A classic New Years Eve match up. Two win streaks battling it out for supremacy. 14 wins in a row vs. 12 wins in a row. Two teams in the NHL that are top 5 in the league. It's...Columbus vs. Minnesota? WHAT?! Yes, it's true. The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild faced off on December 31, 2016 to close out this crazy, insane year in the best way possible: Columbus riding a 14 game win streak in St. Paul against Minnesota's 12 game win streak. The best team in the NHL vs. the 5th best team in the NHL. There's also the match up between Sergei Bobrovsky and Devan Dubnyk with both getting early Vezina talks as the NHL's best netminder this season. No one could have predicted this match up being as exciting or having the hype that it did when the NHL season started; Columbus being picked as a lottery team and the Wild were just kind of there, maybe they'll be good, maybe they won't. But here we are, it's January 1st, 2017 and Columbus has extended their win streak to 15 games after a 4-2 win, 2nd longest in the NHL (Pittsburgh has the record at 17) and Minnesota closed out the year 12-1-1 in the month of December. Not too shabby all things considered.
Originally I picked this game to cover because I have two friends that live in Columbus so I thought to myself "Hey, it'd be cool to shoot this." Last night I was treated to what felt like a playoff game and we're not even halfway through the season yet. If you're a fan of the game then you had to love what these two teams brought. Great hockey game all around.
So small tidbit about the next photo. After every win Nick Foligno, Columbus' captain, will go up to Sergei Bobrovsky, their goalie, and give him a big hug. Normally players will just do the fist bump and bump their helmet with the goalie as a congrats but Foligno and Bobrovsky hug it out and instead of bolting for the work room like I usually do, I sat in my spot with my 300 after Columbus won because I knew this was coming.
I hope you all had a great new year and here's to 2017.
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1D Mark II