That’s former former Florida Panther Nathan Horton lying on the ice after a crushing hit by Vancouver’s Aaron Rome. The play occurred just a few seconds after Horton passed the puck and Rome was standing at the blue line almost waiting for Nate and placed his shoulder firmly into Horton. Clearly a rule 48 play for blind side hits, and Horton was in a vulnerable position on the play. The video to this is below in the link section, so you can watch it again and again for yourself. Now let me get one thing perfectly clear before I say anymore. I love hard hitting and physical play in hockey. This play was not a good play, and was not a hockey play. The puck was long gone and Rome needs to be a lot smarter (hard if your a tool like him) and let up. This is exactly the type of hit that the NHL wants out of the game. Vancouver continues to play like a bunch of punks, and for me they are ruining the definition of potential Stanley Cup Champ. Their stupid, yes stupid antics night after night, doesn’t show me that they have more talent than any of the teams they have played to this point. Their behavior erases everything and anything positive about their game. That their head coach Alain Vigneault comments that the hit is not suspendable says it all. If the shoe was on the other foot, Vancouver would be screaming like the brats that they are. Shameful way to march to a victory. But I guess we have to consider the source. Hopefully this incident can energize the Bruins to recover enough from being down two games to none.
The Florida Panthers announced yesterday a new re-branding program for the upcoming season. “We See Red” will now be the term that is used around these parts. Which is a heck of a lot better than last year’s “We Came To Play”, which on many night’s they really didn’t….. especially late in the year, or in the waning moments of some games…. Take a look at the team’s website for the official announcement and more in depth details. This new campaign will now signify the teams passion, aggressiveness, new blood and commitment to winning. This time we mean it! Also, it will coincide with the home sweater color returning to it’s original red, instead of the Blue that has been worn the past few seasons. Make sure you watch the video as you’ll notice those ridiculous blue third sweaters turn red at the end of the clip. I can only hope that we have seen the last of those god awful looking things. No offence to anyone who spent their hard earned cash on those sweaters, but they remind me of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ thirds. And as you know, anything reminding me of them is not a good thing.
When the new slogan was announced a bunch of thoughts began to run through my little brain. Don’t worry, my head didn’t explode, but here’s a handful of some of the things that would cause me to see red:
* If Erik Gudbranson isn’t signed, I’m going to see red!
* If we draft a defenceman with the third pick in this year’s draft, I’m going to see red!
* If Stephen Weiss is named Captain, I’m going to see red!
* Whoever is the Stanley Cup Champion this year, I will be seeing red!
* If for some reason Roberto Luongo wins the Conn Smythe Trophy I’ll be seeing red! Although after last night, that talk was was just wild imagination.
* The thought of any of the Ex-Florida Panthers winning the Cup will cause me to see red!
I know there was a game three last night and you’re probably wondering where my analysis and or quick, poor tasting and sarcastic humor is. I’ve decided to save it for another time. I know that just breaks your heart. Here’s a few links for you:
The Canucks continue to show their immaturity as Max Lapierre mocked the finger biting incident in game two. ESPN Boston.
Here’s the horrible hit from last night on Nathan Horton by Aaron Rome of Vancouver. Disgusting. This crap must stop.
Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts. Good stuff on Zdeno Chara.
Kirk Muller could be a good fit as the new guy in Dallas. Defending Big D tells us why.
The grading of Alexander Semin, othewise known as the Sasha Index. Russian Machine Never Breaks.
The top 10 Atlanta Thrashers of all time. Alexander Monaghan.
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