Monday, January 21, 2008

Public Enemy #1: Dominik Hašek

Dominik Hasek is certainly one of those love or hate goalies. And I hate him. He is totally one of those every-puck-is-an-adventure goalies. And he has an awesome record and history in the league. But he is also a whiny little girl. At the Sharks game the other night (which we will not speak of the outcome), early on he came to center ice to !delay the game! complaining about a goal that he didn't think went in. And later in the game he dove to get a penalty called on one of the Sharks (poor Erhoff) which is a penalty in itself. Since I couldn't find video of the dive, I found some other evidence against "The Dominator." (Though unfortunately, most of the youtube stuff is all the same thing)

Evidence Against:
Hasek trips Gaborik - While it may not be a trip exactly, it's a super dangerous play and deserved a penalty. I wish I could find the Minnesota version of the clip, but the Detroit announcers are so hysterical in their indignation of the penalty.
Trying to fight - Hasek looks like a tool tripping on the ice trying to get in on a fight with Patrick Roy.

Evidence For:
362 wins, 2 Hart Trophies, 2 Pearson Trophies, 6 Vezina Trophies, 2 Jennings Trophies, a career goals against average of 2.20, 1 Stanley cup.

He has earned enough of my ire that I no longer feel bad that he and Buffalo got screwed by Brett Hull and his skate.

Of course just for giggles there is Owen Nolan making Hasek look like a chump.

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