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Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:37 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 4:19 am
Patrick Marleau threw down his gloves for the first time in three seasons as the San Jose Sharks forward took on Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Marleau’s seventh fight and first in a postseason game was at a disadvantage against Bieksa, much more experienced in the fisticuffs department. Marleau absorbed a few punches and he would have lost the fight had it been judged, but he held his own overall.

The problem for the Sharks, who were trailing by a goal at the time, it did nothing to spark the team heading into the third period as the Canucks won, 7-3.

“It was a heat-of-the-moment type of thing,” Marleau said. “It happens in hockey. We exchanged hits and decided to drop the gloves. At that point, we were still trying to get things going.”

Instead of sparking a rally, however, it may have unnerved the Sharks.

“I thought maybe at that point we got a little frustrated because we wanted to even the score,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “That was Ben Eager taking a run at one of the Sedins. It probably grew from there a little bit.”

Eager placed a well-placed elbow into the Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin in the closing seconds of the period, resulting in a boarding penalty and possibly a look at the collision by NHL officials in Toronto.

“I turned my back,” Sedin said “I didn't realize he was coming that hard. But it's going to happen in a game. I'm fine. So that's all that matters.”

McLellan said he doesn’t expect a suspension forthcoming.

“Absolutely, 100 percent available for Game 3,” McLellan said. “Didn't see him cross the line at all.”

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek in the wake of a diving penalty in Game 1 called against the Canucks, said “obviously, Danny embellished that.”

The Sharks took 53 minutes of penalties, 42 minutes coming in the third period. Chris Higgins and Sedin scored power play goals in the first eight minutes of the third period for a three-goal margin that all but put the game away.

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 7:43 pm

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

I may be the only person who thinks this but I'm saying it anyway. 

If you took away the elbowing, and it was just a regular bodycheck, I don't think that there should be penalties called on such hits ever. 

I watched the play several times, and know exactly what went down...which is, that after making the pass, Sedin (as he refers to in the article) CLEARLY turns his back to Eager, and purposely positions himself facing the glass/boards. 

Now I played hockey for 35 years...still do in the old man's league...and remember one of the first lessons they teach you in hockey.  Keep your head up, and if you ARE near the boards and know a guy's coming over to hit you, either put your back to the boards and get your stick up...chest help absorb the hit, or alternatively (usually if you have less time), get your arms up so that you can absorb the hit a bit and not get your body thrown into the glass/boards...and most importantly PROTECT YOUR HEAD.

What's happening in today's game - and I have to honestly say that it's quite often done by the non-physical types - is that they PURPOSELY turn their back on the guy, in an effort to force the guy to stop and not finish the check...instead of staying where you were, and taking the hit sideways or doing a defensive positioning as I mentioned above.  To me, that's just a completely unfair move, not to mention very stupid.  Sedin CLEARLY positioned himself that way, which forced Eager to not hit him...

Now, Eager threw the elbow and likely could've stopped, but that's not my point.  My point is that it should be against the rules to INTENTIONALLY POSITION YOURSELF IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IF A CHECK IS INITIATED/FINISHED, IT WOULD BECOME A BOARDING BECAUSE OF YOUR INTENTIONAL MANEUVERING.

It's just become ridiculous.  This in no way absolves the goons of responsibility when they board a player who's genuinely helpless because of the speed of the play, but by allowing players like Sedin to do this, its giving them a free pass to MAKE A PLAY, but not have to pay the price for it.  It's totally changing the game, and I'm surprised nobody talks about it.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:33 pm

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

That says it all. You can't teach stupid.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:11 pm

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

Marleau, a lover not a fighter...

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:02 pm

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

as much as Im a huge advocate of enforcers and fighting in hockey that was garbage stuff there, although Beiksa shouldnt have started that crap with Marleau and that wouldnt have happened. Checks and balances - something sorely missing in todays NHL

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:31 am

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

Eager is comical. In his interview he said he taunted Luongo because he was "happy" he scored. Only a complete idiot would be happy when his team is losing 7-3 in the game, and even worse, 2-0 in the series.
Also, Marleau dropped the gloves first. And Bieksa has become one of the best defencemen in the NHL and clearly one of Canucks most valuable players, so I'm sure AV will tell him no more fights...he is simply too valuable. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:39 am

Marleau fight leads to trouble, not rally

Eager is an idiot.

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