The craziest part about this play is that it absolutely works. Well, actually wait, that’s not true – the crazy part is having the presence of mind and the stones to try it from a scoring situation, which you don’t get a ton of in a game.
But it does make sense; it allows him to pull the puck back from the defender’s stick, and get his stick in a position to make the pass.
Again, that’s Max Domi, Tie Domi’s son. Apparently he plays a bit more of a skill game.
A decade into his NHL career, and Niklas Kronwall has already put together quite the highlight reel of on-ice carnage. I love his attitude about the getting run over – if it happens to me, I probably put myself in a bad spot.
One of my absolute favourite things as a sports fan is “mic’d up” videos, and this one is no exception.
Highlights for me:
* Ryan Getzlaf telling Jonathan Ericsson (6’4″, 220) “You’re not scary.” I guess that’s easier to say when you’re the same size.
* Patrick Kane yelling “showtime” after a goal
* Jarome Iginla telling Pascal Dupuis (or whoever) to just fire the puck at him chest height and he’ll grab it and put it down. Don’t be surprised to see more plays like that in the league. Great way to minimize risk on clears.
Well, maybe after a 46-save performance, it’s time to replace Tomas Vokoun and go back to Marc-Andre Fleury. Win, and you’re in, after all, and the coach Dan Bylsma has to go with the hot hand. Vokoun stopped 27 shots in the regulation period, but not the 28th.
Of course… that’s absurd. Tomas Vokoun has been excellent since taking over in relief of Fleury in advance of the fifth game of the first round against the New York Islanders. Heading into Sunday’s game, the Penguins had won four consecutive, finishing off the pesky New York Islanders and taking the first two from the Pesky Sens.
At the trade deadline I bet a friend of mine straight up, taking The Field vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. When the New York Islanders made it 5-4 in the fourth game of the series, I thought I might have him beat. “Surely, these are just the Islanders,” I thought. “Good as they are, one of the Bruins or Senators is going to have to take them down, right?”
Sunday Funnies is a feature brought to you by Stevie Roxelle, because hockey is actually a pretty fun game and we run enough “here’s a terribly violent hit” posts here at Backhand Shelf.
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