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Stamkos vs. Omark: The Controversy That Isn’t (With a Cameo from Denis Savard)

A few weeks ago, Edmonton’s Linus Omark’s spin move from center ice to begin the eventual shootout winner over Tampa Bay irked the Lightning. Players called it disrespectful, embarrassing and so on and so forth. I opined that it was no big deal and that the Bolts were overreacting. A day later, many of them realized just that, including the victimized goaltender, Dan Ellis, in particular.

“Bottom line, the kid scored,” Ellis told ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. “In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it.”

Last night, Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot against Montreal and converted to lengthen the Lightning’s lead in an eventual 4-1 win with a more traditional spin-o-rama from in tight.

And, sadly, it didn’t take long for several mouths to start yapping about Stamkos’ attempt being just like Omark’s, when nothing could be further from the truth. Snarks aimed at Ellis, specifically, were commonplace and one has to wonder, at this point: What is it that people outside of Tampa (and maybe Detroit?) seem to hate so much about the Bolts? Success breeds contempt, I suppose - or maybe it’s a Florida/Southern hockey thing… But it seems like any time anything even remotely spicy pops up around this team, so many are - pardon the pun - lightning-quick to pile on.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, denis+savard, linus+omark, spin-o-rama, steven+stamkos

Video- Highlight Fight

Zack Stortini and Colton Orr last night and check out the one linesman who seemed to want to break up the fight a couple of times.

Probably one of the better fights of the year.

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  Tags: colton+orr, zack+stortini

The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.


Listen in after the jump…


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  Tags: dan+ellis, evgeni+nabokov, linus+omark, mike+smith

Motivation For The Leafs

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

At 18 years old Taylor Hall faces a bank of cameras and microphones in front of his dressing room stall almost every single day of his professional life.

To his credit, it is a rare occasion when he slips up, as he likely did Monday when asked whether his Oilers will have to play better against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday than they had in Sunday’s 12-shot effort, a 2-1 loss to Vancouver.

“Hopefully we can compete a lot harder. Because (Toronto) is a team that, if we do, it’s there for the taking,” said Hall, a 29-game veteran of the wars.

There for the taking, eh?

You can just hear Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson ripping that quote out of the morning paper and handing it to the dressing room attendant with a roll of tape.


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Canucks With A New Complaint

via Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

When the game was over, several Canucks said: “Are you going to write about that penalty shot?”

Of course we are because it’s not often we see one called when a forward is trying to score by going around the dot. That’s what happened Sunday when Magnus Paajarvi got by Andrew Alberts, around the faceoff circle.

The Canucks defenceman lunged backward in an attempt to swat the puck away or knock Paajarvi’s stick, as the Oiler forward took a sharp angle toward the net. Alberts’ stick tripped Paajarvi, who still got both a shot on net and a penalty shot, thanks to referee Brad Meier. He’s the same ref who just happened to let a similar play go Saturday night when it was Ryan Kesler in the Paajarvi role.

“I asked Brad what was the difference between (Paajarvi) and Kes on Saturday and he said ‘it’s way different,’” Vigneault said. “I’ll have to look at it again.”

You can play ref and make the call by watching the video below…

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  Tags: magnus+paajarvi

Oilers Don’t Matchup With Canucks

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Their Swedes versus your Swedes.

Their centres versus your centres.

Their defence versus your defence.

It was time for a men versus boys game in Edmonton if for no other reason than to settle the town down and provide the latest reality check and update.

Just when some fans were beginning to get giddy with the Edmonton Oilers having gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and the way the kids have been going, the Vancouver Canucks showed up at Rexall Place Sunday night.

The contrasts were conspicuous and conclusive.


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Linus Omark On Mark

Am I the only one who thought the Linus Omark shootout goal was not jaw-dropping, spectacular, fabulous, etc.  Spin move at center ice?  What’s next, a back flip?  Anything is possible when you have the ice to yourself!

added 9:19am, from Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun,

“I didn’t think it showed a lot of respect in this game,” said Stamkos, who missed his shootout attempt in Round 2.

“I mean, you don’t see Crosby or Ovechkin doing that and they’re the two best players in the game.

“(Omark’s) a creative player, he’s got good skill. I’m not taking that away from him, but it didn’t really have any implication on his moves, so I don’t know why he did that.”


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14 Goalies Since Khabibulin, Lightning Still Looking for a New “Wall” in Net

Tonight in Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face an old friend, as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will man the Oiler nets.

Sadly, the 37-year-old Khabibulin still has to be looked at as Tampa Bay’s last consistent, go-to netminder. “The ‘Bulin Wall” was a force for the Lightning during his time in Tampa, with a sturdy 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 192 games from 2000-2004. These are pre-lockout numbers, yes, but his performance in the current, more inflated era – 2.87/.903 – would still best just about every other Bolts goaltender since his departure after the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04. Tampa Bay has tried 14 different goalies between the pipes in that time, with largely underwhelming results.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, mike+smith, nikolai+khabibulin

Horcoff Suffers A Damaged MCL

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

In his third shift in Tuesday’s contest at Rexall Place, Shawn Horcoff collided with Corey Perry and felt his right knee pop. He did not return and will not be in the lineup for another eight weeks — at least that was the best guess from head coach Tom Renney.

Horcoff will have an MRI on Wednesday but he does have a damaged medial collateral ligament.

“He got his stick up between my legs. It was like a can opener and I felt it pop right away,” said Horcoff. “I took a faceoff and tried to finish the play but when I went to the net, I tried to stop. There was nothing. Hopefully it’s not that long.”


You can watch the play below, it happens at the beginning of the game recap video…

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Hall Starting To Shine

from Gene Principe of Oilers.com,

OK now that is a little more like it…actually a lot more like it from Taylor Hall. That’s the guy Edmonton thought they were getting when they used the first overall pick to select the Windsor Spitfire winger. How good has he been lately? Really good. The kid has been impressive on how often he scores and how he does it

I don’t know if I can fully explain the certain quality he has that not many are born with and that’s wanting to be the ‘guy’, the gamebreaker, the game changer. It’s like he eats pressure for dinner. He showed it Saturday night when there was the opportunity to get the puck from Ryan Whitney. He was yelling for the puck, he wanted it. He wanted the puck and the game on his stick.

Did you really have any doubt he was going to be the OT hero? When I saw him in all alone I figured Jaroslav Halak had no chance of stopping that puck.

continued and if you missed the OT goal, watch it below.  You will also see Andy McDonald suffer an upper-body injury when his head meets the knee of an Oiler player.

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  Tags: taylor+hall

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