Stuff I Wonder About Hockey
What’s got Mike Smith so angry anyway?
If you watch the terrible officiating in this video you’ll get a sense of why Mike Smith is always so angry.
Dustin Brown gets a well deserved penalty [considering he lives in LA, you’d think his acting would be better] but it’s FOR THE WRONG REASON!! Mike Smith’s waiting to hear what even the casual observer can see is an obvious a ’Goaltender Interference’ call & instead Brown’s is headed to box for a piss-poor acting performance.
The replay shows Mike Smith using his goalie stick in an attempt to deflect a puck [a little too early], which was slightly further away than he’d anticipated utilizing what some would call a slightly unorthodox goaltending technique.
Next thing you know, the league’s dumbest player decides to skate DIRECTLY into the path of Mike Smith’s stick, which would have prevented the netminder from making the save had Smith not misjudged how the puck’s distance at the time.
Textbook definition of goaltender interference. .
The fact that the puck is nowhere in the vicinity of the crease at the time, bears no consequence on Dustin Brown’s responsibility to avoid interfering with [what Mike Smith believed to be] a save attempt.
As if the ‘no call’ for interference wasn’t bad, dumb-ass Dustin puts on the worst performance I’ve ever seen on ice for the purpose of implying that Mike Smith, without any provocation, would take his eye off the puck, & with the force & intensity he uses to send pucks hurling to the other end of the ice, suddenly decides to make contact with the vulnerable area on the back of Brown’s knees make contact to the vulnerable area on the back of the skater’s knees, with a single piece composite stick! WTF!
That doesn’t sound like the Mike Smith I know.
Brown should have gotten two penalties for that one! Instead Brown’s single penalty is cancelled out when the ref gives doles out a penalty to the already quite angered Mike Smith!!
The embellishment penalty is acknowledgement from the ref that Brown took a dive, so could the unoffending netminder have done anything wrong?
I do blame Mike Smith in part as he’s fully aware Brown is so fucking stupid he can’t figure out which end of the water bottle to drink from, so Smith was wrong for assuming Brown could figure out away he’d need to be in order to avoid interfering with the path of Smith’s stick.
Unfortunately for Dustin Brown, it was a few more potatoes from Smith’s blue paint.
I hope if nothing else, the incidental contact occurring as Brown interfered with Smith’s mistimed deflection helps Brown remember how far to stay from Mike Smith [and his stick] in the future to avoid possibly injuring himself and/or taking a penalty for goaltender interference.
Likewise, should a similar situation occur, Mike Smith [understanding Brown’s limited capacity for such information] could provide a respectful reminder warning to his fellow NHLer along the lines of :
"If you don’t move a few fucking potatoes to the left, I swear to god my stick is going to make incidental contact with the back of your knees so hard you’ll need to embellish yourself onto a stretcher" you just might be able to embellish your way onto a stretcher"
Even if Brown is unable to process this information, it would certainly send one of his teammates to aid him in getting out of the way of Smith making saves, especially when deflecting what some might call a ‘phantom puck’.
This is EXACTLY the sort of thing that’s got Netminder Smith so angry he needs to vent his frustrations by violently smashing his goalstick on the posts and/or crossbar of the net.