Playoff Thoughts: Breaking a few Eggs to make an Omelette

Lucic

Milan Lucic is one of the most unique players in the NHL. His combination of skill, size and absolute nastiness are hard to find. He is the type of player that really affects a lineup. He gives attitude and confidence to every one of his teammates. As a coach or GM I would welcome him on my team anytime.

The other night during the Bruins first round match up with the Red Wings, Lucic had an incident with Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser. The common word used to describe the incident was “spearing”. I don’t think it was a spear. To me a spear is when you use the top of your stick like a knife. You poke it right at another player’s body to cause pain. 

Lucic used the shaft of his stick, not to the blade. This was not a spearing situation. So it falls into a grey zone. I would probably describe it as a slash.

He was fined 5k for this slash. Twitter was all up in arms about the lack of suspension. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Suspension for a slash?

It was a dirty play. That is for sure. Spearing happens more than many fans know or realize. I would have hated to get speared when I was playing. I don’t remember getting speared but if I had been there would have been no doubt I would have retaliated very aggressively. I believe that dirty plays should be met with a dirty reply. I know that “An eye for an eye makes the world blind;” doesn’t matter to me when we are talking NHL hockey (notice I said NHL hockey, these guys are professionals, not ten years old playing in Tim Bit jerseys).

That all being said there is no way this should have been more than a fine. A spear looks bad, very bad but doesn’t even register as close to the dirty hits I dislike so much.

Hawks defenceman Brent Seabrook absolutely hammered St. Louis Blues captain David Backes. For this he gets suspended three games: 

Now would you rather be slashed by Lucic or run over like that when the puck isn’t even around you?

These types of plays are the ones that cause short and long term damage to NHL players. Look at Backes… he really has lost the ability stand up after the hit. I will be very surprised if this wasn’t a concussion. Very scary stuff.

It is time for everyone to get some perspective when evaluating these types of plays.

Kings vs. Sharks

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Man do the Sharks look fast or is it that the Kings look slow? I think the Sharks look very fast. Many of the D for the Kings are a step behind trying to control these Sharks on the attack. I think for the next game there will be an adjustment made by Sutter to take some of the pressure off.

It will be the old HIGH AND HARD OFF THE GLASS. He will ask his D to get back there as fast as possible and just rifle it off the glass into the neutral zone. This will frustrate the Sharks forwards and hopefully back them off.

Nice to see both Raffi Torres and Mike Brown playing well for the Sharks. I never liked the trade of Brown to the Sharks. Why could one of the top teams in the NHL find a home for him and not the Oilers? He would look just fine on the Oilers fourth line alongside Hendricks and Gordon. He brings speed, can kill penalties and a hard edge.

Lightning vs. Habs

If I watch NHL hockey till I die I will never be able to understand the goalie interference calls that are made.:

Why is this not a goal? I think that Price actually pushes off on Kilhorn after Kilhorn is pushed into Price. This one counts as a goal for me all day long. The truth is it doesn’t really matter. Without Bishop the Bolts never really had a fighting chance.

  • OilClog

    If that was Struds getting decapitated this article would be entirely different.

    I ask my friends, all of them would rather receive a thunderous check, over a Lucic “hook”

    Maybe you don’t Struds, but the rest of man kind cherishes their “boys”

  • PlayDirty

    Lucic is my favorite player in the NHL. It’s a dirty move. I’ve had it happen to me and I’ve done it. Sometimes things go that way.

    I told my 9 year old it’s a dirty move and if I saw him do it to anyone, he would not be playing for a while. It’s not up to anyone else to teach my kid right from wrong.

  • Rocknrolla

    The saddest thing about talking about Lucic, is that his draft pick was actually the oilers property.

    2006 2nd rounder ++ for Samsonov.

    Proof that drafting is one of the most important things in the game.

    We coulda had this guy! Keep the picks, use picks wisely, develop said picks.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      True, the pick was ours…. but do you really think that our group of scouts would have really picked Lucic?

      NOPE.

      They would have drafted Pouliot v2.0 or some other skilled player under 5’9″

      Since we cant draft (outside of 1st overall, and even that is a stretch), and we refuse to bring in the people that can, we might as well trade every pick we can for established talant.

      Otherwise, this trainwreck of an organization will only get worse and worse and worse.

      FML i hate being an Oilers fan.

  • Rick Stroppel

    Total points:
    I watched a Dman in his 21 year old season face the other teams best with 4th line help and get 2.01 EVGA/60

    The choices with Better EVGA

    Hamilton 1st comp 1st team 1.27 EVGA/60

    Michalek 1st comp 1st team 1.58 EVGA/60

    Lovejoy 1st comp 4th team 1.62 EVGA/60

    CHara 1st comp 1st team 1.69 EVGA/60

    Muzzin 1st comp 1st team 1.69 EVGA/60

    Suter 1st comp 1st team 1.74 Evga/60

    Deykeyser 1st comp 3rd team 1.77 evga/60

    Gorges 1st comp 3rd team 1.80 EVGA/60

    Vlasic 1st comp 1st team 1.80 EVGA/60

    Doughty 1st comp 2nd team 1.87 EVGA/60

    Yemelin 1st comp 1st team 1.91 EVGA/60

    Braun 1st comp 1st team 1.98 EVGA/60

    Oduya 1st comp 4th team 1.99 EVGA/60

    you will notice most had 1st teamates.

    Only Lovejoy; Deykeyser; Gorges; Oduya had 3rd or 4th linemates.

    Marincin?

    One of the best tough comp EVGA in the Game!

    Marincin!

    LMAO!

    MacT said he would not do Stupid trades!
    Touching the Core!

  • Rocknrolla

    I love the class here Oilers fans, Seabrook puts his shoulder (and straightens out to do so) into Backes head but yet it is Karma, remind me how many times he has been suspended compared to say Taylor Hall but lets talk about karma.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Lucic is the Jason Giambi of hockey. Way over paid and over rated. Selfish players take risks of putting their teams down a man for 5 min intent to injure penalties.

    He’s the beneficiary of being on a good team at the right time. Edmonton is still nowhere near the playoffs with his kind here.