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Video: Enraged Mike Smith smashes other player’s stick

Apr 7, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith returned with a bang on Saturday.

Actually, it might be more accurate to call it a “smashing” comeback. He stopped all 24 Colorado Avalanche shots as the Coyotes won 4-0, but most might remember this moment of combined brilliance and rage the most:

So, just to be clear: Smith doesn’t like it when a player (in this case Cody McLeod) takes an extra stab at the puck. It’s probably worth noting that he was banged up from a collision with Alexander Edler, so maybe he’s making a statement that he’s not to be trifled with.

Then again, NHL.com’s Michael Blinn remarks that he might just have been testing out the quality of the stick. That would be awfully thoughtful, don’t you think?

  1. tfaltin - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    That’s awesome. Full marks to Smith for showing when enough is enough. Why should goalies take that prodding lying down?

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    “A couple pokes” … it was one poke. Every other goalie in the league has to put up with that, and you don’t see them flip out like that.

    Yet, when a player skates past the goal to go to the endboard, he can pop out and nail them in the upper body.

    He really is a piece of ***t. It’s only a wonder he didn’t immediately fall to the ground after breaking that stick and try to get a penalty/suspension on the other guy.

    • danaking - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      ““A couple pokes” … it was one poke. Every other goalie in the league has to put up with that, and you don’t see them flip out like that.

      Yet, when a player skates past the goal to go to the endboard, he can pop out and nail them in the upper body.”

      I’m good with this much. I don’t know enough about Smith to say abut the other, but he keeps this up and there will be evidence.

      If I could change one set of rules in hockey, it would be to make the goalie untouchable in the crease (unless the puck is clearly in there first, or the player is pushed in, etc.), and just another skater if he wanders too far from it. That would remove the need for the trapezoid, as they’d be wary of going too far, lest they be checked and not be able to get back.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    So tired of this guys tantrums and antics. He is so embarrassing.

  4. drone501 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    definitly was overreacting.

  5. colby7 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Smith needs to sign in the East so he can fight Rask!

    • kingsfan93 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Why Rask though? I wouldn’t mind seeing the fight between them two, as long as Rask wins it.

      • awade9233 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        How about a Smith vs. Quick fight? Smith would make quick work his opponent.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Forget that. I’d like to see Smith go up against Emery.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Smith backed down from Corey Crawford, I don’t see a Rask fight happening.

  6. Stiller43 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Loved it. It was a full second after the whistle. Dont jab at the goalie.

  7. ak5040 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Smith is a douche. That happens to every goalie pretty much every game.

  8. bigtganks - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I can hardly wait til he whacks someone in the legs while their trying to screen him and that forward rips his stick out of his hands and smashes it.

    • jhuck92 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Knowing Smith’s track record, I wouldn’t rule that out.

  9. kingsfan93 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I can’t stand Mike Smith. He is a douche.

    • awade9233 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Don’t be jealous just because Quick is a little Nancy.

  10. jhuck92 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I can’t stand this guy. He overreacts to everything and has the maturity of a 5-year-old during a temper tantrum.

  11. fiddytucker - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    His glove was off his hand… Hello I was at the game and seen the replay. He smacked his hand after the glove was off. Id break a stick too

  12. sporkov - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    For those of you who are complaining about Smith’s response to this, I think that until you have had your wrist/hand/fingers damaged from this kind of crap you should just stow it.

    I understand getting in after a loose puck, but the guy’s stick was 3 feet away when the puck was covered and 2 feet away when the whistle blew. He had time to back off.

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