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Pierre McGuire's In the Crease
Michael Farber
March 19, 2007
Lost in the aftermath of the brutal two-handed stick hit that Islanders winger Chris Simon put on the face of Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg last Thursday—an offense for which Simon drew a 25-game suspension—was a controversial no-goal near the end of the game. When Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist reached back to clear the puck out of the goalmouth with 20.4 seconds left, there was no signal that a goal had been scored. Replays appeared to show the puck crossing the goal line, but because the videotape view was partly obscured by Lundqvist's water bottle, which rested on top of the net, the judges felt the evidence wasn't conclusive enough to overrule. The Rangers held on to win 2--1. It's time for the league to forbid goalies from keeping water bottles on the net. Mount a holder on the back of the net bar for the bottles. It would make video review much more reliable.... Predators center Jason Arnott is the most underappreciated of last summer's free-agent pick ups. At 32 the former Dallas Star has been a steadying influence on younger players, especially in helping the team persevere through injuries. Arnott also had a team-high 24 goals through Sunday.... Don't be shocked to see Ryan Smyth, who was traded from the Oilers to the Islanders on Feb. 27, come back to the Northwest Division and haunt Edmonton as a Flame next year. Smyth, who becomes a free agent on July 1, is coveted by Calgary G.M. Darryl Sutter, who has a good relationship with Don Meehan, Smyth's agent. Meehan represents high-profile Flames Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Kristian Huselius. Calgary would likely move winger Alex Tanguay to clear cap space for Smyth.
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March 19, 2007

Pierre Mcguire's In The Crease

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Lost in the aftermath of the brutal two-handed stick hit that Islanders winger Chris Simon put on the face of Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg last Thursday—an offense for which Simon drew a 25-game suspension—was a controversial no-goal near the end of the game. When Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist reached back to clear the puck out of the goalmouth with 20.4 seconds left, there was no signal that a goal had been scored. Replays appeared to show the puck crossing the goal line, but because the videotape view was partly obscured by Lundqvist's water bottle, which rested on top of the net, the judges felt the evidence wasn't conclusive enough to overrule. The Rangers held on to win 2--1. It's time for the league to forbid goalies from keeping water bottles on the net. Mount a holder on the back of the net bar for the bottles. It would make video review much more reliable.... Predators center Jason Arnott is the most underappreciated of last summer's free-agent pick ups. At 32 the former Dallas Star has been a steadying influence on younger players, especially in helping the team persevere through injuries. Arnott also had a team-high 24 goals through Sunday.... Don't be shocked to see Ryan Smyth, who was traded from the Oilers to the Islanders on Feb. 27, come back to the Northwest Division and haunt Edmonton as a Flame next year. Smyth, who becomes a free agent on July 1, is coveted by Calgary G.M. Darryl Sutter, who has a good relationship with Don Meehan, Smyth's agent. Meehan represents high-profile Flames Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Kristian Huselius. Calgary would likely move winger Alex Tanguay to clear cap space for Smyth.

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