Accidental Goals, Roenick’s “Gutless” CommentsShareThis
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When red-hot Predators forward Joel Ward stole the puck on the penalty kill, then threaded Canucks’ forward-playing-defence Mikael Samuelsson with a pass to David Legwand, I raved about the terrific play, especially given that it ended up in a short-handed goal.
But when I saw the replay a couple times the other day, I noticed just how bad Legwand’s shot was (not that I could/would do any better of course, just hear me out) – the goal went in under Luongo’s arm, which made me think of something.
When a good player shoots on a terrible goalie, or on one that is just learning the position, sometimes the goalie will make a save because he’s in the wrong place, or didn’t know he should move, or whatever. You deke left and go right, but the goalie wasn’t quick enough to even get out of the way yet, which actually happens sometimes in rec hockey.
Well, that must’ve been how Roberto Luongo felt on that shot. He was all prepared for a well-placed shot, and bam, a mis-fire (I HAVE to assume mis-fire – can’t imagine anyone on a clean breakaway choosing six hole as option 1A) goes in off his body.
Goalies, does this happen often? I know the odd change-up goes in, but are you ever like “alright, this guy should obviously go top shelf here,” so you take it away, and the shooter whiffs one under your glove? Fuck that must be frustrating.
Yes, go celebrate like crazy, you scored BECAUSE YOU’RE BAD.
(Note: he may have scored a goal slightly luckier than that one later. Note number two: I’m not calling Legwand bad, as he isn’t.)
Our boy over at Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski had a nice take on the Jeremy Roenick situation, basically claiming that JR didn’t go far enough in his comments about Patrick Marleau (he called him gutless, which is crazy over-the-top).
Roenick played with Marleau, and could’ve offered so much more insight into the guy and what the real problems are with the way he’s playing instead of going for the shock jock approach of near-slander.
My take: I’m all for people saying inflammatory things on TV. Analysts are often too safe and boring, so when they’re not, we shouldn’t call for their heads, we should debate their words. I don’t want to see JR do that less, I want him to do it more – at the same time, I reserve the right to call him an idiot when I think he’s being one.
And in this case, you really shouldn’t call any other player “gutless” on TV. I mean, that’s as offensive a term to a hockey player as nearly anything. He had five points in the first round, including assists on two overtime game winners and another game-winning goal, so the guy wasn’t exactly shrinking then. He’s not playing well right now, granted. That’s beside the point though – we don’t know if he’s hurt or what, so to go right to calling it a character issue is a touch biting for a guy who’s scored a few big goals in the past. Just because a guy is suddenly struggling to produce doesn’t mean he suddenly became a coward.
And yes – as Wysh put it, if you’re going for it, at least give us a little more evidence to back it up.
Enjoy this pic I’ve stolen from Puck Daddy. Hilarious! More playoff hockey tonight!