Pundays: Lu’d Behavior


Much like the Edmonton Oilers’ trade for Ryan Smyth… the final edition of Pundays for the 2010-2011 NHL season might be better late than never. We aim to please here at The Royal Half, so compiling the best and the worst NHL.com pun headlines of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final was almost as fun as the series itself. But in the end, only one team can win. And for our friends in the city of Boston, there was only one word to describe the feeling. 

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Every picture tells a story, but when it comes the front page of NHL.com… every headline tells the pun-filled story of a Stanley Cup Final game. Game 1, the Vancouver Canucks score the only goal with 19 seconds left in the game. 

First time I’ve ever heard “winner” used when describing Raffi Torres.

Game 2. Vancouver wins 3-2 in OT. And Manny Malhotra returns to the ice

I would have gone with “Eye See You!”

Game 3. Boston wins 8-1 with a 4 goal explosion in the 2nd period. 

“Second” thoughts about signing Roberto Luongo to that long-term contract.

Game 4. Boston ties the series at 2-2 with a 4-0 victory. And all 6 of the people who like Weezer AND hockey smile. 

I’m sure that after his Game 4 performance, there were a lot of ladies
who wanted to be the Real Housewives of Peverly Hills.

Game 5. Vancover wins with a 1-0 shutout. And Vancouver continues its Cup Final tradition of awful scrubs scoring important goals. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
Any NHL.com pun headline involving a player with the name Max that isn’t “Max Power” is a loss in my book. 

Game 6. Boston wins 5-2 to force a Game 7 in Vancouver. 

You gotta think this loss has to feel like a sharp pain for the Canucks.

Game 7. The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks.

Thomas is McCartney. Krejci is Lennon. Chara is Harrison. Marchand is Ringo.
And Luongo is Yoko. 

But of course, the real story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals wasn’t the Bruins amazing 7 game victory. Nope, it was the war of words between two upstanding members of the goaltenders union, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas.

I mean, nothing sells NHL hockey like a musical-theatre inspired headline. NOTHING!

Well, I don’t know about you guys… but I feel like that the pun headline writers at NHL.com were definitely showing which team they were rooting for. Exhibit A… Roberto Luongo pun headlines.

Exhibit B. Tim Thomas pun headlines.

After an amazing Stanley Cup Final that got fans all across North America and the World excited, it’s now time to refresh during the off-season. But not before an awful NHL Awards show that had those same fans screaming one phrase…

It’s officially the off-season. And with the July 1st Free Agent Frenzy looming around the corner… there is only 1 thing left for NHL players to do.

As always, check out our brand-new Pundays Archive located just below the Royal Half banner at the top of the page.

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.