#LUON8O

"If ever there was a time for a good ol’ fashioned comeback this would be it. Win G3 for heavens sakes Boston you owe it to humanity." – Baron von Wanye von Gretzelstein IV, CMA , yesterday.

What a wonderful turn of events. Bigups to @NHL_imagineer for another great pic. This guy brings it almost as hard as the Bruins did last night.

GAME PLAY

There is already acres of digital print devoted to the Canucks collapse in G3 last night and there will be acres more made before the puck drops again tomorrow. Sure, we could talk about how Luongo should have been pulled earlier in the game or about how losing a defenceman so early in the match essentially effed the Canucks into a fifth game.

OR we could watch this video of some girl absolutely ruining the Stanley Cup Finals for her boyfriend last year.

Yes, let’s leave the commentary to the experts and the quasi related MTV comedy shorts to your ol’ pal Wanye.

ROME v HORTON

That hit was crazy late and anyone who says that it isn’t doesn’t understand the terms ‘crazy’ or ‘late.’ We can understand the value of throwing a big hit if you are a Canuck D-Man but this is roughly example 1,457,923 of headshots that need to be taken out of the game.

Horton is out for the rest of the series and Rome now has a 4 game suspension.

Great.

EBERLE PLAY OF THE YEAR

Jordan Eberle is in the finals for the TSN play of the year with his heart stopping snipe against the Flames in the first game of the year. A goal so stupendous that it caused a bright eyed Wanye to run from his season screaming and purchase an Eberle jersey on the spot.

This sort of play deserves the full vote rigging attention of the Nation. If you have time speed over to TSN and vote for the good guy will ya?

  • justDOit

    Anyone seen a new NFL helmet lately? Watching the back of Horton’s head bounce so violently off the ice, I can’t help but wonder why NHL helmets are basically the same as they were in the 90s.

    Clearly the game has changed, and the players are bigger/faster than ever – but they still wear these thin plastic buckets, lined with one layer of hard foam.

    I guess it would look pretty goofy if helmets were any bigger.

  • Little Buttcheeks

    The Rome hit was way late. Sometimes a guy goes to make a hit and the guy passes the puck then he finishes his check. In this case, it looked to me like Rome made up his mind that he was going to crush Horton after he had already gotten rid of the puck.

    How can that not be goal of the year?

  • Mark-LW

    As the camera scans the two benches at the end of the Rome/Horton debacle a revealing contrast is illuminated – the Bruins are glaring at the vancouver bench with volcanic rage, or staring ahead with steely eyed resolve. The ‘nuckleheads are staring at their feet with embarrassment and fear. At that point 8-1 was a foregone conclusion.

  • Wax Man Riley

    This is coming from the guy that defended Chara due to the fact that Pacioretti knew he was heading to the turnbuckle and, what, didn’t expect a 7′ monster to rub him out on the boards?

    Fast, hard, occasionally dangerous. Hockey players have to remember to not turn their backs to the play (as so many seem to do in order to avoid a check or draw a penalty….hate it so much), and to keep their heads up, but also to be aware of what they are about to do to opposiong players.

    This is new to this era. When the players didn’t wear helmets and body armour, they had to watch what they were doing or else… they would get hurt.

    • Wax Man Riley

      I actually think hip checks aren’t legal anymore. Not open ice hip checks anyway. I believe you can still do it along the boards.

      Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Wax Man Riley

    Hypothetical question here, but what would everyone’s reaction be if for instance someone got their stick up to protect themseleves and in doing so, concussed the hitting player?

    For example, if Horton saw Rome coming at the last second and ended up elbowing or butt-ending Rome to protect himself. Would everyone be screaming for a suspension for Horton, even though it was evident that Rome was looking to blow Horton up?

    After seeing Torres flying elbow last night during the few remaining minutes in the game, I thought what can a player do to protect himself from that?

    • Ender

      I don’t know the answer to your question, but it did bring to mind a different theoretical something I’d been musing over; let’s speculate for a second that Horton turns and looks over the blue line after he makes the pass. He’s going to see Rome getting ready to hit him. Who has the momentum at that moment? Rome is almost standing still and Horton is moving almost full speed. So just suppose further that Horton leans forward and lowers his shoulder. Now who gets blown up? Question on the ruling there – I really don’t know – if Rome gets crushed on that same play, is there a charging call on Horton or is it Rome’s own damn fault? In the eyes of the refs, I mean? Could have been a much different outcome there if Horton had glanced up-ice.

      None of that is meant to excuse a late hit. Just pondering alternate universes.

  • Lofty

    @Puckbag

    I’ve seen Owen Nolan do that once… He got his elbow up at the last minute (more to protect himself then to injure the guy) and that’s ok in my opinion.

    But Rome’s hit was blind sided, late, and he left his feet. Horton didn’t have a chance on that one… people have the right to be pissed.

  • Ender

    backburner wrote:

    Rome’s hit was blind sided, late, and he left his feet.

    Just to be clear, you’re 1 for 3 there. The hit was certainly late. Way late. You get a point for that.

    It wasn’t a blindside hit. Rome was right in front of him. In case you want a second opinion;

    Bob McKenzie – TSN wrote:

    It is definitely not a blindside hit as outlined under Rule 48 for the National Hockey league. He was coming through the neutral zone and had released the puck.

    Was he unsuspecting? Absolutely.

    Was he vulnerable? Absolutely.

    But, was it a blindside, Rule 48 infraction? No, it wasn’t.

    He also didn’t leave his feet. Watch the clip. If you see his skates off the ground, then you’re seeing the result of the hit. That happens on 90% of open-ice hits. Leaving your feet, in the bad sense, is defined as jumping off the ice into the hit. That didn’t happen here.

    Rome made a bad play here, but let’s not get carried away with embellishment. It’s bad enough as it is.

  • positivebrontefan

    It was late, way late, don’t give me the excuse that he didnt have time to shift or adjust his line. He made a concious decision to blow up Horton and he did. Yeah Horton should have been watching where he was going and he wasn’t expecting to get hit, that’s because he shouldn’t have been hit that long after the puck left his stick. I am fully behind people who say players need to protect themselves and keep their head on a swivel but that has it’s limitations to. When you go through a green light, at least a light that has been green for a while do you still look both ways before crossing, I’m sure none of us do, however if the light has just turned green you should be looking every time to ensure that there isn’t someone trying to run the red.
    At the end of the day Hortons light was green… for two and a half strides, and then Rome still decided to blow the light.

    And don’t get me started on Torres, he should be suspended for INTENT to injure on that headhunting elbow at the end of the game. Had he connected, and he fully intended to, he would have put another Boston player in the hospital and have been suspended for the rest of the playoffs as well. I liked the guys reckless style but I think he’s gone to far.

  • Ender

    positivebrontefan wrote:

    Yeah Horton should have been watching where he was going and he wasn’t expecting to get hit, that’s because he shouldn’t have been hit that long after the puck left his stick. I am fully behind people who say players need to protect themselves and keep their head on a swivel but that has it’s limitations to. When you go through a green light, at least a light that has been green for a while do you still look both ways before crossing, I’m sure none of us do, however if the light has just turned green you should be looking every time to ensure that there isn’t someone trying to run the red. At the end of the day Hortons light was green… for two and a half strides, and then Rome still decided to blow the light.

    That’s actually a pretty good analogy. Props for presenting it like that. One small difference to add; when you cruise through a green light, you expect the intersection to be clear. If you’re looking anywhere, though, you’re not looking for traffic coming from the sides; you’re looking at the oncoming traffic who also are facing a green light and watching for idiots turning left across your path.

    Guys entering the offensive zone at speed do not have the automatic right-of-way. A defender can stand on the blueline all day if he wants to. It’s not smart and they’ll get beat a lot, but they can be there. An attacking player should always be looking up-ice into the ‘oncoming traffic’ as he crosses the blue line to see if he’s about to skate into something on the way in.

    I completely understand why Horton wasn’t expecting to get blown up, any more than you expect someone to turn left across your path right in front of you as you hit the green intersection at speed. Either way, it’s case of being dead right and paying attention can save your life.

    • Ender

      This hit was the equivalent of someone intentionally turning in front of you as you go through the intersection…

      And then stomping the accelerator so they slam into you as hard as they possibly can, thus inflicting the highest degree of damage possible to you and your vehicle.

      It’s just my opinion – which isn’t worth spit to anyone else but me – but there is no doubt in my mind that Rome achieved the exact outcome he was trying for.

  • Lofty

    Bad hit. Deserved a suspension.

    The thing about Horton’s move is that he made pass, continued to watch pass even as he began to accelerate. It looks like he may have just started to stop admiring his pass just before getting exploded.

    I’ve gotten laid out doing the same thing except the object I ran into wasn’t trying to lay me out.

    So yes. A cheap shot by Rome but a certain amount of responsibility sits with Horton.

    • Ender

      I don’t know what you expect him to do, Lucic is making a play at the blueline and Horton has to know what the big guy is doing.

      If you watch Horton, he scanned right to left before making the pass and didn’t see anyone in a position to hit him.

      After he passes the puck, Rome jumps the gap. Horton has already done his threat assessment and is now following the play.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Felt he deserved one game, and only because it was so late. With Hamhuis doubtful and Rome gone i’d run Bieksa,Salo and Erhoff at every chance and have Vancouver put their AHL’ers out there for games 6 and 7.