Thursday, March 26, 2009
But last night, during the Sabres thrilling 5-3 comeback victory over those pesky Florida Panthers, there were some definite questionable shenanigans. Let's set up the background, shall we. The Panthers had taken the lead 3-1 early in the 3rd period on a Mike Frolik goal, however in the span of just 2 minutes 7 seconds, the Sabres held a 4-3 lead.
With less than a minute left, Max Afinogenov, for the first time in 4 years, was on the ice, stole the puck and took off down the side wall. He lets go the open netter, game iced. 5-3. Brawl ensues. Video ensues.
Now as you watch there in that clip, Keith Ballard doesn't dive to try to stop the shot (he was definitely not real worried about Max actually getting that puck), no, he turns on edge and heads straight for Afinogenov. Nate Horton jobs him from behind too. Yeah, hands to the face, etc. etc.
So once Max gets up and realizes no one wants to celebrate with him, he joins the fray. Things got ugly. Rivet gives Ballard an endless supply of noogies and we're all happy campers.
Obviously the Panthers were pretty frustrated, 4 unanswered goals, fighting for their playoff lives, letting Max score on them...but is that warranted? The last time you saw an empty netter, is that how the opposing team reacted?
Was that dirty? Unnecessary? Non-topic? Vance fishing for topics to write about?