Kukla's Korner Hockey
I received an email last night from a hockey fan regarding Dylan Larkin breaking Mike Gartner's record in the fastest skating challenge.
The sender said it was ok to post the email and I made a few minor spelling corrections but otherwise it is untouched.
How could they immediately commentate and post Dylan Larkin's time for speed skating beating Mike Gartner when it is completely controversial. You can't say he beat Gartner when they used to start from a stop position at the line. Now they all start way back and are at full speed when the time starts at the line.
It is ridiculous to take away somebody's record when it's not the same rules. For any type of race, you start at the line from a full stop.
I can't stand hearing over and over that Dylan Larkin broke the record for the overall best time. How can these commentators be so stupid as to not notice the huge advantage from a running start and the time starting at the line when the skater is already at full speed.
I think a huge apology is owed to Gartner from all the commentator's that jump all over it announcing it over and over and from the NHL who change the rules year and year. If the rules are different, a record can't be broken. It can only be a new record for a running start for lack of a better word.
This is more than just my opinion and I hope it gets rectified publicly.
Thank you for allowing me to rant, but I hope it goes further than just you reading it.
In the comment section of a The Malik Report post, there is some discussion on it too.
Below, videos of Mike Gartner's performance back in 1996 and then Larkin's performance last night is posted twhich does include parts of Gartner's skate.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The play was reviewed but the league apparently didn't have a conclusive replay to overturn the call on the ice of no goal. However, an overhead replay from Fox Sports Detroit showed the puck sailing just under the crossbar.
"I just saw it kind of went up in the air," Sheahan said. "I saw it hit off something and went up. I figured it wasn't in. Our guys in the locker room looking at video saw something different."
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill wasn't sure what to make of it.
"It was weird from the bench; it looked like 'how did it not go in?' " Blashill said. "We couldn't tell where the puck went and then our guys in the back thought it went in based on what they saw. I looked at it between periods, didn't see a definitive view. Somebody told me they thought it was in but I haven't seen that yet."
Below, in the extended highlights of the Wings win, scroll to the 1:00 mark to watch the play, it should have been a goal but video evidence at the time was inconclusive. Then scroll to the 2:30 mark for additional replays, the puck did go in the net.
Oh the on-ice microphone picks up everything.
I try to avoid posting about the Wings in the KK Hockey section, but this goal from Dylan Larkin shows his talent level.
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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Last spring, the NHL had an operational camera embedded in all four goal posts in every arena for 89 Stanley Cup playoff games.
This year, with the addition of the coach’s challenge, the goal post cameras would have required additional wiring and parts to make the feed available for replay with the new Hawkeye system in arenas.
But since the cameras located in the posts provided such little insight to the game, they are not yet functional in all 30 arenas with the Hawkeye system.
Why? Too often, the goaltender was blocking a view of the play or puck, even with the cameras positioned facing the goal line....
Rather than proceeding with cameras in the goal posts, the next course of action for the NHL may be to install cameras in the crossbar, pointing down toward the goal line.
The NHL experimented with crossbar cameras on an off-day during the Stanley Cup final and found them to be more useful for determining goals, but more challenging to install.
more with some talk about the no goal for the Wings last night...
"A world-class talent, a great two-way player. Graceful, great hockey sense, great skill. He could bring you out of your seat when he was coming up the ice in full flight."
"His skating, his puck handling, his shot; he could do anything at an elite level. But certainly his skating ability was his best attribute, not just in straight out speed but in turning and stopping and starting and moving from side to side; to me he's one of the best skaters I've ever come across."
"Sergei said that to me several times, 'I knew I could trust you, that you would do the best things for my career. That's what I tried to do. I brought him into the office often. I talked to him often. He didn't understand everything at the beginning, but as time went on he got pretty good at it. He got to be a real good team guy. He didn't rock the boat. He performed."
"He was strong everywhere. You go back to the old Russian days, when those guys trained year-round with their team … he always won all the awards for conditioning at training camp. He'd go do pullups, rip off 20 at one time, and go, 'OK, what's next?' He was such a great skater and he had that low-center-of-gravity skating stride. He had elite puck skills. He's one of the best players of all-time."
"He could skate like a defenseman, backwards, and he was so fast. He could move, get back and get pucks. He was still thinking as a forward when he was playing defense, but he could play that position well and he did."
"He was the best player I've ever played with."
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Fedorov.
He was the best player on the ice all the time, every game. Not just for one moment. Look at a photo of his teammates making memorable plays and there's usually No. 5 in the celebration, and chances are he did something to set up that moment for the ages.
-Craig Custance on Nicklas Lidstrom. Much more at ESPN.
Just the facts, this season...
Bill Peters- Carolina Hurricanes 5-6-0
Jeff Blashill- Detroit Red Wings 4-5-1
Todd McLellan- Edmonton Oilers 4-7-0
The Toronto Maple Leafs under Babcock are 1-6-2.
Wonder how these stats will look in another month?
"I've wanted to be the best player in the world since I was a little kid. Over the past 10 days he has gotten a taste of what is is like to play against such luminaries as Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, along the way contributing three goals among four points in five games.
"I think I can be right there. I know it is just preseason, but it was how competitive those guys were, and how they were playing, I think in my career, that is the kind of player I want to be."
-Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. More on Larkin from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
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