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Ice hockey fan wins $50,000 with impossible shot from opposite blue line, video

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It turns out Canadians are just naturally ridiculously good at ice hockey.

A Montreal fan became $55,000 richer when he nailed an incredibly tough shot from the other side of the rink at an NHL game.

Making it all the crazier? The guy doesn’t even play hockey.

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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.

“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.

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New York Islanders Anthony Beauvillier simple pick up line for Anna Kendrick

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It’s worth a try.

Anthony Beauvillier has scored 10 goals for the New York Islanders this season, but he spent his Christmas taking a different kind of shot.

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The four-year veteran seemingly took his shot with actress Anna Kendrick on Twitter, posting a simple “Hi @AnnaKendrick47.”

The tweet has since garnered well over 19 thousand likes and climbing and has brought about plenty of wingmen in the replies trying to help his case.

“Remember Beau when you saved me from a burning building, cooked me a 7 course meal and taught me 8 languages,” former Islander defenceman Bruno Gervais replied. “That was a great day.”

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.

Kendrick, 34, is best known for her starring roles in “Pitch Perfect” and “Up in the Air,” and is in the new Disney+ original “Noelle.”

And almost 48 hours after the tweet from Beauvillier, Kendrick replied thanking fans for the tales his “heroism”.

Beauvillier, 22, has been one of the Islanders’ most-improved players this year, helping the team to a 23-9-3 record, the third-best mark in the league.

The 2015 first-round pick has 22 points in 35 games after recording 28 points in 81 games last season.

This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.

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Islanders fan’s cruel ‘Kiss Cam’ joke

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One NHL fan used the arena’s “Kiss Cam” to play a cruel joke on his date Thursday, likely earning him a trip to the penalty box.

The unidentified fan, sporting a Mat Barzal jersey at the New York Islanders’ home fixture, kissed the woman next to him after appearing on the Nassau Coliseum jumbotron.

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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.”

The New York Islanders lost the fixture 2-1.Source: AFP

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

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Brandon Manning fights Bokondji Imama, racial slur in AHL game, on-ice fight, video

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A Canadian ice hockey player has taken some on-ice punishment – adding to his off-ice penalties – after using a racial slur against a rival.

Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning was suspended for five games for a slur aimed at Ontario Reign forward Bokondji Imama last month.

“What happened is unfortunate for everyone. No matter how intense or heated a game gets, there is no room for this in our game and no excuse,” Imama said.

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But the two then met on the ice for the first time in an AHL game and immediately began fighting.

Imama landed several large punches after throwing off his gloves and then threw Manning onto the ice, with referees having to pull him off the top of Manning.

Manning apologised after his use of the racial slur.

“Last night I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive,” he said via the Condors.

“After the game I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I’m very grateful for. He allowed me to apologise and I took full responsibility for what I said.”

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