Re: Kadri steamrolls Backstrom
posted at 11/13/2013 11:42 PM EST
shupe, here's the reason I think it's ridiculous to say Lucic intended to run Miller the way Kadri ran Backstrom. Disagree all you want, but if these things aren't true, then Ryan Miller wouldn't have had a mild concussion - he'd have been a fine red mist.
1. The Puck. Lucic and Miller are converging on the puck in the circle. It's a race to the puck, and if you look at Lucic's face and eyes as he loses the puck at the blueline, he has no idea Miller had decided to risk coming out until he's right on top of him.
2. Spot on the ice. Call it a joke if you want, but a goalie is sacrosanct in the crease. He's never fair game (which I will always say is a mistake if you want to keep goalies in the goal), but the rules are less religious about how much protection you give a goalie outside the crease. If you want to use the football analogy, the protection of quarterbacks is based on the fact that, to do that job, you have to put yourself in a vulnerable position. No way around it. Same with a goalie in the crease. Can't go into the butterfly and not got injured if guys can "accidentally" fall on your legs every two minutes.
3. Lucic minimizes the contact. You see his arms go up and it looks bad, but Lucic pivots around Miller rather than go right through him. Huge difference. In fact, if #4 doesn't happen, there may be no real contact.
4. Miller tries to lean into Lucic to interfere with his ability to retrieve the puck while Miller's on a walkabout. Miller plays the puck to the wall and then stupidly puts the back of his arm up into Lucic's chest like he's going to slow him down. That's when Lucic does the only thing he could really be blamed for - he fends off Miller with his arms. Miller weighs as much as a dry leaf, so he goes cartwheeling.
5. Watch the way Miller goes down. He's not flattened. He gets spun out - enough to help him take a wild swing at Lucic with this stick.
6. The handling of incidental contact. Guys get a penalty for goalie interference if they contact the goalie; the get nothing if the contact is "incidental" because they were directed in by the D etc. In Kadri's case, there's no mitigating factor - he just walks over and blows up Backstrom. Even Tootoo had the puck at one point.