Twenty-five penalty minutes, multiple fight challenges. Tripping and a short-handed goal in the third period. There were any number of opportunities to ragequit out of this online multiplayer game of NHL 11. But for some reason, perhaps stubbornness, both sides played through.
Reader t0ddd prevailed, but it took plenty of will to stay in. Playing as the Boston Bruins (against the San Jose Sharks) his first breakaway opportunity was cut off by a deliberate slide to trip his forward. Awarded a penalty shot, t0ddd beat Antti Niemi for the game's first score.
In the second period, the Sharks scored on a powerplay, repeatedly challenging t0ddd's Bruins to fight, but he kept refusing. "Online fights in NHL 11 typically suck because when you aren't sitting right next to the person you're playing you can get away with just mashing the right stick up as fast as possible," he writes.
Todd racked up 25 penalty minutes to his opponent's four. No ragequit.
In the third period, killing off a penalty, t0ddd chipped the puck high in the air. As it bounced toward the Sharks' net, it slipped through Niemi's five-hole for the 2-1 lead, late.
"I waited for a connection disruption but my opponent stayed," t0ddd writes. "We played through the whole game, the heaviest defensive game I have ever played. The moral of this story is sometimes you can find really great NHL 11 opponents despite everyone usually being a super sore loser."
Here's the Box Score.
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Now the Kotaku Sports open thread commences with the sports TV highlights for today and tomorrow. All times are U.S. Eastern.
CBS coverage of the third round begins at 3:30. Leader Rory McIlroy (-10) has a 2:45 tee time with Jason Day (-8). K.J. Choi and Tiger Woods, who shot a second round 66, tee off at 2:35. Both are -7. Final round coverage is tomorrow at 2.
Collegiate hockey's championship drops the puck at 7 on ESPN; the finalists are Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan.
On Fox, much of the nation will likely see the Yankees at Red Sox at 1 p.m.; the rest get the Phillies at Braves. On WGN at 4, the White Sox host Tampa Bay. Tomorrow, TBS has Braves-Phils at 1:30; WGN has Cubs-Brewers at 2, and ESPN's game of the week is Yanks-Sox at 8.
ABC's doubleheader tomorrow is the Bulls at Magic at 1, followed by Boston at Miami at 3:30.
The CBC has an all-Canada broadcast tripleheader today beginning at 1 p.m. with Ottawa at Boston, then Montreal at Toronto at 7, and Vancouver at Calgary at 10. Tomorrow, NBC features Detroit at Chicago at 12:30.
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