Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hockey: It's Not Baseball

As the title of this article suggests, hockey is not baseball. I get that things like hand passes occur in the NHL, but throwing the puck in any way, shape, or form is strictly forbidden. David Legwand of the Nashville Predators didn't seem to observe this clearly-defined rule in tonight's Nashville-Phoenix game, and the Hockey Gods punished his team for trying to toss the rules, and the puck, aside.

Here is the video of the Radim Vrbata goal for Phoenix that came directly from the hand of David Legwand. Keep your eye on the puck, and watch how it ends up in front of the net.
Did you "catch" that? David Legwand did. And by "that", I mean the puck. Once he caught it, he had to get rid of it, so it appeared he tried to toss the puck over the net towards the boards, but he came up significantly short on his throw as Vrbata picked up the loose puck near the net and buried a key goal in tonight's game.

Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal also scored for the Coyotes as they take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 5-3 victory. Nashville will return home for the next two games, and there's a famous adage in the playoffs that says you're not in trouble until you lose a game at home. Here's hoping that Nashville can find a way to win on home ice to keep this entertaining series going.

And if David Legwand is reading this, just toss the puck to the corner behind you next time. That was a brutal toss that resulted in bad things for the Predators.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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