Kukla's Korner Hockey
This time the Hockey Night in Canada segment in which Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox dish news and notes has been geo-blocked to Canada only (Paul sent me an email informing me of the "stuff we already know" in that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins, hopefully making his pro debut in about two weeks, but Daniel Alfredsson is not and may retire), but Friedman did offer some Twitter quips from his exchange, beginning with Ryan McDonagh's separated shoulder yielding interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (who is "on the block"):
Ekblad scored his first goal, a game-winning marker in Florida's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday evening...
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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
“The problem with evolution and maturity is it takes time,” the Oilers coach said before Saturday night’s meeting with the Vancouver Canucks. “You’d like to flip the switch but it doesn’t work that way.
“I think a lot of people in hockey and in Canada forget how young they are and I’m as guilty of it as anyone.”
Yeah, yeah. Patience. Process. Maturity. We’ve heard it all before. Wake me up when you’ve got something new to offer. Like a winning streak.
But here’s the thing about the Oilers, maybe the most interesting team in the Western Conference. As much as the clichés grate, as much as they sound empty, they are entirely applicable in this case. This team, which represents an impossibly rich collection of young talent, will be good one day. They might even be great. That’s an inevitability.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So Braden Holtby trips over his own skates after attempting to move the puck against a Luke Glendenning forecheck, the puck is shot into what becomes an empty net by the Red Wings in D.C. on Wednesday, referee Mike Leggo is watching the entire sequence from the right wing circle, doesn’t have his arm in the air signifying a penalty, and as soon as the puck goes in, he begins with the washout “no goal” signal.
Why? Why, even if the absurd goaltender interference call were made initially by referee Ghislain Hebert, out by the blue line, why didn’t Leggo correct him? Why wouldn’t he have told his partner he got it wrong? What was Leggo doing?
The NHL doesn’t need a coaches’ challenge. It needs referees who are unafraid to communicate with one another in order to make the correct call. It needs referees who don’t make calls — or reinforce them — based on things they never saw.
And the NHL needs a policy in which these referees actually have the responsibility to meet with the media — in the form of a designated pool reporter — after games to explain themselves, the way major league umpires do when there’s a controversial play.
more topics include Gordie Howe and some escrow talk...
added 4:22pm, Jim Matheson agrees with Brooks via tweets,
Agree whole-heartedly with @NYP_Brooskie that NHL is totally wrong not allowing refs to talk after games to pool reporter to discuss calls.
Mind you, NHL doesn't ever want us knowing who the zebras either by taking their name bars off.
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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen felt a stick blade jab him in the face during a game last week against the San Jose Sharks. Vatanen fell and lifted his hand to his mouth, either to draw attention to the foul or simply as a reaction to being stabbed by a stick.
The referee Tim Peel blew his whistle for a high-sticking penalty against the Sharks — but he also penalized Vatanen for embellishment. Anaheim Coach Bruce Boudreau protested, but to no avail.
Peel judged Vatanen to be exaggerating, a violation of N.H.L. Rule 64, which calls for a two-minute penalty against “any player who blatantly dives” or “embellishes a fall or a reaction” to influence a referee. The call against Vatanen was part of a crackdown on what the league sees as rampant fakery among players.
“Embellishment in the game is a real problem today,” Colin Campbell, the N.H.L.’s senior executive vice president for hockey operations, said in June. “We understand players are trying to draw penalties. We feel it’s out of control.”
Or, as the bombastic hockey traditionalist Don Cherry once observed, “We’ve got to watch that we don’t start acting like those goofy soccer guys.”
continued and below, watch the Vatanen embellishment...
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added 1:59pm, Russo's Rants has a full story on this now...
You can review the hit in this TSN highlight package from the game last night, scroll to the :40 second mark.
added 1:07pm, .GIF is below...
added 3:31pm, watch the hit below...
A LOOK BACK AT AN EXCITING OCTOBER
A recap of the first month of the 2014-15 season, which featured 151 games (compiled with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* 94 games (62.3%) were tied or within one goal entering the third period.
* 73 games (48.3%) featured one-goal margins. Another 13 were decided by two goals following an empty-net score.
* 63 games (41.7%) saw a team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including 32 in the third period. Of those 62 games, 13 featured a multi-goal comeback.
* 41 games (27.2%) required overtime, including 20 decided in the five-minute extra period. The 20 overtime decisions in 41 games is 14.4% higher than last year and higher than any of the past four seasons.
* 9 games (6.0%) saw a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
* 12 games (7.9%) saw a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation. Of those 12 games, the team that recorded the tying goal went on to win seven times.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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