Saturday, December 23, 2006


Slovak Legend Peter Bondra Nets Goal #500

By Jes
(I was going to rant about the Canucks loss last night, but I'm not just inspired to write about an uninspiring team.)

A nice bit of Christmas cheer for the few Blackhawks faithful and the Bondra household as Slovak legend Bondra, Peter Bondra, scored his 500th career NHL goal last night in a win against the Maple Leafs.

It's still weird to see him in a Hawks sweater, but I'm happy that he's happy and found a team that was willing to sign him. As bad as the Hawks are, they still do have a pretty decent future ahead of them and they've found new life under new coach Denis "Spin-o-Rama" Savard.

Recap from Yahoo Sports:
Peter Bondra picked a perfect time to score his 500th NHL goal.

Bondra became the 37th player in league history to reach the 500-goal mark, connecting early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night.

Signed by Chicago as a free agent on Dec. 10, Bondra drove to the net and rammed a rebound of Jassen Cullimore's shot from the left point past Jean-Sebastien Aubin 5:37 into the third.

"It wasn't like I was sure what I was supposed to do when I scored," said Bondra, who scored his second goal in six games since joining the Blackhawks. "I felt like it was my first goal. Should I be jumping up and down or too excited?"

More importantly for the Blackhawks, Bondra's score turned out to be the game-winner in a physical, up-tempo match against a fellow NHL "Original Six" opponent.
While it wasn't the typical Bondra blast or speedster type goal, it was the usual 'right-place-at-the-right-time' goal Bondra has racked up a lot of over the years.

Bondra, who had to jump right into the fast NHL tempo while quite 'cold', has done well for the Hawks so far. In 6 games, he has 2 goals, 2 assists, and a +6.

Overall, he has 500 goals and 382 assists in 1050 Regular season games. For some reason, I've always had a thing for players who get more goals than assists, which probably explains why I was such a Brett Hull fan as a little kid.

I was shocked to find that there wasn't a single Bondra highlight on YouTube. So, I downloaded the steaming video, converted it, and uploaded it for all of you to see.

Merry JesMas ;)

PS: As an aside, the Blackhawks goal horn has to be my absolute favourite of all time. If I ever score an NHL goal, I want that horn blasting away.

PPS: I'm also a little stunned that the store doesn't already have a Peter Bondra #500 goal shirt printed up already. Lack of projected demand?

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Finally something Jes and I can agree on - Peter Bondra's greatness.

It must be the holiday season...
don't you agree that Sidney Crosby is superior to Alexander Ovechkin? geez...
Now, that's a horn.
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