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by Jon Jordan on 12/31/10 at 02:13 PM ET
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.
In any event, as far as the Stamkos penalty shot goes, this is a non-issue. The only quasi-rational beef anyone can have on the play would involve questioning whether Stamkos’ forward motion ever came to a complete stop. Rule 24.2 says: “The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.”
Soooooo, let’s keep this as simple as it is and go straight to the video evidence.
First up, the Omark bit (only because many of you drew the parallel):
Whatever. I still contend that Omark’s fake/muffed slapshot attempt and eventual changeup of a shot was far more troubling to Ellis than the dipsy-doo he pulled at the red line.
Next, Stamkos from last night:
All I can say is that there was little debate in-house when the goal was scored as to whether or not he stopped and, in the end, it was allowed. Further, to call this the same move as Omark’s is an admission of some severe spatial deficiencies. End of story. (Please?)
And, finally, for those of you that made the reach of all reaches in comparing the Stamkos goal to the Omark move, I could only do a little reaching myself and assume that you’d never before seen the master of the spin-o-rama, Denis Savard, in action. That most of Savard’s spin-o-ramas came at the expense of a defenseman or two (and, only later, a goaltender) is irrelevant. I don’t think you heard any of them complaining about disrespect. (Instead, in all likelihood, bemoaning the loss of a jockstrap or two.) But I’m here for you, with a classic Savardian spin-o-rama at the end of a clip featuring several other attempts in recent years:
This conversation is now over.
Happy New Year.
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