Monday, December 29, 2008

The Game Day Skate for Monday, December 29th

Bullet points for what you missed while having nightmares of going 0-16...
  • Leafs lose at the expense of Ovie and our old friend Theo;
  • Sens lose their 12th straight road game. Read that again. Yegads;
  • After their 8th straight win, B's now tied with the Sharks for most points in the league. After scoring his 14th goal, Michael Ryder now tied with John Leclair for ex-Hab who will come back to haunt;
  • Kazahkstan takes a 15-0 pounding from Canada at the WJHC's.
Habs hit the beaches in Miami tonight. Er, beaches in Sunrise.

8 comments:

gillis said...

is Borat on Kazakhstans team?

That goal differential rule is ridiculous, its disrespectful to run up the score like that.

Number31 said...

After pretty much winning the game in the first period, what are those kids supposed to do for the remaining 40 minutes? Then again, I didn't expect the Kazahks to pull an 0-5 miraculous comeback on Team Canada a la Habs...

Cowboyatheart said...

I don't know, I'd think NOT running up the score would be more disrespectful. Pretty much saying you suck so we're going to take it easy on you.
Also, isn't goal differential one of the tie-breaking mechanism's?

fezworth said...

Correct. In this tournament, goal differential is a tie-breaker. So the coaches tell the players to keep going, and score as many as possible, but not to celebrate after 9 or 10. The players don't feel great about it, but what can you do? Someone else might beat them by 16.

I think Bob Mckenzie has a point in saying that the really disrespectful thing is to have the two extra teams at the tournament. When Germany can beat your team 9-0, you don't belong there.

gillis said...

It's just the fact that they have a rule that says, "score as many as you can" annoys me. And I guess i agree with fezworth, they shouldn't celebrate after scoring half a dozen goals. And the players shouldn't pointed out that they didn't break a sweat. Some of the players were respectful saying that the kazakhs worked really hard and gave it their best, but Pickard said that the most difficult shots he faced were the dump ins, thats disrespectful.

Moey said...

The Sens...how the mighty have fallen, how about trading zombie pleks for Spezza?

fezworth said...

@gillis: With only 10 shots on net, Pickard is almost telling the truth!

In any case, I think basing a tiebreak on goal differential (which leads to the 'score as much as possible' mentality) seems to be a very common thing in international competition. I have a feeling it probably comes out of football leagues, where goal differential is the most important thing. Of course, in FIFA, the goal difference usually isn't more than -3/+3. Personally, I don't think that it translates well to hockey.

Having said that; respect is such a funny word, that seems to mean different things to different people. I've been on the wrong end of a score like that before, and it pissed me off. Personally, I'd rather you played me as hard as you can, all the time, instead of taking it easy on me. If I lose 15-0, I know where I stand. But if you stop playing at 6-0, and just let me skate around, then what's the point? I think that's far less respectful.

fezworth said...

".. been on the wrong end of a score like that before, and it pissed me off."

Should be:

".. been on the wrong end of a score like that before, and when they decided to just dump it in for the 2nd half of the game instead of trying to score, it pissed me off."