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German league player avoids rogue ice resurfacer during interview (Video)

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The last thing Stefan Loibl expected to happen during an on-ice intermission interview on Tuesday was to have it end thanks to a rogue ice resurfacer.

The Straubing Tigers forward scored a goal during their 4-2 loss to Kolner Hale in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Between the second and third periods, he was having chat with Marc Windgassen of Telekom Sport when suddenly the ice resurfacer (Zamboni. The Zamboni people like to point out the name is trademarked and we’re not sure if the Tigers use that brand of machine.) was backing up and heading his way. Time to think quickly!

Unfortunately those two workers didn’t avoid “der Eismaschine” in time, but it looks like they were OK.

“Stefan Loibl is currently unstoppable!!! First, he is too nimble for the Sharks, then he skillfully [avoids] the ice machine skillfully,” the Tigers’ Twitter account posted Tuesday night.

We’re going to assume now that all future intermission interviews done by Telekom Sport will take place with the player standing in the tunnel. Then again, even the tunnel can be a dangerous spot. Just ask Kevin Weekes and Scott Oake. OK, let’s just throw a headset on them in the locker room.

Stick-tap Christian Baumeier

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Goaltender David Leggio knocks own net off again to avoid breakaway (Video)

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It is my duty to inform you all that goaltender David Leggio is at it again.

You might remember Leggio for one of two things. First, he does a wicked good Pierre McGuire impression. Really. It’s quite accurate.

Secondly, it was three years ago that Leggio, then with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, ended an opponents’ 2-on-0 in unique fashion. Rather than attempt to stop the odd-man rush with a save, he simply turned around and purposely dislodged his own net, stopping play.

The Springfield Falcons were awarded a penalty shot, which Leggio stopped. Simple math, right? A 1-on-0 is better than a 2-on-0.

The defensive technique wasn’t lost on Leggio Friday night as he played for EHC Red Bull München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga during a 5-2 win over the Fischtown Pinguins.

As Ross Mauermann skated in on a breakaway, Leggio, whose teammates were well-aware of his previous manner of defusing an odd-man rush, did it again.

When it happened in the AHL, the league quickly moved to tweak the rule in place and make it so a game misconduct was given to any goaltender who tried to pull a Leggio. The DEL currently has no such rule, but you can bet that’s going to be discussed very soon.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Giroux and Briere are off to the German league

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After plenty of rumors, Claude Giroux and Danny Briere are finally heading to Europe.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun hears from their agent Pat Brisson and finds out the Flyers forwards are headed to Europe to play in the German league with Eisbaren Berlin.

It was rumored earlier that Giroux was headed to either the KHL or the Czech Extraliga while chatter picked up on Briere recently. Seeing the duo head to Germany makes for a bit of a change compared to where other stars have headed off to during the lockout.

With roster restrictions in Russia and Sweden still haggling over whether to allow NHLers in or not, Germany offers none of those issues. Now the question is whether or not Giroux will swap out grilled cheese for schnitzel.