What stuck out in my mind about this game was when they announced that Edmonton now held a new franchise record with 56 shots on goal breaking a record from 1986 when Edmonton had 55 shots on goal vs the former Minnesota North Stars. That got me thinking, exactly what is a shot on goal? On a stats sheet you will see SOG which means shots on goal or you will hear that the goalie stopped 18 of 20 shots. So today I will break down exactly what a shot on goal is.
Here is the 101 of a shot on goal in NHL hockey specifically:
What counts as a shot on goal
1) Any shot that would enter the net if the goalie wasn't there to stop it counts
2) Any shot that is stopped by a goaltender counts as a shot on goal
3) If a shot is taken and it hits the crossbar or goal posts, hits the goalie and goes into the net is counts as a shot on goal
What doesn't count as a shot on goal
1) A shot that hits the crossbar or goal post and doesn't go into the net is not a shot on goal
2) If a player deflects the puck away from the goaltender during a shot is in not counted as a shot on goal
3) If a player "blocks" a puck (examples are using his stick or body to get in the way of the puck) during a shot is is not counted as a shot on goal
4) Shots that go wide (to the right or left of the net) or high (above the net) are not counted as shots on goal
5) A "clearing pass" that makes it's way through all the players that the goalie must stop is not considered a shot on goal because it was never intended to make to the back of the net
That should help a little next time you watch a game. I usually see SOGs range from 20-30 during a game so it was pretty cool that Edmonton had 56. But keep in mind there is no set rule as to exactly what a shot on goal is. In the end it is all left up to the Official Scorer who records the information.
It is a go to staple of mine when I don't know what to have for dinner but it is also something that friends ask for when they come over for a game including the one and only Gina Holden. Her meal of choice when she is at my house for a game or I am at her place in Los Angeles 1) Caesar cocktail 2) Chicken wings (I will give you that recipe another time) and 3) Greek Salad. I think by the time the chicken wings are done cooking Gina has already eaten most of the salad but like I said it is delicious! I shall call this salad:
Courtney's The Game is On, Gina is over Greek Salad
1 large cucumber
2-3 medium sized tomatoes
1 small or 1/2 a medium sized sweet onion
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 cup of pitted olives (pick your favourite, I change it up all the time with the olives)
3/4 to one cup of a cup of feta cheese
Balsamic and White vinegar to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions for Salad
1) Cut cucumber and pepper is medium bite sized pieces and throw in the bowl
2) Cut the top vine part out of the tomato (like coring an apple). Then I squeeze the liquid out of the tomato. Chop the tomato up into big chunks. Note: Squeezing the liquid out of the tomato makes a better salad. Then the tomatoes don't make the salad soggy with the extra liquid and leftovers last longer.
3) Dice onion and add olives into bowl
4) Break the feta over top of salad into chunky pieces (it will break up a little more when you stir it)
5) Add balsamic vinegar and my secret ingredient in white vinegar as well. It is delicious. Then a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Be careful with the salt though sometimes feta cheese already has salt added so you don't want to over do it.
6) Mix with a spoon and enjoy!
Note: I leave Olive Oil out for my guests to add on their own. If you put the olive oil on the salad and then end up with left overs (it will never happen if Gina is in your house) then it doesn't keep that nicely in the fridge with the olive oil already on it.
These teams meet up for the 2nd time this season. Really this rivalry is the hockey version of the "Young and the Restless" Most of the characters are still the same with a few gone and a few new faces. The storyline is always the same just replayed over and over and over again. Both teams want to win, neither team likes each other. In the 1st meeting this year was in Vancouver. Tonight's game is in Chicago. In game #1 Cory Crawford got the start and Roberto Luongo played for Vancouver. This time Ray Emery is getting the start for Chicago who is a perfect 5-0 this season while Cory Schneider gets the start for Vancouver who has a 4-3 record. Vancouver has both Ryan Kelser and David Booth back in the line up while Chicago if they win tonight will tie an Anaheim Duck record set in 2006-07 as only the 2nd team to go their 1st 16 games without a loss in regulation. Their record is 12-0-3 while Vancouver's is 8-3-3. Interesting fact: Jordan Schroeder who has played 12 games for the Canucks this season, scoring twice and assisting two others scored the game winning goal last time against the Blackhawks. It was the 4th round of the shootout and Schoreder scored while Patrick Sharp didn't and Luongo stopped all 4 shootout attempts. Below is the highlight video to help jog your memory! No matter what game you are watching tonight please ENJOY! X