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By krstking2 on Jun 26, 2014 07:31 AM
Sticks in the air, a pat on the head and high fives with the bench; are these the only ways you are allowed to celebrate a goal in the NHL? During Thursday nights game between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers forward Artem Anisimov scored a shorthanded goal, turned his stick around and pointed it towards Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon. cheap jerseys . The response from the Lightning was immediate. First, captain Vincent Lecavalier tried to get to Anisimov but was restrained by a linesman. Then, Steve Downie came on the ice and a skirmish ensued. "It was disrespectful to point directly at our net and our goalie," Lecavalier said. The post-goal scrum resulted in a combined 36 penalty minutes among two Rangers and three Lightning players. Anisimov was punished the harshest with a four-minute penalty for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. Downie was assessed a roughing penalty and a misconduct. "He was wrong and he knows it," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Anisimov. "He apologized to his teammates and we will move on from this." Should he apologize? How much is too much for a goal celebration? In 2009, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was criticized for going over the top with the celebration that followed his 50th goal. After scoring on Lightning goaltender Mike McKenna, the Capitals starstopped behind the net, put his stick on the ice and pretended to warm his hands over it. This celebration might have been exuberant but it was not spontaneous. "He told me he was going to do it," said teammate Mike Green after the game. "He wanted me to join in, but there was no way Id join in on that. I just kind of stood back and let him do what he does." The reaction among players at the time was mixed. "I loved it actually, I thought it was great," said current Los Angeles Kings defenceman Willie Mitchell. "I thought it was good for our game and you know if it was Willie Mitchell scoring his fourth or fifth of the season and throwing his stick down on the ice and doing that, I dont think thats right. But he is a personality, hes exciting, hes fun to watch." While Mitchell thought it was fun, Colorado Avalanche defenceman Shane OBrien took a different view the day after the celebration. "I wasnt a real big fan of it. If I would have been on the ice, I might have gone over and maybe tried to stop him from doing it," said OBrien. "Ill never come close to scoring 50 goals so Ill never have to worry about what my celebration would be like." Does the numeric value or importance of the goal change the context of the celebration? After scoring his rookie record 54th goal of the season during the 1992-93 season, Teemu Selanne threw his glove in the air and pretended to shoot it with his hockey stick. Its a play that is routinely included on lists of the greatest NHL celebrations of all time. Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr also became well known for removing his glove and saluting after every goal. Are these players showing disrespect for their opponents? Or should you be allowed to celebrate every goal in the fashion that you see fit? Does the spontaneity of the actions change your opinion on the celebration? How much is too much when it comes to goal celebrations? Its Your! Call. cheap nfl jerseys . He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isnt a national story. cheap jerseys from china . Instead, Iguodala was slotted into the Dwight Howard blockbuster, with Denver winning his rights in exchange for Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and a first round pick (the lesser of two picks, Denvers own or New Yorks, in 2014).TORONTO - Jose Bautista entered Wednesdays play at or near the top of most of baseballs important offensive categories. The 33-year-old is the league leader with 34 walks. His 1.058 OPS and 191 OPS+ are the best in the game. Bautistas hit nine home runs, which ties him for fourth in the majors. Hes reached base safely in each of the Blue Jays 33 games to begin the year. Thats a club record. "I think Ive had a pretty strong first month, as strong as I might have had ever in my career," Bautista told TSN.ca during a conversation in Philadelphia. "But the seasons long and its hard to look at small samples and how thats going to portray into a complete season. I try not to pay attention to those things and just focus on the preparation and the work and my effort and hopefully at the end of the year everythings taken care of itself." As teams around the league rely more heavily on spray charts and advanced offensive data, Bautista, like most sluggers around the league, often hits with three infielders on the left side of second base. The percentages show that if Bautista hits the ball on the ground, most of the time hell pull it. With that in mind, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has encouraged Bautista to occasionally take pitches the other way. Manager John Gibbons believes the approach helps Bautista stay on breaking pitches down and away. He sees those often as opposing pitchers often work around him or, at least, are particularly careful about keeping the ball out of the middle of the strike zone. "The only difference I see with him is hes taking some hits the other way and I think its making him a tougher out," said manager John Gibbons. "You hear some people who complain about, well, hes a home run hitter, youve got to do it this way. Well, you know what? His home run numbers havent suffered one bit." Bautistas coaches and teammates took notice of his approach in the 10th inning of Tuesday nights 6-5 win over the Phillies. Melky Cabrera led off with a single. Bautista worked a 2-2 count and with the infield pulled around to the third base side he pushed a 93 miles per hour fastball through the gaping hole where the second baseman would usually stand. Cabrera advanced to third on the play and one out later scored the game-winning run on Juan Franciscos sacrifice fly. Manager John Gibbons called it "winning baseball." "Its good to see, thats what winninng players and winning teams do, the little stuff," said Jose Reyes. wholesale jerseys. "In that situation he didnt try to hit a two-run home run and pop it up to the infield or something. He just tried to move Melky over, he saw that huge space there at second base and he hit the ball that way, first and third and we win the game right there." Outfield coach Tim Leiper paid Bautista the ultimate praise last week, equating his pregame preparation and in-game adjustments to that of a coach. Bautista doesnt want the label but he is involved in every pitch. From the dugout hes studying the opposing pitcher, watching for tendencies that may indicate which type of pitch will be thrown. Not a base stealer himself, Bautista tries to help his faster teammates get a read on a pitchers move. Defensively, hell involve himself in outfield positioning based on his extensive knowledge of hitters. "I try to pay attention to things like that and I share all kinds of information with my teammates," said Bautista. "I also encourage them to share stuff that they know and information that they have with me. I like to listen to that kind of stuff and put it into my database, I guess." Gibbons recalls a game in Kansas City early last year when injuries to Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie forced Bautista from his usual spot in right field and in to play third base. Bautista would frequently hover around the mound in between outs, giving the pitcher a scouting report on the next hitter. "Joses not just out there playing," said Gibbons. "He studies this and hes paying attention to whats going on. Hes played against a lot of these guys over the years so hes got a pretty good idea of what they do." The Blue Jays entered Wednesdays action with a record of 16-17 following a 4-4 road trip to Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Like on their previous road trip, they left some games on the table due to poor, late-game pitching. Bautista isnt panicking, however, because the American League East remains tight six weeks into the season. Torontos just a game and a half back of first-place Baltimore. "The only thing that would matter if we were 15 games back," said Bautista. "That would mean wed dug ourselves a big hole to come out of. From that perspective it doesnt really matter. What matters is how we play from here on out and weve got to focus on that." ' ' '
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