why Dallas believed they could ever strike a deal with a Russian team in the current political atmosphere. Did they think the MLS offices wouldn’t notice? The league has called off transfers to the Russian league in the past, so the policy is pretty clear. Ferreira might have dreamt of a higher salary and better European prospects, but no one knows how much money any of these clubs actually have, and with no European competition available to them, Ferreira wouldn’t exactly be in the shop window.

At any rate, the MLS remains the quirkiest league in the country.

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