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Must see TV: Artem Anisimov channels his inner sniper

Dec 8, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

Anyone remember when Teemu Selanne broke Mike Bossy’s rookie goal scoring record? The goal was just like the other 75 he scored that season—but the celebration is what most people remember. After tonight, we can probably say that Rangers forward Artem Anisimov is a fan.

After scoring a sweet shorthanded goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning to give his team the 2-1 lead in the second period, he took aim at the Lightning net. Predictably, all hell broke loose after Anisimov’s celebration leading to 38 minutes worth of penalties—including 10 minute misconducts for Anisimov and Steve Downie (for leaving the bench to join the festivities).

Here’s the question: are you alright with Anisimov’s celebration or did he deserve the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he earned for the move? More importantly, are you alright with Vinny Lecavalier (and the rest of the Lightning players) response? The comment section awaits.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Absolutely bush-league. Beat the sh*t out of him.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Amateur hour nonsense.

  3. stakex - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Hockey players are entertainers…. and it was entertaining. Theres nothing wrong with an animated celebration when someone scores. Hell, its a good thing to see players who actually get excited when they score. Nothing worse then seeing a guy look like a zombie after he scores since it makes it seem like he doesn’t care.

    However while I have no issue with an animated celebration… sometimes its a really bad idea, and I think thats the case here. After all, the Rangers were controling the play very well until this point in the game. Afterwards however the game started to look much closer and the extra fight Tampa showed in the 3rd ended up costing the Rangers. The worst thing you can do when your beating a team is give them an extra reason to rally against you, and it could be said thats exactlly what Anisimov did.

    As for Tampa’s immediate response to the celebration (going after Anisimov), it did seem a touch over board… but I can’t really say I blame them either. The one thing that wasn’t cool was Steve Downie leaving the bench. There is no time in which I play should be leaving the bench to join a fight on the ice, even when it happens after a goal. Its not like he was already on the ice for a line change… he clearly didn’t leave the bench until the fight was under way. I would expect a suspension of that (I think its auto 10 games for leaving the bench).

    • taytay099 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:31 AM

      Automatic one game for leaving the bench to fight.

      • bcjim - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

        10 I thought.

        Funny anyway but not something that needs to become routine.

      • wingsdjy - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        It’s a 10 game suspension:

        70.10 Fines and Suspensions – The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games of his team.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Hockey players are entertainers. Singers are entertainers. That doesn’t mean I want to hear hockey players sing. Stick to what you get paid for.

  4. govtminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I’d have been okay with it, but for one thing- it looks like he points his stick at the Lightning goal when he does it, as if he’s shooting the goalie. That’s not okay, to me- if he’d aimed almost anywhere else (and granted, it may be that I just misunderstood what I saw), I’d have been okay with it.

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