Pundays: In the Buff


One of the best storylines of the 2010 NHL Playoffs has been the coming out party of Dustin Byfuglien. The 25 year old left winger/former defenseman has 8 goals in 16 playoff games, 4 of them game-winning. At 6′ 4″ and 257 pounds, he has announced his presence with authority in front of the opposing goalies net. But the biggest factor of Byfuglien’s game are the intangibles… you see, both his first and last name are incredibly useful in making awesome puns on the NHL.com front page.

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With the possibility of more headlines like these, it’s easy to get excited about the Chicago Blackhawks having the opportunity to win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. But if Chicago is going to win the Cup, I’m hoping that NHL.com can do better than this.

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I’m pretty sure the song is Sweet Home Chicago, no?

If the Blackhawks lift the Stanley Cup over their heads in a week and a half… I’d go with “History Buff.” But even though NHL.com failed with the celebration of the Blackhawks being the Western Conference Champions, they certainly didn’t disappoint when trying to get fans to buy Western Conference Champion merchandise.

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Jon Toews will stare through your soul until you buy a Western Conference Champs t-shirt.

And who are the Chicago Blackhawks going to battle in the Stanley Cup Finals? Well, we might find that out tonight. But if the recent Pun Headlines are any indication, the Montreal Canadiens hab-it of appearing on the front page of NHL.com may be coming to an end.

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Take a closer look at that bottom line of video clips.

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It’s almost like the pun writer is just showing off now.

Hockey Blogging God, James Mirtle, commented last week that the NHL.com policy of “Hab” filled headlines “hab to be stopped.” Well, the Canadiens magical run in the 2010 Playoffs may come to an end tonight… but if so, they left us with a beauty.

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The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.