Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Flying Gaborik

This was quite a play from Friday night's Wings-Wild game:

I'm afraid this manoeuvre doesn't make a lot of sense, especially not when you consider the fact the game was 5-0 for Detroit at this point. It's incredibly dangerous for Dom Hasek to take out a streaking player like that, something that could have easily resulted in some sort of ankle/knee/leg injury to Marian Gaborik.

Minnesota beat writer Mike Russo has his take here.

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At 3:34 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Jesus. The NHL has had difficulties catching on in the U.S. for many reasons, but one of the biggest is horrible announcers like that.

At 4:04 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous conon394 said...

‘Jesus. The NHL has had difficulties catching on in the U.S. for many reasons, but one of the biggest is horrible announcers like that.’

Don’t get it – Ken Kal might not be the best Detroit announcer ever, but he’s better than many and not a living joke like um the CBC’s own Don Cherry.

In any case I’m sensing a double standard here. All the talk after Mathieu Dandenault’s flying 3rd man in tackle in the recent Detroit/Montréal game was ‘bright spot’, ‘character move’, if a tad unusual. Dom makes and aggressive poke check and there is no end to the tears being shed for Marian Gaborik…

If Dion Phaneuf had flattened Marian Gaborik (head down) and (potentially) injured him would people be clamoring the same tune?

At 4:11 p.m., December 09, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

A goaltender, given his equipment, is not permitted to hit players.

And calling this 'an aggressive pokecheck' is quite the euphemism; Hasek's stick is hardly even involved in the play.

At 4:22 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous baroque said...

Hasek has always been a phycho like that, though.

I was sure when I saw the highlight that it would end with Gaborik glancing up, avoiding the sliding goaltender, and depositing the puck neatly into the emptiest net he ever saw.

At 5:30 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is Ken Daniels that does the TV for the Red Wings, an HNIC alumnus who left after waiting for Bob and Harry to be put out to pasture.
He's usually fairly objective. Mickey Redmond has always been a homer, but that's how he makes his living, selling road trips to real hockey cities like Montreal and Toronto for the three or four Red Wings fans that exist in the city of Detroit.
Hasek is an idiot.
Maybe next game Boogard can slewfoot him.

At 6:47 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, name me one regional play-by-play man who isn't at least a little biased.

At 7:05 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Not to that extent though... sometimes I hear announcers complain about borderline tripping calls, but that wasn't a borderline anything... it wasn't a pokecheck, it was a reckless flying body block, aimed at Gaborik's lower legs -- one which WWE wrestlers will admire.

Even the homer Vancouver guy on Sportsnet slammed Bertuzzi right after the Steve Moore thing.

At 7:45 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous Django said...

Hey ken, lighten up.

Yes it was a stupid play by Hasek but it was a far cry from Bertuzzi's sucker punch on Moore. It's laughable to compare the announcers' reactions.

At 11:34 p.m., December 09, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Uh, I didn't. Maybe I wasn't clear. By no means are the plays anywhere comparable... I'm just sayin', even the so-called "homer" announcers have a line they rarely cross, and that's when it comes to clear-cut penalties and/or possible injuries. Which this was: a clear penalty. These announcers play the "homer" card on borderline calls, or goals that are waived off and there isn't clear video on the play. For another example, Joe Bowen of Toronto didn't play down Domi's sucker on Scott Niedermayer.

At 7:08 a.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger Oiler Mag said...

Hasek has always made plays like a European style football goalie - and this is one of them. Problem is football isn't played at 100mph!!! Very dangerous - although if Gaborik had seen him coming - which he should have - a skater of his ability would have had an empty net.

At 12:21 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looked like an NFL style tackle to me. That shouldn't be tolerated in the NHL as it was dangerous and reckless and totally unnecessary. Hasek should get a suspension

At 12:37 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

"If Dion Phaneuf had flattened Marian Gaborik (head down) and (potentially) injured him would people be clamoring the same tune?"

If Phaneuf resorted to a chop block, you better believe they would.

It was a joke that they called that a two minute minor. It should have been either a major for clipping, or a match penalty. Just because you are racing for a puck doesn't mean you have the right to take an opponent out below his knees. Ridiculously dangeorus play by Hasek, and as a result, Gaborik is quite lucky his season isn't over.

At 12:55 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous daniel said...

Goalie rage?

That tackle looked like the sort of tackels I used to see field hockey goalies make on attackers back home in Scotland. Really risky move as it means your hopelessly out of position if he sees you coming for him...

Seems quite risky to do in Ice hockey given the speeds involved!

At 1:28 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

So now no one watches the Wings on TV either? The empty seats at the Joe come with a hefty price tag; basic cable is all that the other games cost you.

In fact, despite the fact that VERSUS isn't in at least a third of the region's homes, the Wings at Habs was the top cable program of the night. A 4.7 rating is so high, the majority of teams in the US don't even dream about reaching these kinds of numbers.

And another thing.... Redmond only does the home games and shorter trips. Murphy fills in for him on the longer trips. He's allowed to be a homer seeing that his audience is the territory that FSN DETROIT covers. We'll tell him to carry the opposing teams' pom poms next time around to make some of you feel better, okay?

At 6:25 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous kentiam said...

Gaborik should keep his head up. Tricky play by Hasek, personally I don't think it was even a tripping penalty because plain and simple he got the puck first. Ref just made the call because of the flying star player.


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