Thursday, January 13, 2011
Pens get payback, such as it is
If ever there was an NHL game that you might actually hope would go to a shootout, it was last night's second meeting in a week between the Canadiens and the Penguins at the Bell Center, where Montreal goaltender Carey Price ran afoul of Pittsburgh pride by striking a pose after making the decisive save in a shootout win for the Canadiens last Thursday.
Well, the Penguins got their pound of flesh in regulation time, shelling Price for 5 goals on 36 shots after making it clear in pre-game interviews that they weren't impressed with Price's folded arms gesture last week - a move Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury emulated at the end of last night's game.
You would think the Penguins would be more concerned with losing Sidney Crosby indefinitely to a cheap shot from Washington's David Steckel, but you'd be wrong. For one night, at least, they were more preoccupied with hurt feelings than they were with their superstar captain's ongoing concussion issues.
So, why is it that a skater can celebrate a goal with a fist pump while dragging one knee on the ice, but a goaltender celebrating a game-winning save is seen as violating some sort of sacred code? Price was just having a little fun in the shootout, and it's not as if he skated past the Pittsburgh bench and said "nanner-nanner-nah-nah" with his thumbs in his ears while sticking out his tongue.
Hockey people really need to get over themselves when it comes to their so-called codes. It's a game. Games are supposed to be fun.