Swiss MissLatvia and Switzerland were playing at the IIHF World Championship on Tuesday, and it appeared that Switzerland would move on with a 3-2 lead late in the game. Latvia, however, pulled their goaltender to try and gain the advantage with the extra attacker, and then this happened.
That miss lines up nicely right beside Patrik Stefan's miss against the Oilers. The only reason it isn't as bad is because the guy passing the puck passed it way further ahead than he should have. I get that people applaud a player giving up an easy goal so a teammate could score, but the entire goal of the empty net goal is to score a goal to ice the game.
Thankfully for Switzerland, they did prevail by the 3-2 score, but that miss on the empty net simply cannot happen in a major championship.
I'll Handle ThisA week ago, Brian Gibbons was toiling on the fourth line for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He's a solid centerman who wins face-offs and hustles on every shift. With the Penguins eliminated, he was returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL. The Penguins were facing off against the Providence Bruins tonight in Game Seven, and Gibbons decided to put the team on his back in scoring the Penguins' fourth goal.
That was pretty impressive from a guy who was plugged into the NHL Penguins' fourth line all year. I'm not saying that Dan Bylsma made a mistake with Gibbons, but it appears he has a pile of offensive talent that wasn't even tapped this season if he's pulling off moves like that in a Game Seven. Beauty work by Brian Gibbons. That video belongs on his hockey resumé.
A couple of quick videos for tonight should get you on your way. Just as a reminder, The Hockey Show on 101.5 UMFM and www.umfm.com welcomes NHL and New York Rangers legend Ted Irvine to the studio tomorrow night! Tune in at 5:30pm CT for all the fun as we sit down with one of the toughest men in the expansion era to hear his take on the hockey world!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!