- i'll be attending the ken king / darryl sutter q&a on thursday at flames central... while i'm more of an observer, by nature, if anyone offers up a wicked question in the comments section, i'll ask it....
- i did a little reading on green laser pointers and it kindof freaks me out, where kippy's vision is concerned.... those things are REALLY not good for eyes.... a few interesting forums and articles about what an idiot laserdouche is, and a bit of follow-up/fall-out from lasergate.... considering that i just linked to a zillion different things and your attention span is probably as long as mine, i'll break it down for you here: green lasers are sixty times more powerful (and thus, harmful) than red laser pointers. the forum link above shows pics of a guy who has etched into plastic with his green beam, which is effin' frightening when you think about the ramifications: not only for kippy's career but kippy's LIFE, man.... anyhow. no question that there should have been an announcement on the PA at GM, and that brent should've probably stopped the game. on the other hand, if it was happening constantly, my guess is that kipps would've made more of a fuss (so i presume he's just fine).... it seems that barry trotz has vowed to remove his team from the ice if it happens again tonight. bottom line: laserdouche will get tattled on the next time he/she decides to play green lantern at an NHL game....
- toronto v. pittsburgh on saturday night produced a situation not totally unlike the giordano phantom penalty fuckup call from dec 29/08 (the quintessential of gio v. zebra mess-ups). this time, however, it was sergei gonchar who both scored AND (when play continued) hauled down ponikarovsky on a breakaway the other way. a lot was made of the situation, since the eventual awarded goal nullified a toronto penalty shot, and it caused me to re-investigate my stance on the giordano episode.... here's the difference:
NHL RULE 78.6 VIDEO REVIEW:
When a team scores an apparent goal that is not seen by the on-ice officials and play continues, the play shall be reviewed by the Video Goal Judge at the next stoppage of play. If the goal is confirmed by video review, the clock is re-set to the time the goal was scored. If the goal is not confirmed by video review, no adjustment is required to the clock time.
Only one goal can be awarded at any stoppage of play. If the apparent goal was scored by Team A, and is subsequently confirmed as a goal by the Video Goal Judge, any goal scored by Team B during the period of time between the apparent goal By Team A and the stoppage of play (Team B’s goal), the Team B goal would not be awarded. However, if the apparent goal by Team A is deemed to have entered the goal, albeit illegally (i.e. distinct kicking motion), the goal shall be disallowed by the Video Goal Judge and since the play should have stopped for this disallowed goal, no goal can be awarded to Team B on the same play. The clock must be re-set to the time of the disallowed Team A goal and play resumed.
Any penalties signaled during the period of time between the apparent goal and the next stoppage of play shall be assessed in the normal manner, except when a minor penalty is to be assessed to the team scored upon, and is therefore nullified by the scoring of the goal. If an infraction happens after the first stoppage of play following an apparent goal (infraction after the whistle) by either team, it is assessed and served in the normal manner regardless as to the decision rendered by the Video Goal Judge.
the verdict is that in the leafs/pens game, the goal AND penalty were pittsburgh so the penalty stands. in the gio incident, the goal was scored by minnesota which means that gio's delay of game infraction should have been "nullified by the scoring of the goal."
....and since we're on the subject of the lengthy list of gio phantom penalties, does anyone have any idea why it was GIO (and not iggy) who received a 10-minute misconduct during the pushing-and-shoving at the end of the second period on saturday night ?? no matter, the dude almost scored on his first shift outta the box.
- speaking of gio (almost) scoring, how good was THIS ??!?11!?:
- i know it has nothing to do with hockey but it's pure radness: beer can or bacon ?
[UPDATE: this link has totally disappeared, which is really too bad for you....]
- team canada numbers are out but unless you're planning to get a jersey, i'm not sure how exciting it is.... eric staal gives up #12 to alternate captain, our iggy (as if he wouldn't) and takes #21. getzlaf defers his #15 to veteran dany heatley and does the same (#51).... nothing else overly interesting to note beyond the team's lack of a #4.... ie: it's ready and waiting for jaybouw. ;)
- theo fleury apparently decided this week that he didn't want his #14 in the rafters at the 'dome and went ahead and posted some rather controversial comments over on his blog (he's since removed them). my opinion is this: he wasn't entirely wrong about any of it, but he's an idiot for announcing such things in a public forum.... regehr probably SHOULD be traded (like dion, his value will only diminish if his current play continues) and theo probably WOULD have scored more than conroy.... mind you, with the way that he was skating, fleury's +/- would be atrocious by now, and i'd be screaming about his floating more than i did with bootuzzi.... on the subject of #14 sabotaging his jersey retirement, my boy strombo pointed out that "one day he'll get there. when flambés fans realize that, short of one magical run, d.sutter is the c.mactavish of calgary."