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How Taylor Swift got Patrick Kane in hot water


How Taylor Swift got Patrick Kane in hot water

Time erodes a lot of things, including people’s memories of specific events, but that didn’t stop former Blackhawks coach Denis Savard from telling Chicago fans a story last weekend about how Taylor Swift cost the Blackhawks a goal.

The way Savard remembers it, the story goes like this:

The Hawks and Predators were playing a game in Nashville on Valentine’s Day, 2008, when Patrick Kane allowed a defenseman to wheel past him unchecked, resulting in a goal by the Predators.

Kane skated to the bench and Savard yelled, “You must have been looking at those two blondes while the guy went by you.”

Kane, who had two assists in the 6-1 win, actually was not on the ice for the Predators’ only goal in that game, but admitted giving up a scoring chance on the play and acknowledged that, yes, he had noticed the two girls. He also admitted being late for the team bus because he was chatting with them after the game.

Savard, who was not happy with his 19-year-old rookie, heard a knock on his office door the next morning.

It was Kane.

'Y'know last night after the game ... you know who the two girls were?'” Kane said.

“I have no idea,” replied Savard.

“One of 'em was Taylor Swift,” Kane said.

Swift, who was 18 at the time, had burst onto the music scene two years earlier with her No. 1 hit “Our Song,” but that didn’t impress Savard.

"So I got no idea who she is either, by the way, even when he said Taylor Swift,” Savard told Hawks fans. “I get home, I ask my wife, I said, 'Hey honey, who's Taylor Swift?'"

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.