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This is a really sweet moment.

Whoever made the sign also needs some grammar lessons.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs worst 1st round pick
« Last post by Highlander on Today at 11:11:45 AM »
Luca had heart problems of some sort, he is still a legend in Switzerland.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Frederik Andersen
« Last post by Highlander on Today at 11:10:25 AM »
Great save just before Willie scored, excellent game.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by herman on Today at 11:08:40 AM »
The only defense Gudas has compared to Keith and Nyqvist is his swinging motion can be argued to be untargeted. Both Keith and Nyqvist were clearly swinging their sticks (upwards) in anger in the direction of the recipient player's head.

Gudas' in real time, looks like someone off balance trying to re-centre himself. I think it's pretty clear he intentionally whacked Perrault, but I don't think he intended to hit him in the neck or head. His eyes are on the play ahead and he wanted to get his stick down. My theory is that he decided to just bring it down hard to the ice, in case Perrault was still tangled up there, like on a leg, and not, as the slow motion replay suggests, that Perrault abandoned his post with the Night's Watch. If he really wanted to cut his head off, there'd have been more follow through and aiming.

Should still throw the book at him though. Intent doesn't matter as much if the behaviour is still reckless and dangerous.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by Frank E on Today at 11:03:38 AM »
I get that they don't suspend the reckless stuff as much, given that there is often no specific intent to injure.  It's often just a guy doing something dangerously stupid/careless that could have, or may have, resulted in an injury.

But on the Gudas play on Perreault, it's obvious he's slashing him in the head in's specifically done with an intent to forcefully hit him in the head with his stick.

This is the kind of stuff that would force my hand, if I were Parros, to throw the book at the guy...especially given his history.
I need a gif machine.

You need more than that...I honestly fell asleep on the couch in the middle of the second.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by CarltonTheBear on Today at 10:35:38 AM »
This was the Keith/Coyle incident:

Interestingly enough, Paros said that those types of incidents are exactly what he'd be looking to be tougher on:

And here's the Nyquist play that he brought up as well:

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« Last post by CarltonTheBear on Today at 10:32:15 AM »
Yeah, this'll be the DOPS's first big test this season. Reminds of of Keith's suspension last year where he did something similar although it was the other way around (Keith was on the ground and slashed a guy in the face who was standing). He got 6 games, and one of those was a playoff game. Generally speaking most people feel 1 playoff game suspension = 2 regular season games so think of it as a 7-game suspension. This would have to be minimum 6 games I'd think. You can't use your stick as a weapon. That's a huge no-no.
Nylander had that great pass to Rielly, a would’ve been good pass to Matthews if he was there, a strong backcheck, and then danced into his office with zero gas left to sling a fadeaway wrister on a sliding Schneider, all in one shift.
Kinda funny Hall basically left Nylander alone but I think he mightve been playing a potential pass to Gardiner.

It’s only fair after Nylander also gave Hall a free pass just before.

Good lord, that was awful.  Nylander let him walk right in.

While looking particularly egregious in isolation, it's not like anyone else was stopping Hall last night (other than Andersen). It was also a really good play by the Devils catching the Leafs tired.

Full OT
- Shift starts at 8:36 for Kadri - Nylander - Rielly
- Kadri strips Hall after he had taken the scramble off the draw and springs Nylander, who hits Rielly with a lead pass for a breakway (8:47)
- Nylander comes all the way back from the NJ goal line to break up Zajac's centering pass (8:57)
- Nylander tracks Moore back to the blueline and follows his man properly.
- (9:03) Moore smartly skates it into Kadri's coverage before bumping to the strong side as he knows his side is changing.
- Kadri starts to tail Moore after releasing Hall at the blueline, but Nylander doesn't fully handoff Moore to shade the sneaking Hall (Hall is really good at this). At this point, the Leafs are already 30 seconds into their shift and trapped.
- Palmieri sends a nice pass through Rielly's coverage (he's also gassed) at 9:04.
- This looks like a knob save by Andersen on Hall.

- Watch Hall deliberately dance through Rielly and Nylander's cross over coverage to get open at 9:20 when Palmieri circles at the blue line. Hall is ridiculously good at getting open. This is also clearly something Hynes has coached his team to do (forcing accidental picks).
- Palmieri elects to take the low percentage shot hoping for the rebound to Hall, but Andersen smartly kicks it out off the boards (9:21)
- Rielly still has the wherewithal to position himself high to shield the puck off the boards (9:22) and spring Nylander
- 9:24 and Nylander is now 48 seconds into his shift and busting his hump down the ice
- This 9:27 spin-o-rama centering pass that no one expects would have been a beautiful Matthews goal if he had been on the ice, but Rielly was changing and Kadri was still labouring up the ice. Three more strides and Kadri could've had it.
- Instead, Kadri picks up the errant pass and cycles behind the net with Nylander
- 9:32 Nylander wanders into the middle of the ice passing by Hall, who bit hard on Nylander's head fake towards Gardiner coming in down the wing, and elected to shade the defenseman instead (see the replay at 10:22)
- 9:34 Palmieri is clearly unfamiliar with Nylander and so he gives him several extra feet of space in coverage, also thinking he might pass to Gardiner
- Nylander buries a quick wrister past Schneider's left pad as he was cheating blocker side and got caught with the puck reversing on his movement when Nylander turned his hands. Hard to see from the back of his head, but it looked like Nylander was eying high blocker corner and let it fly low glove.

I need a gif machine.
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