It’s flattering that as of 4 pm there have been over 120 visitors to this site on the third day of it existing without me doing anything more than tweeting a couple of links in the middle of the night.
I initially posted that this was about not caring about an audience because ultimately it isn’t. I think worrying about who will read something over a long enough time period stifled what I wanted to say and made me dread writing at times. It is nice to see that even a few people clicked on something they didn’t have to. I do appreciate it.
I also appreciate Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov. Opposing teams pretty clearly do too. The Dallas Stars laid the wood to the Minnesota Wild last night 6-1, but I keep thinking about Seguin’s goal in the middle of the 2nd period. The more I watch it the more ridiculous it is.
Here it is again. It starts out with a simple breakout.
The three Stars in the picture are Benn, Seguin, and Radulov. The Wild aren’t in bad shape here.
The Stars turn the puck over and the Wild defender chips it blindly up the boards. From here the Wild lose their minds. The same defender drops back at least 15 feet as Radulov picks the puck up. Seguin is already on the blueline ready to join the attack.
Even NOW the Wild still out number the Stars four to three. All four Wild players are in position to guard the center of the ice. Notice where Seguin is. Within five seconds he’s going to be on the opposite side of the rink wide open.
Two seconds later the Wild are completely screwed. Two of the Wild go to attack Radulov in the corner. Two Wild players go to Seguin to prevent the tap in goal. No Wild players have any idea where arguably the best player on the ice, Benn, is located. Benn, being who he is, goes right into the undefended area in the faceoff circle.
The Wild STILL have a chance here now that the forward Realizes What He Has Done and goes to front Benn. Seguin still isn’t wide open, but he may as well be. Mike Reilly of the Wild is staring at Benn. The high forward is watching Benn instead of looking at Seguin, but his responsibility isn’t either of those guys.
Still, Seguin is a right shot. His stick, at this point, will end up closer to the forward than Reilly, but Reilly is in a position to make a play as of now.
Not even one second later look how much separation Seguin got because no one is watching him. This is the same thing Brett Hull and all elite goal scorers have an ability to do that mortal humans like us will never understand. They just know how to get open. Reilly made it easier, but it takes high quality hockey intelligence to know how to get just enough space to make a goal a tap in.
You may notice that this was the fourth goal of the game. It made me think of this Ken Hitchcock quote from after the game:
This is the first goal after the moment Hitchcock claims to have noticed it looked like they played last night. He’s probably on to something.
So I think there’s something to having one of each of these guys on three different lines. Then I see goals like that happen and realize I don’t care because sometimes it’s fun to watch a dominant line dominate even if they aren’t together all the time.
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