Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pens v Flyers

I guess it's going to be one of those days... A few things to discuss during the intermissions:

1. A lot is being said about the non-fight that happened between Siddo and Marc Savard. Puck Daddy wrote a little piece about it saying he had heard from a few people who were at the game and close enough to hear what was going down. I, too, heard from someone that witnessed the events first hand. From Friend of The Show Donna D.:
Re: your pic. of Sid without his shield Sun. 3/15 .....

I was at the game on Sunday sitting near the bench. Crosby & Marc Savard {Bruins} were having words in the 1st period, and Savard motioned with his hand in front of his shield, provoking Crosby to take his off, apparently claiming he {Savard} would then go at it.

Click for a supersized view.

Crosby was JACKED and took off his helmet and ordered the equipt. mgr. to take off the shield ... and he did. Seemed Sid was ready to go after that, agitating Savard several times, but Savard didn't bite.
Based on all the above circumstantial evidence, here's how I have interpreted the incident: Savard most likely referenced the visor to Sid because of how much press the fact that Siddo didn't remove his visor for his first NHL fight against Savard's teammate, Andrew Ference, in an effort to irritate him and throw him off his game. But Savard didn't expect Sid to step up and prepare to throw down. In other words, it's pretty clear that Savard's mouth wrote a check his arse couldn't cash. (Side note - the crap that Siddo took for not removing his visor in the altercation with Ference infuriates me because, well, take a look at the pictures on this post about that incident and notice that Ference did not remove his visor, either.) What are your thoughts?

2. In the final minute of Friday's game against the L.A. Kings, Geno did something controversial. Since FSN Pittsburgh didn't really show a replay, here's one from YouTube:

Now, I love Geno. Anyone who reads this blog should get that impression without a shadow of a doubt. But woodstock and I have had this conversation before - when Geno gets mad, he does stupid things. It has been a non-issue until now because his "tantrums" have usually consisted of slamming his stick on the ice or getting mad and giving up mid-play. A case I can reference from personal experience is the November 15, 2008 game that woodstock and I attended. The Pens were up by three goals, and it was close to the end of the game when a Sabres player did some that gave him control of the puck and got Geno really frustrated. Geno gave chase at first, but then suddenly he just stopped at center ice and slammed his stick down, an action that nearly gave the Sabres a breakaway chance. (I heard more than a few "WTF GENO?!" shouts from my section following that.)

Okay, I know this isn't the same as hitting a guy with his head down, but it all comes from the same cause - Geno gets mad and does something stupid. The difference is that, until now, Geno's temper tantrums have only ever almost cost his team a goal. But on Friday, he could have really hurt Wayne Simmonds. That's not good. There is no place in today's NHL for this kind of behavior, and Geno has already had a disciplinary hearing by phone regarding this incident. (As of this moment, there has been no suspension, but that doesn't mean it won't be announced just before the start of this afternoon's game.)

As much as I hate to say it, I do think Geno should get a one- or two-game suspension from this. I know from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's poll that 78% of participants do not feel the same way I do, but before anyone jumps down my throat, take a second to think about what you would want to happen to Simmonds if the situation had been reversed and it was he who clocked Geno in the head. Think about how we'd all be calling for a suspension and a fine for Simmonds - or at the very least, a few minutes on the ice one-on-one with Eric Godard. What are your thoughts on this one?

Thanks so much to Donna for sending in her account from the Pens v Bruins game. :) The Pens face the Flyers this afternoon.


GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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