Sunday, February 11, 2007

Huselius needs to smarten up

It shouldn't anger me, really, because I'm all for Calgary losing points, but Kristian Huselius was, in my opinion, pissing away potential points for the Flames this past week being overly pretty on his shootout attempts. And he did that TWICE: Both times the Flames lost. The first time was against Chicago last Tuesday, where he tried a Marek Malik-style play, putting his stick through his legs and passing the puck to himself to maybe bury a backhander past Nikolai Khabibulin. Huselius flubbed his shot. On Saturday night, he tried to be fancy again on Ryan Miller in the shootout, skating by him and trying to 'dribble' or stuff the puck past Miller. Of course, Miller stopped it easily, and then looked over at Huselius as if to say: "You can't embarass me!" No, Huselius is doing that to himself.
In Tuesday's game, Huselius was the first shooter, so he could be cut a very minor bit of slack. But he was the final shooter against Buffalo. Why mess around like that? Bury it! There is no reason to put on a show when your team is trying to take over top spot in their division. Those are two points that Flames could be ahead of Vancouver right now. Every dammed point counts.
I thought it was great that Ray Ferraro said the same thing during the 2nd intermission of the Stars-Avalanche game today. Brett Hull called it a 'double-edged sword, because the shootout is also designed for entertainment value. Sure, sure. How the hell can a coach put up with these kind of theatrics when these games mean so much?
There is only one answer, and I think that Saturday's OT between Pittsburgh and Toronto proved it: Abolish the shootout and play 3-on-3. That or let the mindless Flame Weasel Kristian Huselius or anyone like him ride the pine instead of partake in a shootout attempt.

Here is the video that Matt was referring to in the comments section. This is Huselius scoring in the Flames' skills competition with the same move he tried on Khabibulin.

On a side note, it's good to see more goalies more often attempting a poke check on these shooters in the shootout. Why let the guy dipsy-doodle around you when you can poke your stick at him and force his hand? It makes the player have to be perfect or take a shot from further away.

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At February 11, 2007 at 8:25 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice use of photoshop!

I, and probably most Flames fan wont agree with you.

The Flames have been soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo shitty on the shootout since in was introduced that it seems most fans and probably the players think it's just a joke anyways.

The Flames are 2 for 15 in the Shootout! Obviously what they were doing in the past was not working either. So, who cares if they try to be too fancy. Either way they lose!

(I dont really know what he was trying on the one agains Miller though)

At February 11, 2007 at 8:32 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

2-for 15 in the shootout raises a good point, Matt. I just don't think it's excusable regardless. It's not helping them get out of their funk! Has Weasel been doing that twinky-dink stuff all season in the shootout? Maybe I should be even harder on him!
Huselius has a good shot. He doesn't need to be a fancy pants.

"Either way they lose!"

Ah, it sounds so good to hear a Flames fan defeated in his own mind!!! :)

At February 11, 2007 at 8:56 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, he only started the fancy stuff after he scored on that between the legs move in the Flames skills competition in early Feb.

It would be nice to win a shootout this season though. I dont think using Phaneuf in the shootout was the wisest move either.

I think the Flames best on the shootout are Tanguay and Ritchie. Everyone else sucks and Kipper (until last game) couldn't seem to stop anyone on the shootout.

I'm just happy that there isn't a shootout in the playoffs.

Did you see the Flames/Sabres 4 on 4 OT? That was great hockey. I wish they'd do 4/4 for 10 minutes before the shootout. Or preferably get rid of the SO altogether.

At February 11, 2007 at 9:23 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

I was saying this to someoene before: maybe they should try 5 minutes 4 on 4 and then 5 minutes 3 on 3, and eliminate the shootout.
Isn't Lombardi good at shootouts?

At February 11, 2007 at 9:34 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Lombardi should be. He's been good at breakaways in regulation, but didn't score on Miller last night. He tried a finesse backhand for the 5-hole that Miller had no trouble with.

I think the Flames lack of success has gotten in their heads. It seems they are over-thinking things. Or maybe they keep scoring on Kipper in practice so they think they're better than they really are!

At February 11, 2007 at 9:45 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Clearly, it's time for a goaltending change in Cow-town.

Kipper ought to be traded to whatever team will take him off their hands (perhaps LA... they are in the market for a substandard goalie). Give McLennan the reigns for the rest of the season, since it's obvious the Flames are doomed anyways.

Then rebuild for next season.

Kipper always seemed to be large on luck and low on talent, anyways.

At February 11, 2007 at 10:27 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

LOL! No way! He's good enough! Getting Stuart and Conroy means they are far from rebuilding!

At February 11, 2007 at 11:05 p.m. , Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Hey Zanstorm - I didn't realize your from Smithers. I'm just down the road in Terrace. Thanks for linking to my blog...

Joe Pelletier

At February 12, 2007 at 12:49 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Hey Joe! Yeah, you do a fine job at your Legends sites indeed! I also came across your Travel Northwest BC site months back and enjoyed your coverage of this area.
I left a comment in your Twin Falls section, since those are my stomping grounds.
Maybe our paths will cross one day!

At February 12, 2007 at 7:17 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

I think Huselius is doing a fine job and eagerly look forward to more moves like this in future breakaways and odd man rushes.

Roberto Luongo

At February 12, 2007 at 8:41 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Hey Roberto,

Just wait until you see my next move! I'm going to put the puck through my legs, scoop it into the air, do a sommersault, and then headbutt the puck past you! But I'll save that one for the end of the season when we could use the extra point to get into the playoffs!

Love and stuff,
Huselius the Weasel


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