Scott Hartnell and His Knuckle Puck Get All Snipey in Front of Flyers’ Fathers

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Let me tell you about the time Scott Hartnell scored five goals in one weekend with his ex-high school teacher father looking on in approving jubilance. ‘Tis a true tale.

It wasn’t just the fact that Hartnell scored five goals, including a natural hat trick in the second period of Sunday’s game against the Bruins, but it’s where he scored them from.

Look, I made you a picture:



#wheresscotthartnell?! In the fucking left-slot

No, that’s not some crazy Illuminati pentagram designed to drive Nicholas Cage batshit crazy– it’s Hartnell’s goal chart from the weekend. Some would say that’s called sniping, to score from there, and I can’t disagree.* In fact, Hartnell’s second goal against the Bruins appeared to have dipped and curved over Tim Thomas’ shoulder like a Cliff Lee deuce on a mission from God. It also looked a lot like Russ Tyler’s Knuckle Puck from D2: The Mighty Ducks.

Look, I made you a video:


Hartnell joins Danny Briere and his Luiz Mendoza move in Mighty Ducks mashups.

After the game, the should-be all-star talked about his newfound snipieness:

Q: Fair to say this was the best weekend of your career?

"Yeah. Five goals in two games, it's a good weekend for anybody. so, I'll take it. confidence is a weird thing. I have a lot of confidence and I feel strong on the puck, strong on the ice, my skating is good and when Giroux makes those nice little passes to me, it's nice to get a good shot off and was able to put a couple (inaudible)"

Q: What does it mean to do it in front of your dad?

"To see the smile on his face afterwards is special for me, obviously. He's probably watched a thousand or fifteen hundred games that I've played, traveled around Western Canada growing up and watched every game on the NHL Network. To have him here and have a good game personally is pretty nice."

Q: What is your dads first name and what does he do for a living?

"His name is Bill Hartnell and he's a teacher and principal for thirty years."

Q: Still?

"No, he's retired now."


Bill Hartnell, father of a sniper.

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*Let's see how long it takes other teams to pick this up on game tapes or this site (sorry) and start knocking Hartnell out of that spot.

Speaking of coming-out-of-their-shell stories: Brayden Schenn’s balls dropped today. He murdered Steven Kampfer, got into a fight with Chris Kelly (Schenn lost), wiped some blood off his visor, took five stitches to the head… [picture and more after the jump]

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… and then returned to the game and continued to assert himself as the alpha male ala Mike Richards, to whom he was compared by Paul Holmgren before the start of the season. The master plan, it seems, is coming to fruition.

Of course, all this tasty hockey goodness only returned one point for the Flyers. That last sentence can be attributed to the man Tim Panaccio painfully calls The Bryzard of Oz, the $51 million goaltender who hasn’t stopped a shot in a shootout since joining the Flyers. He’s oh…for-five. 

Bryz, post-game:

Q:  Do you think that the team needs to practice these shoot outs a little bit more?

“Goalies need to stop the puck more.  I was five and five this year.  Five attempts and five goals.  I don’t know, they just score the goals.”


Thanks, Bryz.

Other news: Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk are still out indefinitely with concussions. Jaromir Jagr and Zac Rinaldo are out with lower and upper-body injures, respectively.

Quotes via the Flyers city-leading PR department, pics via and CSN screen grabs


20 Responses

  1. If other teams start paying more attention to Scotty- all that does is create more room for Giroux to be Giroux…

  2. I was at the game. And it was fucking awesome. Even though they lost. There seemed to be endless fights,lots of goals, a hat trick, over time,And a choke fest (shoot out). Awesome.

  3. You still lost.
    It was the perfect day. Watch the B’s beat the Flyers in person and go down to one of the bars you have at the Wells Fargo Center to see the Pats win the AFC title….AGAIN!!!
    Dream team!

  4. Typical Flyers game. Ed Snyder will be sending out those playoff packages soon. Time to rape the fans some more.

  5. baby schenn not afraid to finish hits on chara… watching him play today was amazing. i liked his potential and its been rough for him w the injuries.. but seriously today i fell in love.. good lord i would rob the cradle for baby schenn.. ok enough fan girling i really just like his style of physical play today and wish more guys would play with that edge…. ohhh and hartnell?? beast.

  6. The game was horseshit. Bruins shouldn’t have been able to score their 2nd and 3rd goals – Voracek somehow tripped someone by the chest and the officials somehow missed Coburn getting run over while pursuing the puck.

  7. And how about Bryz getting flattened after the whistle? That first period the Refs were in the pocket of the Bruins deeper than Britain circa 1776 in the EIC.

  8. Well I guess Hartnell’s worth the money…..for now!
    Don’t know about Bryz….don’t know if I ever will!

  9. More importantly, where can I see better shots/vids of the Ice Girls?
    Fuckin’ CSN never puts a camera on them.

  10. Didn’t see the game because of the football, but from the highlights, it seemed that Bryzgalov was awful again. Go figure.

  11. @Schtick – Bryz actually had a above average game. You have to take into account that Boston and Philly are the league’s two leading goal scoring teams, and it was an eye-for-an-eye all day long.
    Shootouts are for chumps anyway and losing this game against the B’s was alright for what they did on the ice minus Jags, Briere and Pronger.

  12. Bryz had another crap game. 2 or 3 of those goals were softies.
    And he is still acting like Biron – just dropping down into the butterfly as soon as the puck crosses the blue line. He needs to stay big in the net.
    Hard to fathom that Jeff Reese doesn’t see this.

  13. I was at the game,and it was by far one of the best games I have seen in years. It was extremely intense and the players minus the goalies were great. Our first 2 goals were also courteous of a former flyers sidenberg which was fantastic. Boston went after Schenn the rest of the game, but he kept on coming up big, but yet again bryz let us down. Its starting to get ridiculous. To many soft goals and he needs to stop a shootout

  14. The fact that Jeff Reese is still here blows my mind.
    The Flyers cannot draft, sign, or coach a goalie worth a goddamn.

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