Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blake's "Spin-a-Rama" Beats Devils

The Leafs' Jason Blake shootout goal against the Devils at the Air Canada Centre was a perfectly legal "spin-a-rama" as defined by Rule 25 in the NHL rules for Shootout procedures.

The rule states: "The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion."

Search though we did, we couldn't find any mention in the rules about the seldom used "Dipsy Daisy," "Okie Muskogee" or "Hot Carl."

While NJ Coach Brent Sutter conceded it was a close call, Bobby Holik calls bullshit.

Holik told's/The Star-Ledger Rich Chere, "I know it's legal, but it's so un-hockey. I think it's B.S. There was so much back-tracking you could do pretty much anything. I know the league loves it because it's exciting, but the puck should always be moving forward.

"What, next time they'll let him circle the net?"

"It's easier to do on a team that has nothing to lose than on a contender. I know (GM) Brian Burke won't like that statement, but..."

We'd have been much more impressed by Blake had he performed a Booker T Spin-a-Roonie during the shot.

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