Sometimes the 82-game regular season can produce games that just blend into one another. Other times, there are games like the Lightning’s 2-1 overtime win that have everything from chess-like strategy to OT game winners. On Tuesday night, there may not have been fireworks on the scoreboard, but Steve Downie and Braydon Coburn did their best to light up the crowd for a few minutes.
It’s been a busy day for Coburn. This morning he signed a 4-year contract extension with the Flyers. Then he was asked to hold the puck and just stand in his own zone while the Lightning waited in the neutral zone. Finally, he dropped the gloves, helmet, and visor as he danced with Lightning pest Steve Downie. At what point did Downie start questioning his decision to fight a man that is six inches taller and 30 pounds heavier?
The only way this could have been a fair fight is if it were Aaron Downey.
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:
Video: Tanner Glass and Cody McCormick throw fists
Sometimes when NHL players square off, they take a little time to size up their opponent in hopes of landing that one big, knockout punch. That wasn’t the case tonight when Jets forward Tanner Glass and Sabres pugilist Cody McCormick dropped the mitts. They had one thing on their mind and it wasn’t about protecting their respective faces. The only things that need the ice bags more than their faces are their fists from landing connecting with so many punches.
Either way, their loss is our gain. Check out the great fight here (courtesy of HockeyFights.com):