The headline may be up for discussion. Some will say that the Flyers were stalling to pull the Tampa Bay Lightning out of their 1-3-1 defensive system. Others will say that the Lightning started the stall tactics by employing a defensive system that won’t go passed the offensive blueline. Either way, there was stalling out on the ice and looked nothing like the NHL we’ve grown to watch and love.
This is what it looks like when a prevent defense meets a four corners offense. Snoozefest.
Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Is this something the league needs to step in and deal with immediately? Should the Flyers be forced to move the puck or should the Lightning be forced to move out of their defensive system?
Rookie Adam Henrique showed that he has as flair for the dramatic as he scored the go-ahead goal with only 3:19 left in the Devils 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The thriving first-year player pulled the puck from scrum in the corner, raced behind the net, and beat Cam Ward to the post on a sweet wraparound goal. With his third goal and seventh point, Henrique is proving that he fits right in at the NHL level.
In the middle of a scrap between Wild forward Nick Johnson and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, Johnson was called for a 5-minute major for headbutting and received a 10-minute game-misconduct for “intent to injure.” There’s no question that headbutting has no place in the NHL or anywhere else in hockey. Just ask Patrick Kaleta.
What about a play where it’s not as clear? It’s clear that Iginla thinks that Johnson delivered an intentional headbutt, but others weren’t as sure when they saw the replay. What do you think? Do you think Johnson knew what he was doing and deliberately led with the top of his head, or do you think it was just an accident between two players in the midst of a fight?
Something to keep in mind: if true, Johnson was delivering a headbutt without a helmet to a guy who was still wearing his helmet and visor. Let us know in the comments if you think Johnson deserved 20 minutes worth of penalties. Without further adieu, here’s the video of the fight and alleged event: