Posts Tagged ‘goalie’

That’s right.  He can’t die.

19 years after this happened… (Ed Note: If you don’t like to see blood, I suggest you watch)

Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin with a .22 caliber rifle.  According to his wife, he had been hunting rabbits when he placed the butt of the gun on the ground between his legs and the gun discharged.

He is recovering from his injury at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Here are some theories:

  • Clint Malarchuk is the Terminator
  • Clint Malarchuk is the Highlander
    • As Steve Tuttle came careening at the net he can be heard screaming “THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!”
  • Clint Malarchuk is a hero
    • His power is that no matter how many neck injuries he sustains he will never die.
  • Clint Malarchuk is actually Chuck Norris

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Long time reader and friend Melanie snapped this picture near Washington Square Park this afternoon.  It looks like they are recording more stuff with that guy that works at the hotel and got free tickets a couple seasons ago for wearing that stuff for a whole day.  Or something like that.  Anyway, check it out:

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Ok, so that’s not an exact quote. But in all seriousness, the Penguins coach just won’t stop complaining. Earlier in the series he was complaining about the Rangers raising the issue of Sidney Crosby’s alleged diving. Yesterday, Therrien felt the need to complain about the Rangers getting too close to Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He said:

“They tried to put pressure on Marc-Andre, they tried to get in the crease, and we discussed it with the referees; they’re not supposed to stand there and if there’s a goal, it’s not a goal. . . . It’s tough to give penalties if they’re really close to the crease, but if Fleury’s in the crease and he can’t play the puck, it’s no goal. This is what the referees told us. . . . I noticed what Shanahan did. Guys with experience, they try to find that line, and I addressed it with the referees. They were saying that they were going to pay attention, there’s no doubt, you can’t obstruct the goalies.”

The Devils complained about the Rangers crashing the net on Brodeur, and the response from the Rangers (and the refs) was “That’s hockey.” They aren’t breaking any rules, and last time I checked it was still okay to screen the goalie (at least if your back is to him). The Shanahan play in the 1st period that Therrien referred to looked to me like a pretty standard screen in front of the goalie. But Therrien said he spoke to the refs between the 1st and 2nd periods about it and they assured him that if the Rangers were interfering with Fleury during a goal, it would be disallowed.

If the Penguins had their way, the NHL would go back to the 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs where virtually every goal was reviewed to see if 1 inch of a player’s skate was in the crease.

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According to John Dellapina over at the Daily News, the Rangers have signed #1 goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a 6-year deal for somewhere in the neighborhood of $39 million.

Lately, the Swede’s play on the ice has been streaky. Since December, he has been giving up goals that he used to save, giving up juicy rebounds, and generally just not playing like the goalie we’ve all come to know and love. Despite his less than stellar play, we should note that without Lundqvist, the Rangers (who are at least in a position to make the playoffs) would probably be back where they were in 2004 – looking up from the bottom of the standings.

It’s possible that Lundqvist’s play can be excused by considering the weighty off-ice issues that might be on his mind. From the uncertainty about his future here in New York to the health of his father, Lundqvist has had a lot to deal with this season. Though he insists that his father’s surgery was not a valid excuse for his recent play, it had to have been wearing on him.

But now his father is on the road to recovery and he has a long term deal in place. Hopefully, this new job security will enable Lundqvist to pick up his play (and pick up the Rangers) for the last 2 and a half months of the season.

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