Big Numbers: Awesome penalty kill, awful power play; high and low PDO

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.

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On Remembrance Day, on the lightness of our being

This article originally appeared on the blog on November 11, 2010, back when PITB was in its infancy. Because its message still applies, however, we thought we’d share it with you once again (with minor alterations for topicality). Please take a moment on this Remembrance Day to appreciate that the life you have is the result of others sacrificing theirs.

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California Road Trip, part two: Wherein everything goes south

Sly & The Family Stone worked mostly out of Los Angeles, but the band adored San Francisco, and more specifically, Haight-Ashbury, the street that was the centre of the hippie movement in the late sixties and early seventies. The Family Stone were a funk band, but they were in tight with the hippies, especially after their iconic 1969 performance at Woodstock, so they spent a lot of time on The Haight.

On There’s a Riot Goin’ On, one of my favourite albums ever, as it happens, the opening track is called “Luv N’ Haight”. Sly liked to spell his song titles a little strangely — “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” comes to mind — but this wasn’t just him being eccentric. It was a little nod to one of his favourite neighbourhoods.

This is a long-winded and kind of dorky way to say that I was really excited when I arrived in San Francisco and learned that the friend I would be staying with for that leg of the road trip lived on The Haight. Obviously, it’s very different now and most of the hippies are gone, but it was just cool to know I was crashing somewhere that had such an impact on one of my favourite pieces of music. That alone made this trip a success.

And thank goodness, because the hockey certainly didn’t.

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