Full disclosure: your fearful Dose author is still a little battered from that Tuesday onslaught.
Not battered in the delicious fried chicken kind of way, although being that I’d be eaten in that scenario, I guess it’s probably ideal that the battered-ness (battery?) is merely figurative.
Before I get to the recaps, it’s a bit strange to see the larger net/smaller equipment debate rearing up, especially when someone really wants to debate about the intricacies of one thing or another. It’s a strange thing about social media. Some nights, I want to learn more about what the other side of a discussion thinks. It can be illuminating.
Other nights, I really do want Twitter to merely be the echo chamber it’s often accused of being.
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After all, it’s not as if you’re going to convince someone else to abandon their passion beliefs, even about something as innocuous as the size of nets.
In case you’re wondering, I’m quite friendly to any idea that spruces up offense. Normally I’d be annoyed that the league would change the parameters of the on-ice game, but the NHL has shown that it sticks with obstruction crackdowns about as long as most people keep up with their New Year’s resolutions.
Sometimes it’s better to make a change where there isn’t really much room for humans to “interpret things” in a way that makes everything worse.
So as far as the bigger net/smaller equipment thing goes, I say “both please, but I know the BS safety aspect means that smaller equipment basically isn’t happening.
Maybe I’ll revisit this in more detail on a night when I have more “juice.” Then again, longtime Dosers likely know where I stand.
Let’s get cappin’
PENGUINS 4, CANADIENS 3 (SO)
-- For just the second time this season, Sidney Crosby had a multi-point game. In this case, he generated two assists, and contributed in a fantasy-irrelevant way that could still be a confidence-booster by scoring the shootout-clincher. (David Perron also scored while both Montreal shooters failed.)
I was going to make broader fun of one of the shooters - David Desharnais - but he actually has 14 points in 17 GP, so I don't really have much of a leg to stand on there.
Marc-Andre Fleury got a well-publicized boo boo of his own, but he laughed it off as a mere flesh wound (not an exact quote).
-- Pascal Dupuis returned to action and scored a goal 13 seconds in. There seemed to be some scrambling combos-wise, but I'd be intrigued to see what Beau Bennett can manage if he gets an extended look with Crosby. Maybe later?
-- Mike Condon is just the latest example of goalies just coming out of nowhere. He's something of a poor man's (McNugget-less-man's?) Andrew Hammond, as he's playing exceptionally well despite coming out of nowhere and not even being drafted.
-- Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin looked pretty great even though they were limited to one assist apiece. I was a bit stunned that it took so long for them to pair up, but the word is that Mike Johnston is ... let's just say more defense-leaning.
OILERS 4 DUCKS 3 (OT)
-- Anaheim has to be extra frustrated here, as they keep failing to build upon or protect leads. They were up 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 and couldn't keep the Oilers down, including two blown one-goal third-period leads.
-- Rickard Rakell returned from his injury and seemed to pay immediate dividends with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Rakell nabbed the primary assist on both Perry goals while Getzlaf may still be trying to heal up a bit.
I see little reason to hesitate on buying into at least a piece of that trio, which means hoping Draisaitl is around.
Not only did he make a ton of saves, he also earned a well-deserved secondary assist in OT when he decided not to freeze the puck, instead keeping the GWG sequence going.
-- Speaking of the GWG, Teddy Purcell scored it with a beauty of a backhander. Purcell's a context-sensitive consideration; he can be fairly productive when he has the right linemates doing the heavy lifting.
-- Pivoting back to guys you shouldn't sit on the sidelines about, I'm happy with what I've seen with Darnell Nurse.
He has four points in seven games, including his current assist streak (two over two games). He's getting plenty of shifts, too, as he's hit just more than 20 minutes of TOI for four straight games.