The replies didn’t stop there however with everyone getting in on the act and retelling stories of Beauvillier coming to the rescue and helping them out, in an attempt to help the young ice hockey star out.
Hey Anthony thanks again for paying a whole years worth of my rent. I don’t know how I can repay you. Much love
The folks at @NASA called, looks like they’re gonna need you to save the world from another planet-ending asteroid again. Yeah I know, it’s getting old saving the world, but face it you’re our only hope!
Thanks, the entire world owes you for your sacrifice!
He then stepped into the aisle and got down on one knee as if he was about to propose.
The woman stood up, and appeared amazed but instead of producing a ring, the man just tied his shoes.
The Islanders ended up losing to the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.
Although the playoffs seem out of reach, the Devils are not going to waste the rest of the season.
Nico Hischier scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, helping the Devils record their third straight victory.
“We are playing with confidence and we are making plays,” Hischier said.
“From one guy to the last guy, everybody digs in.”
P.K. Subban also scored and Mackenzie Blackwood added 29 saves to help the Devils improve to 6-2-1 in their last nine games.
“We got away from our game of making it really hard on them,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.
“I thought we were doing a pretty good job for the first 30 minutes. We got to stay to what we do well. If there is a play to be made, make it. If it’s not, then let’s put it in a place where we can retrieve it or continue to possess it. I didn’t think we did that right through the whole game.”
The Islanders’ next fixture is against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
Originally published in the New York Post and republished with permission
Patrick Proteau won tickets just to be at the Canadiens v Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday, and then was plucked out of the crowd for a fan competition during the second intermission.
He had three shots at goal to win prizes, getting more and more difficult. He hit the first one, winning a mini-fridge, before missing from the middle of the rink which would’ve won him season tickets.
Then came the third shot from behind the opposing blue line – approximately three quarters of the way to the opposite goal to the one he was shooting at, basically. Making things worse, the hole in the goal he had to hit was barely bigger than the puck itself.
And yet, he nailed it, earning $50,000 Canadian dollars.
Impossible shot nets fan 50k
“They offered me a hockey stick, left or right?” Proteau said. “I don’t know. I don’t play hockey.”
“It was beginner’s luck. I didn’t think it was going in.
“It was going in slow motion, and then I was wondering where (the puck) went until everyone started cheering, and then my jaw dropped.”
Proteau understandably plans on taking his family on a holiday with the money, given Montreal will only get above freezing temperatures on three days over the next week.
But then being around all that snow is probably why he won the money, so it all works out in the end.
The top line is reserved for the best players on a hockey team – they see the most ice and are crucial to the team’s success.
To play just two games after being elevated from the minors, to being inserted into the one of three forward positions on the first line is an unconventional move.
Let’s take a quick step back – Walker is the only Australian in history to play in the National Hockey League, those familiar with the 25-year-old from New South Wales will know he has ticked off plenty of other considerable achievements.
He won the Stanley Cup with Washington in the 2017/2018 season, having made his debut and scored a goal earlier that season.
He also scored a point in the playoffs, a primary assist which line-mate Alex Chiasson buried past Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray – sealing a crucial win in their playoff run.
Fast forward to a few days ago, and Walker finally got his call-up from the minor leagues to play an NHL game for his new team, St. Louis.
On November 29 he stuffed a puck into the net against Dallas – on his debut for the Blues – but the goal was ruled out for offside.
His parents told him not to worry, he’d just have to get one in his next game – he did, slapping a half-volley past Matt Murray of the Penguins to help the Blues to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Walker was promoted mid game against the Pens to the top line and scored straight away, earning him a ‘first star’ for his performance, akin to three Brownlow votes.
So coach Craig Berube wasn’t going to mess with the formula – come the game against Chicago, Walker remained on the top line alongside Brayden Schenn and Jayden Schwarz.
“Walker can really skate, he gets on top of people. I think he’s going to be good for that line,” Berube said.
He set up a goal for Schenn with a nifty pass, logging 14:24 minutes in ice time.
Being a first liner is a huge step up for Walker – in his time at Washington he was used a depth player and had to fight for scraps with the fourth line.
He’s a role player, which means he can be plugged into any line with any of his teammates and do his job well. That’s what makes him such a beloved teammate and an important part of his club.
The fact that for virtually his whole career he’s represented a Stanley Cup contender shows you that he’s a valuable player.
For the first time, he’s got gun players alongside him on the ice, which means he should be able to add goals and assists to his arsenal of skills – something he’s already doing.
For a man familiar with breaking new ground, this is a whole new kettle of fish for our Aussie trailblazer.
You can catch Walker and the Blues take on Pittsburgh on ESPN2 on Thursday at 12pm AEDT.