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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
The recurrence of problems like turnovers and lost assignments off a faceoff that contributed to the slow start and the six minor penalties that prevented Washington from making any headway, made Friday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal a more maddening outing for Coach Adam Oates.
“Sometimes when I’m up here, I’m more frustrated than others in terms of how the game went,” Oates said during his post-game news conference. “Tonight I’m a little bit more mad at some of the older guys [who didn’t] help the young kids out. We all watch our shifts, we all watch video. We have a simple formula and when we don’t do it, we give them chances.”
Montreal’s first goal by Travis Moen was the result of a turnover by Mikhail Grabovski as he exited the Capitals’ zone. Their second goal came on a deflection by David Desharnais and while there wasn’t enough video evidence to wipe out the goal as having been scored by a high stick, it wasn’t that ambiguity that bothered Oates. It was that Washington failed in its coverage assignments after losing a faceoff.
Regarding the reviewed goal, I thought it would be ruled a no goal by the situation room, you can decide yourself by watching it below. Scroll to the 1:15 mark to see why I thought it should have been ruled no goal.
A musical montage set to 'Not Guilty
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
... The Habs will soon find out, it’s probably in the neighbourhood of $8-million per year. Which, needless to say, is a very nice neighbourhood.
The Tampa game was a handy illustration of why Subban is a unique commodity on the hockey marketplace: no other defenceman in the league brings quite the same combination of edge-of-the-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive smarts – the closest analogue is like L.A. Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty (who signed an eight-year, $56-million contract before the last lockout, which averages to $7- million per season).
Since being taken to task by coach Michel Therrien after a grisly turnover led to a back-breaking goal against the Colorado Avalanche – and being fingered for another one that wasn’t clearly his fault – he has only been on the ice for two even-strength goals against in 12 periods (he’s also managed three points, and a team-best 23 shots on net).
He has also played more minutes.
You want him to show he can be airtight in his own end? Okay. Want him to still continue driving possession and leading the team in scoring? He can do that.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The decision to disallow the goal was made exclusively by the Referee and independent of video review. The Situation Room informed Leggo the puck had entered the net. Referee Leggo then informed the hockey world that it had been done so through illegal means (incidental contact of the goalie) which he determined on the initial play and therefore the goal would not stand.
In this situation Referee Mike Leggo and the system currently in place performed to perfection. Like you Matt, I would prefer to see goalie interference become a reviewable offense; not to assess a penalty but to determine the legitimacy of a goal. I would also want the review to take place at ice level and performed by the Referee(s). I am sure the Refs would welcome the opportunity to personally review the play through video and make the final determination at ice level. After all, that's what they get paid to do.
If you missed the play, watch it here.
The NHL explains the call...
At 17:14 of the second period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, the Situation Room observed the puck cross the goal line but play continued until 17:50 when a review was initiated. The referee informed the Situation Room that he observed incidental contact in the crease by Lightning forward Tyler Johnson on goaltender Carey Price, if in fact the puck crossed the goal line. Video review confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's decision on the ice stands, no goal Tampa Bay. The clock was reset to 17:14.
The NHL has not posted a video of the play but SomeHockeyVideos did at YouTube. The video is from RDS and of course in French.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I once asked (Scotty) Bowman about the impression he left on his players, and he said his one regret was: “I could never tell those players how good they were.”
Bowman knew his job was to push his players to be even better, which is why he was behind the bench for a record nine Stanley Cup winners....
It’s a good time to look at some of misconceptions about Subban:
Subban and Therrien are incompatible: This one gathered steam this week when Subban was used sparingly in the final minutes of what turned out to be a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre. Three other defencemen finished with more ice time than Subban and Therrien glued Subban to the bench in the final minutes of regulation time. When you coupled this with what turned out to be Therrien’s very public criticism of Subban on an episode of 24CH, it was obvious the coach doesn’t like Subban.
The reality is that coaches yell at players, In the wake of this week’s hysteria over ice time, we have players recalling that Glen Sather yelled at Wayne Gretzky and Bowman yelled at everyone. The bottom line is that coaches do what it takes to win and Subban leads the team in even-strength and power-play minutes.
from Jim Withers at the Montreal Gazette,
The hockey-stick door handles are a giveaway: This is no typical Parisian brasserie.
You don’t come here to soak up Paris’s bohemian lifestyle, savour foie gras or fantasize about hanging out with Hemingway and Toulouse-Lautrec.
You come here for burgers, poutine, beer — and to get your Habs fix.
In the heart of the world’s most romantic city, The Great Canadian Pub has for more than eight years been an oasis for homesick, museum-weary North Americans. On the tourist-heavy Left Bank only a short stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral, hockey-starved visitors find salvation here and communion with their fellow Canadiens faithful.
While TGC, as it is commonly known, shows other sports on its overhead TV screens, hockey rules here — an overturned hockey helmet serves as the barmaids’ tip jar — and the Canadiens are, for all intents and purposes, the home team.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Why was a Norris Trophy-winning defenceman on the bench for the last four minutes of regulation time and most of the OT? Alex Pietrangelo played 30:49 for St. Louis, while P.K. Subban played 20:52.
Yes, P.K. was on the ice for Stewart’s game-tying goal. He was also on, and drew an assist, on the Rene Bourque goal that got the Canadiens back into the game.
P.K. had lessToI than either Josh Gorges or Raphael Diaz.
But Raphael Diaz, FFS!
P.K. played only five minutes more than Douglas Murray and 55 seconds more than Francis Bouillon.
more on Montreal's SO loss to St. Louis...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
.. if Yzerman really is thinking of leaving Subban home, then he’s out of his ever-lovin’ mind. The thought of Subban wheeling and dealing with other players of his calibre on the big ice in Sochi is mouth-watering.
Sadly, part of the blame for the perception that Subban isn’t dependable in his own end lies with his coach. Therrien has made a couple of comments about Subban that put the “luke” in lukewarm, declining to say when asked if Subban should be on Team Canada and also refusing to call him a world-class player.
When he opts for Douglas Murray during the last minute of a one-goal game with Subban nailed to the bench, when he keeps his star off the penalty kill, when he lets 24CH tape an episode with him ripping his star, Therrien feeds the controversy — unwisely, in my view.
One fine day, Subban is going to have to decide whether to sign a long-term deal in Montreal or take a bundle of money to play elsewhere. If this keeps up, you could hardly blame him if he elects to leave a situation where he is constantly at odds with his coach for a place where his considerable gifts are appreciated.
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