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You may have noted the so-called treatment Chicago captain is receiving in the corporate media today. Seems the captain had the gall to suggest that a female reporter didn’t squat about hockey.


“Oh, no. I don’t think there was,” Keith said when asked if a penalty went undetected. “I think he scored a nice goal, and that’s what the ref saw. Maybe we should get you as a ref maybe, hey?”

Thomson responded with “Yeah, maybe. Can’t skate though,” to which Keith said, “First female referee – You can’t probably play either, right? But you’re thinking the game, like you know it? See ya.”

The headlines vary but are generally “Blackhawks’ Keith taking heat over comments to reporter.” Why not, “Reporter shows incompetence and lack of subject knowledge asking incredibly stupid question.”

Look at the play. It’s obvious Keith was looking to draw a penalty and take away a scoring opportunity. It wasn’t a viscous two-handed slash. The ref let it go after Sedin scored.

I’m wondering why a reporter allegedly qualified to cover the NHL doesn’t know the basics of the game.

Hockey Buzz blogger Matthew Barry, once began a conversation with then L.A. Kings GM Dave Taylor, “I don’t think…” Taylor about fell over laughing, looked the Hockey Buzz blogger in the eye and mocked, ‘You don’t think?”

Fact is, Barry and Thomson got exactly what they deserved when they put themselves on equal footing with professionals.

The single most important life lessons I learned at the rink are humility, respect and some awareness of what I don’t know.

If you never want to be shot down by an expert, show some respect and don’t ask stupid questions.

Karen Thomson to her credit issued a statement that she has moved on from the event. At the time Barry used his blog platform to post a rant about why Dave Taylor needed to respect his vast knowledge of the game.

The moral here is that there’s hope for Thomson.

As we might expect corporate media forms a circle to protect one of its own:

  1. Anytime an NHL player uses the “you haven’t played the game” card, the only response should be “and you haven’t written about the game”.

@Proteautype Journalism is the only endeavor where people who don’t know anything get to write about it.

Vancouver followed up getting blown out in their home opener with a SO loss to the Oilers and SO win over Calgary. The Nucks second line is decimated while anchor Ryan Kesler is out indefinitely and winger David Booth will be nursing a pulled groin for the next four to six weeks.
With those injuries impacting the Canucks secondary scoring the D has stepped as Alexander Edler (2) and Dan Hamhuis (1) have three of Vancouver’s seven goals. Zack Kassian, acquired from Buffalo last season for Cody Hodgson, has two.

In the first three games of the season the issue in Vancouver isn’t secondary scoring. Daniel Sedin has one goal while brother Henrik and Alex Burrows have yet to score. The strategy to beating the Nucks remains the same. Stop the Sedins.

While Coach Boudreau tell us fans he likes to roll four lines the thing he doesn’t say is how he uses the D to match up against the opposition’s best forwards. Every coach, from house league Mites to the NHL, matches D against opposition forwards. Gabby has two ways of matching up from the D. The pair of Beauchemin/Lydman or Bryan Allen.
On the other bench, Vigneault will be trying to get the Sedins over the boards against Sbisa/Souray. Forget rolling the lines, this is the real cat and mouse game between the respective brain trusts.

Look for Beauchemin/Lydman to take the assignment, along with the KCW line, at least to start against the Sedin Line.

The tendency between these two teams is lots of scoring. In eight of the last games against Vancouver Ducks have scored 4 or more goals. A caution to bettors, past performance is no guaranty of future results, and Cory Schneider is particularly motivated to the shut down our Ducks after giving up 5 goals last weekend.

The teams won’t play the rubber game until April 25.

The other roster intrigue will be who centers Selanne and Ryan, Bonino or Rakell.

Per it would appear that Bones is getting the start with Rakell a healthy scratch. Holland will center Matt Beleskey and Devante Smith-Pelly. Lest Bonino get too comfortable Coach had this to say about Peter Holland:

“We’d love to see what his compete level is. I’d like to see a solid game from him. And if someone in the top-three centers goes out, he’s a guy that can easily replace them with his offensive ability.”

Ryan Getzlaf was excused from the morning skate. Rakell took the Captain’s spot in the line drills.

Ducks second and fourth line roster spots are fluid.  A decision will need to be made on Rakell fairly quickly. The young Swede is up with our Ducks for five games before a decision must be made on whether to keep him or return him to Junior.

Ducks & Nucks played an even first period. Ducks took the first lead as newcomer Daniel Winnick opened the scoring. About seven or so minutes into the first period the Nucks started sending two players to the Ducks net. It paid off a couple of minutes later when Dan Hamhuis sent a blast from the point that Jonas Hiller never saw. Daniel Sedin took the lead at 11:23 when Daniel Sedin picked up some loose change in the low slot and went far side against a diving Hiller. That was the high point for Vancouver.

Ducks tied it up at 15:23 of the first when Teemu Selanne beat one of hockey’s best, Manny Malhotra on a face off and pushed the biscuit to Sheldon Souray who sent a blast through Schneider. Ducks had a 14-10 lead on face offs in the first.

Dan Winnick again opened the scoring in the second frame. It was beautiful tic tac toe play from Cogliano to Koivu to Winnick.

Two of our Ducks four new guys, Winnick and Souray had accounted for all of the scoring. Ducks best players stepped up and took over from there on out.

Corey Perry put our Ducks up by two when he picked up some loose change in front of Schneider. Kyle Palmieri put our Ducks up by 3 just 11 seconds later when he one-timed a Ryan Getzlaf setup for his 1st of the year. Getzlaf then setup Teemu Selanne on a cross ice pass after the lane opened when Nucks D Kevin Bieksa lost his stick.

Alexander Edler replied for Vancouver. Flash closed out the scoring with a wrist shot from about 20 feet that beat Roberto Loungo cleanly. Loung had replaced Schneider after the Ducks fifth goal.

Selanne’s four point night put on pace to rack up 192 points on the season.

Both teams played sloppily in their own end at times. The difference in this game was Jonas Hiller made some key saves at key times. Toni Lydman was brilliant breaking up 3 different Vancouver opportunities, one of which looked like a 3 on 1. he also led our Ducks D with 3 blocked shots on the night.

Ducks special teams were successful going 3 for 3 on the PP and 50% on the PK. The checking line of Koivu-Cogliano-Winnick outscored the Sedins 3-1. Our guys dominated the face off circle as Teemu took 4 of 6, Koivu 16 of 27 for 59% and Ryan Getzlaf won 54% of his face offs.

In post game interviews two goal scorer Dan Winnick gave credit to Coach Boudreau’s plan to roll four lines. Winnick said that everybody seemed fresher when they were called upon. Teemu Selanne said he felt good after his first game in nine months.

Notes: Ducks played without Cam Fowler who picked up that flu bug making its way  throughout the Southland. Ducks pressed 7th D-man Jordan Hendry into service. Vancouver is without two-thirds of its second line as Ryan Kesler and David Booth were unable to go.
Ricard Rakell centered the 4th line with Devante Smith-Pelly and Matt Beleskey on the wings. Ducks can keep Rakell up for five games before they have to decide whether to keep on the roster for the season. In a full NHL season Rickard could have been given a 10 game look. Overall he played well though the 4th line did get hemmed up in their own zone and got caught out there against the Sedin line a couple of times.
Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were healthy scratches.

Ducks are off to Calgary for game against the Flames Monday.

Following the lockout we got a new NHL. The league determined to get more offense it would impose strict guidelines on interference and at least try to eliminate the pick. The Ref still has to see it. They took out the two-line pass making the stretch pass or what old school guys like myself mock as cherry picking. All in an attempt to open up the game and promote offense. Haha, eh.

As we’ve witnessed throughout sport, defenses adapt and choke off offense. Crash and bash old school hockey is back. (more…)