Some Habs content, for a change
In three games featuring 19 goals, we've seen a measley six goals scored during 5-on-5 hockey.
Carbonneau, on the arbitrary penalties:
"The penalties are a concern. They're mostly hooking and that's the new NHL. The only thing that bothers me (about the refs) is that there are some other things that aren't being called out there."
In recent games on Sportsnet, the broadcast team hasn't even bothered to try to replay penalty calls. No one can find them.
That's beef #1. Beef #2: that damned puck-over-glass penalty (again).
Two of the those 11 PPGs were a direct result of puck-over-glass minors. One of those was a 5-on-3. Last night's marquee matchup between the Sabres and Sens was decided by puck-over-glass penalties. Ottawa scored on two puck-over-glass PPs and won 4-2 with an empty net goal.
Koivu, on the puck-over glass rule:
"That's the worst rule in hockey."
Imagine if the NFL instituted a rule that made an accidental incomplete pass that goes out of bounds a ten yard penalty, or if the NBA called a foul for an out-of-bounds pass. It is obscenely unjust.
I understand that there are actually some crackpots out there that think this rule is a good idea. Their argument is usually based on the assumption that (1) NHL players should be skilled enough to avoid it or that (2) it forces defensemen to make higher risk plays.
Even if (1) were true (it's obviously not, given the number of these penalties that are called and NOT ONE of them being intentional), the penalty far outweighs the offense. The continuing number of these calls made this season is evidence that (2) is a bad assumption as well. Defensemen still prefer to try to bank it off the glass than send it up the middle, and rightly so. Guess which option will draw more ire from their coach?
There is no way that accidentally throwing a puck over the glass is equivalent to tripping an opponent to prevent a breakaway, or slashing or elbowing or boarding. The puck-over-glass penalty should be reduced to the equivalent of icing, post-haste. Having games decided by 5-on-3 goals because of this rule is no way to introduce new fans to the game.
New NHL hockey is promoted as a exciting, fast skating, back-and-forth game. It's false advertising, because in the last few games I've seen the lasting images are of PP goals scored on unjust or unseen penalties.
Yea or Nay: The guy featured on the front page of officepools.com is Darren Turcotte.
There has been lots of press for HOFer Patrick Roy over the last week. As usual, Red's article is the best, hands down.
Eric Staal went on an early third period high-sticking rampage last night against former his teammates who jumped ship for the Rangers.
As if the Buffaslug wasn't enough of an eyesore in Buffalo. BfloBlog has added some captivating footage of a dangling bison penis to the top of their page.
Just because no one else has mentioned it lately: Sidney Crosby is eligible to play for Canada at the WJHCs in Sweden this year. It is my opinion that he will be considered the best player in hockey by the end of this season, and he's still junior-eligible. Wow.
Some Gazette writers are authoring blogs! Dave Stubbs and Sidhartha Banerjee can bee seen at Habs Inside/Out. For some reason, Mike Boone gets his own page: Mike Boone's Online Eeee-mail.
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