Thursday, January 26, 2006

Giguere flips his lid
Goaltender gets 16 PIMs, costs team game

While most of last night's attention was firmly focussed on the second meeting of rookie phenoms Sid Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the Edmonton-Anaheim contest had something I haven't seen in a while: A goaltender on a rampage.

Ducks 'tender J-S Giguere, angry with Ryan Smyth, attacked and punched the Oilers winger as Anaheim trailed 4-3 in a game that will have playoff implications. On the very next play and with his team already down a man, Giguere again pursued Smyth and was dealt a double minor and 10-minute misconduct.
"I was really upset, for more than one reason," Giguere said. "It's unacceptable. I can't react like that. Unfortunately, a goalie can't go out there and try to bodycheck somebody. You've got to keep your cool. For what I did, I feel sorry to my teammates. It's not right."
What followed was a screaming match between Giguere and Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. Understandably, Carlyle was upset his goaltender had taken the team out of what had been to that point an extremely close, hard-fought game. The on-ice tension between Carlyle and Giguere was as thick as I think I've ever seen. Who says regular season games are boring?

In short, it was stupid and if Giguere was any less important to his team's success than he is, we would quite likely be seeing much less of him in the Ducks' goal. I also can't imagine the tirade went over well with notoriously hot-headed Anaheim GM Brian Burke.

As for that game in Pittsburgh — let's just say Crosby emphatically re-opened the Calder Trophy debate with one of the best games of his young career. Crosby now has nine fewer goals, five more assists and has a plus-minus rating 10 points lower than Ovechkin. Here's hoping both players stay healthy so we can see this battle fully play out.



At 3:22 p.m., January 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Smyth worked Giggy real good on this one. I was surprised Carlyle didn't yank him after the last slash to the back of Smyth's legs. The Ducks announcers said it would have sent a bad signal to the home crowd to yank Giggy, but geeze, who's actually leading this club at crunch time?

At 3:59 p.m., January 26, 2006, Blogger craigchurch said...

high quality entertainment last night. will crosby and ovechkin be linked like gretzky and lemieux their whole careers?


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