Mike Smith has taken his goaltender right of contact immunity too far.
When the puck goes behind the net and the opposing team is going to be first on it, Smith likes to leave his net to play the puck away from them, but then he likes to take away any conceivable lane for the forechecker to skate through to avoid plowing him. And when they do take a piece, holy smokes, it looks like Scott Stevens himself headed behind the net with ill will and trucked him Lindros-style.
I will say: it’s not like guys are fully trying to avoid him or anything (he’s out there and a goalie, so…yeah), just funny that it continually happens to him, no?
Here’s what happened last night, Alex Edler edition:
Edler doesn’t exactly try not to hit him, but where’s he supposed to go? Jump the back of the net?
Yesterday on the excellent Canucks blog “Pass it to Bulis” (home of our very own Daniel Wagner and Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney), they ran the latest Roberto Luongo/Cory Schneider video about their battle to be number one. They’ve done joke videos like this in the past, if you haven’t seen them before.
If you didn’t already love these two, this should pretty much put you over the top.
There are some times in sports when we simply know an athlete is on another level. Right now in the NBA, LeBron James is on another playing field. In the NHL, Sidney Crosby is pulling away from the pack. There have been times when names like Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, and Annika Sörenstam have been simply unbeatable.
That’s the Los Angeles Kings Twitter feed right now.
I follow both @theactivestick (Laura) and the @LAKings, and much to my delight, they engaged during a question/answer period last night. (Screen shot by @Vrbatim)
The best. Try as they might, other sports’ franchises can’t hang.
For those who want to re-live that excellent Wayne’s World reference…here you go.
This is from last night’s Flames/Sharks game in Calgary. A “streaker” (he was wearing boxer shorts) hopped onto the ice and made it all the way to center before getting tagged and bagged by the authoritah. Not really sure what the end goal is here, but I’m sure of two things: