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It was open season on Flames goalies last night

Dec 5, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

Henrik Karlsson AP

Last night, the Vancouver Canucks were eager to prove that it was, as Lindy Ruff would say, open season on goalies as both Henrik Karlsson and Miikka Kiprusoff from Calgary were barreled into by Canucks forwards.

Karlsson was knocked out of the game early in the third period thanks to Cody Hodgson crashing his net and colliding with teammate Tom Kostopoulos. With the Flames already down 5-1 at that point and Karlsson coming up gimpy, out he came and in went Miikka Kiprusoff. The Flames desperately wanted Kipper to have a full night off yet were forced to put him in.

There, David Booth saw fit to go crashing into Kiprusoff while attempting to sweep towards the net to score. Booth’s net crashing was met with a bit more resistance. Kiprusoff wasn’t injured on his play, however, but the Flames ended the game with sore feelings after getting drubbed 5-1.

  1. dolanster - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    This ‘power move to the net’ needs to be a new type of penalty, as 2 minutes doesn’t cut it. The goalie is defenseless and just going to be “roadkill” in this situation. If the goalie is in the paint, playing goalie, he needs to be not just ‘not fair game’ but untouchable. A play like this should be a new ‘roughing the goaltender’ major, like ‘roughing the kicker’ in NFL.

  2. davebabychreturns - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Pretty sure a league desperate to keep offense up is not going to tell teams they can’t take the puck to the net.

    And if keeping the goaltender safe is the paramount concern where is the responsibility of the defenders that in all of these replays are angling the forward directly at their goaltender?

    I appreciate that it’s a difficult situation, you can’t expect a defender to just let a player go if they can’t force them behind the net but by the same token you can’t expect a forward to pass up a scoring chance. like that.

  3. pringle16 - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    The person that wrote this article didn’t watch the game. The first “incident” was nothing like described in this “article”. Karlsson was not “barrelled into by (a) Canuck forward”. Hodgson was brought down by Flames’ Kostopoulos and there was no contact between Hodgson and Karlsson. It was just an unfortunate occurrence but Karlsson was injured by his own teammate and it appears Hodgson did his best to avoid any contact. Just YT the video by searching for “Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson hit in knee on collision”. I’m not sure if I can link to it or not.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      Yup, I had to laugh when I read the headline and first paragraph. You could argue the Booth contact but it was much less than either Tootoo or Lucic – at least Booth was trying to stop up even if it was a foot late.

  4. loinstache - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    What game were you watching Joe?

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