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Hockey Recs #7

I always say I'm going to do make my next recs post a little sooner, and then I really, really don't. Maybe this time I'll learn.

FYI I'm probably about done reccing Kane/Toews, but there was one here in particular that I really loved and didn't want to leave out. However, I've stuck that pairing at the bottom so you can avoid it if you prefer.

I know I'm gonna be by [archiveofourown.org profile] bropunzeling
Crosby/Malkin, 12k. Road trip! I'd been pining for a Sid/Geno road trip fic, and this filled the bill very nicely. Sid and Geno start at the trip as friends, but end up somewhere else by the end, very satisfyingly.

Blood Sport by [archiveofourown.org profile] downjune
Crosby/Malkin, 5k, a/b/o. In which Sid and Geno are both omegas, but Sid hasn't had a heat in years and Geno has them too often. I really liked the relationship at the forefront of this one, but heed the warnings, because the world in the background is pretty dark.

gotta get up to get down by [archiveofourown.org profile] neros_violin
Crosby/Malkin, 11k. Geno has some trouble getting it up, and his attempts to fix himself eventually bring him to Sid. Uh, this is not the Sidney Crosby, Sex Therapist fic that description implies, but it's neat Geno-centric stuff that I enjoyed I lot. I liked how their relationship developed.

One Time Too Many, One Step Too Far by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ferritin4
Crosby/Malkin, 10.8k. This is basically everything I have ever wanted or ever am likely to want in a Sid/Geno mobster AU. It's the reveal about 2/3 of the way through that makes it, IMO. Also very slickly written, as usual with Ferritin.

love of the common people by [archiveofourown.org profile] hershey_bear
Crosby/Malkin, 3.3k. A delightful little 80s HS AU. Very 80s.

Intervention by [archiveofourown.org profile] Maur
Crosby/Malkin, 6.5k. This takes place in another world just a couple degrees skew of ours, where Flower burns offerings around his net in hopes of better performance, and Sid determines to do something to help the team spirit. I really love the worldbuilding here as well as the Sid+Flower friendship.

Looking Forward by [archiveofourown.org profile] so_shhy
Crosby/Malkin, 16k. In which small Sid from the past travels to the present, and Geno's stuck taking care of him. This took some different directions than the usual deaging fics usually do, and was very thoughtful.

Speak Out by orphan account
Crosby/Malkin, 14k for series. Sid and Geno have put a lot of thought into coming out. A neat fic series I discovered by nosing around the orphan account on AO3.

I don't like 'em by [archiveofourown.org profile] dimbleby
Crosby/Malkin, 13k. Flyer!Sid AU. I love canon-divergence AUs like these, and canon divergence AUs that result in cross-team romance are even better.

See Why I Stay by [archiveofourown.org profile] pinetreekate
Crosby/Malkin, 9.5k. A fic about two people making the decision to change the nature of their relationship, with all the vulnerability that entails. I get frustrated sometimes when the revelation of mutual pining in a fic immediately leads to unalloyed happiness, because surely a person's feelings are going to be more complicated than that? This fic feels like it takes the time to explore them in a way I really appreciated.


Other Pens Pairings / Pens Gen
Cutting Through the Defense by [archiveofourown.org profile] partypaprika
Crosby/girl!Ovechkin, 15.3k. This is the genderswapped het Crosby/Ovechkin you've been waiting for. Girl!Ovi is a delight.

A Save Situation by [archiveofourown.org profile] oflights
Bennett/Bortuzzo, 8k. As Bortuzzo is leaving for St. Louis, he kisses Beau, which complicates everything. A neat getting-together fic with a lot of awkward feelings, which are my favorite, and it neatly undercuts some of its own melodrama in a way I found very pleasing.

got me lookin so crazy right now by [archiveofourown.org profile] somediothasice
Crosby, Giroux/Voracek, 1.6k. In which Crosby listens to gay rapper Roux and is wistful. I have a real soft spot for players, Crosby in particular, being closeted and wishing they didn't have to be, so I loved this. There are several more fics after this that focus on Giroux and Voracek, and those are cute, too.

untitled Pens puppy pile by 7iris
Pens gen, one-shot. After they get kicked out of the playoffs, the Pens just kind of naturally gravitate together. Yay sad cuddling.

2-on-1 (part 1), (part 2), (part 3), by hatfulofcrazy
Crosby/Seguin/Giroux. A PWP, I guess, but great voices all around. Great fun.

ain't born typical by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sour_Idealist
Crosby/Giroux, 1.7k. There were several "Sid/Giroux at Worlds" fics that came out, and this is one of my favorites. I like the give and take of the antagonism and of the vulnerability.


Pens Vids
Dear Future Husband [vid] by sleepy mango
Crosby/Malkin. This is delightful. :D

~friends~ [vid] by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat
Pens gen. Also delightful.


Other PairingsSign Here, Please by [archiveofourown.org profile] engine
Kessel/Bozak, 8k. Phil and Tyler get civil soul bonded for the good of hockey. This goes the places you would probably expect, but nonetheless I liked it.

do-over by [tumblr.com profile] 7iris
Neal/Clune, one-shot. Once upon a time before a draft, James and Dicky had sex, and then Dicky never mentioned it again. Years later, they try again. Quiet, with feelings I liked.

Dream the Right Dream by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ferritin4
Backstrom/Ovechkin, 14.2k, a/b/o. Another of my favorite recent a/b/o fics, this one does a lot with comparing the various mores of Sweden, Russia, and North America. I really like the worldbuilding in this one.

King Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ferritin4
Backstrom/Ovechkin, 12k. In which Nicky is secretly royalty, and this actually has surprisingly little to do with the story. Mostly this is just easy, slow-build Nicky/Ovi, of which there isn't nearly enough.

What Happens in Vegas by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ailelie
Benn/Seguin, 5.2k. In which Tyler and Jamie spend some time in Narnia, and by the time they get back, they're really not the same people they were when they left.

uphold the great endeavor by [archiveofourown.org profile] electrumqueen
McDavid/Ekblad, 21.9k. Connor McDavid, tired of meeting expectations, gets himself drafted to Toronto and dates his boyfriend and generally spends a lot of time figuring out how not to give a darn – and then how to, when it matters.

made it through the wilderness by [archiveofourown.org profile] hapakitsune
Seguin/Marchand, 6.1k. In which Brad and Tyler have sex after the Stanley Cup, and it's super awkward afterwards, and anyway it doesn't matter because Tyler sleeps around with everyone. Except only one of those things is true.

new lands for the living by [archiveofourown.org profile] bookhousegirl
Eriksson gen, background Eriksson/Soderberg pining, 6.7k. This is a post-trade, and thus sort of post-breakup fic, although the principles were never together to begin with. It's about grieving a friendship that's been torn apart by distance and filling that space with new relationships. I haven't really seen anything else like it in hockey fandom.

it's not a new wave, it's just you and me by [archiveofourown.org profile] sphesphe
Marchand/Bergeron, 16.3k. Brad Marchand prides himself on not being a typical omega. He is, in fact, proud of being kind of a shitty omega, and a dick on the ice. A very cool look at some of the trials and travails of being an atypical omega, including how it blinds Brad to some aspects of his relationships to people. One of my favorite a/b/o fics in a while.

illicit hallway meetings by anon
McDavid/Eichel, one-shot. This isn't quite hatesex, more... rivalsex? Whatever, it's embarrassed and awkward and delightful.

Animal Husbandry by [archiveofourown.org profile] pinetreekate
Briere/Giroux, 5k. Claude Giroux makes cheese. Danny Briere raises cows. I'm not much for AUs usually, but this is so cozy, and there's food.

Loving You, Darling, Is a Man's Job by [archiveofourown.org profile] destroythemeek
Voracek/Jagr, 6.5k. This is a hero worship fic, which I'd normally shy away from, but this one is so much about Jakub himself, as well as his lifelong crush, that it ended up really working for me.

settle up, settle down by [archiveofourown.org profile] addandsubtract
Gallagher/Galchenyuk, 22k. AGally comes out, BGally reacts badly, and it takes them a long time to work through the damage that follows. I felt like we could have used some more of BGally's perspective, given that we don't even find out what it is until quite late in the fic, but I thought this was interesting as an example of fic where coming out to the team doesn't go well, which I don't see very often.


Heavy Lifting by [archiveofourown.org profile] floss
Kane/Toews, 5.6k. Patrick and Jonny have a conversation over the course of six months. Then they fuck about it. I've never read a coming-out fic like this before, and I don't know why. These dribbles of conversation, of questions and answers with weeks in between, really worked for me. You don't come out to your BFF in one long infodump; it takes time.

It's Beyond Your Peripheral Vision by [archiveofourown.org profile] exmanhater
Toews/Kane, 5.8k. Johnny visits a bunch of universes and a bunch of Pats, and together they open his eyes to something about his feelings about his own Pat. I've been enjoying these visiting-alternate-realities fics, and this is another neat one.

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