Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Thought

Watch for a new development in the NHL, folks. In the same way that players now turn towards the boards when they feel a hit coming--in order to draw a penalty--players will now intentionally drive an opposing player into their net and their goalie in order to draw a penalty. It sounds crazy, but after watching tonight's game, I am convinced that it is being done on purpose. At two different points in the game tonight, Oilers forward Sergei Samsonov was cross-checked into Canes goalie Cam Ward. On one of those plays, Samsonov was called for a goaltender interference penalty, even though he had done nothing wrong. And although it backfired on the Oilers, I am now pretty certain that Marc-Andre Bergeron was trying to do the same thing to Andrew Ladd in Game One. I am sure people will laugh at me for this, as it seems ridiculous that a player would put his goalie at risk for a powerplay, but players are putting their lives in jeopardy when they turn to get hit from behind, and they do it all the time. In light of this, is my idea really that insane?

7 Comments:

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

The second time around, Samsonov was not cross checked (or pushed) into Ward. I am certain of this. Watching the replay after it happended, there was nobody within six feet of Samsonov who had plenty of time to stop before hitting Ward. The first time, it looked like he was pushed, but CBC failed to provide a good replay, but then again he wasn't called for interference on the first go.

The second time around Samsonov looked like he was trying to draw a penalty or injure Ward and was not pushed. I am, as they say, 110% sure about this.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Um, you are obviously watching a broken television. Glen Wesley cross-checked Samsonov from behind, into Ward. I would bet two Flames Stanley Cup victories on it. Oh wait...

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

No. You are wrong. Sorry dude, you were probably blinded with rage.

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Um, no. I am right. Get the tape.

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I just watched the highlights. The announcers words: "Samsonov bumped into the net by Glenn Wesley."

And it was Pamela Wallin who hit Samsonov into the net the first time.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

You get the tape. I haven't seen any evidence to the contrary.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I won't have this conversation. I watched the highlights last night, and even the announcers said he was bumped in by Wesley. Quit being daft. We're not even arguing about the content of the post.

 

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