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Sunday, March 29, 2009

NIITTY RUSTY, RECCHI CRUSTY

Before I rip Niitty, let me say that I did think it was the right move to start the goalies in this order.

Biron has been sensational against the Islanders (he's now beaten them in 11 straight) and Niitty beat the Bruins twice this season.

However, Niitty looked cold, and said so after the game:

"Reading the plays, the timing, moving from side to side, you know, things like that, I was a little rusty," he said. "But, I've felt a lot worse."

He looked real bad on the fourth goal. The puck popped out of his glove and sat in front of him then he never saw Mark Recchi shoot the puck. It was a bad goal, and a costly one for the Flyers.

As for Recchi, it was the 15th year of his career that he reached the 20-goal plateau. Kudos to the twice former Flyer.

However, Recchi didn't take too kindly to John Stevens saying he embellished a cross-checking penalty on Ryan Parent that lead to a 5-on-3 for the Bruins and ultimately a goal.

“Tell Johnny I haven't dived in 20 years," Recchi said. "You want to ask about diving, go ask Mike Knuble. The guy’s 240 pounds."

More on this in my story tomorrow.

Speaking of Knuble, our chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association nominated him for the Bill Masterton Award recognizing perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey.

The league will announce five nominees each day this week beginning with the Atlantic Division tomorrow.

I'll have a more detailed story on that as well.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bo said...

Mark Recchi hasn't dived in 20 years? Then who's been wearing his uni? Cos that guys been a diver his whole career. What a joke!

March 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM 
Blogger simon said...

That really annoyed me about rex. That a weak fall on the 'cross check'. looked like he got hit from behind with a .50 caliber round.

Knuble is one of the hardest working men in the game. he's a beast in the corners and is a monster in front of the net. no diver there. no way.

as for the Knuble fall which drew a call, you can clearly tell Knuble just lost his balance. even the best do.

March 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM 

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