Obviously, I had a little extra juice watching last night's Rangers/Sabres game with the insertion of Brandon Mashinter into the line-up. So you can only imagine my excitement when he got into a scuffle with heavyweight Cody McCormick...
...damn, those two were throwing bombs.
...and there's the importance of having a guy like Mashinter in the line-up. Dorsett has had a renaissance since the Blues game, but he cannot handle a guy the size of McCormick.
...not only does that fight give the team a lift, it puts McCormick as well as a guy like Ott on notice that if they try anything funny, the Rangers have someone who is more than capable of handling himself.
...now AV just has to start playing him more than four minutes a game.
Mash is what we need on the 4th line, get the man 8-10 a night; he may not be Dubi or Clarkson but he's not completely offensively inept...oh and the guy we traded for Mashinter (tommy grant) is playing ECHL in idaho lol
If you followed this blog for any amount of time, you'd know Kevin has been riding the Mash train since we got him. He was just playing that up, not really saying it was the most important moment of the game. Geesh, lighten up people.
Fighting is a good thing . If you never laced them up . Shut up! Lol..I love the dudes that say fighting not part of hockey. If we didn't have it you would see more injuries I guarantee you that!!!
Wait, so....good offense, including yet another strong performance by Kreider is somehow less significant than some AHL lifer engaging in a staged scrap with one of Buffalo's imbecilic goon squad stormtroopers? Oy vey. That Lundqvist had a rep-saving shutout also doesn't matter - OMG FIGHTING YAY!!! C'mon!
I don't think a fight like that is going to impress AV though. He doesn't even want his teammates fighting after dangerous hits.
Gotta love that kid's approach to fighting. Put the head down, and throw absolute BOMBS, connect with the face; lather, rinse, repeat.
I noticed that Steve Ott kept his garbage antics to himself until the end of the game, of course, when no one could answer. Piece of shit.
I must admit, it was a little awkward reading about how you had a little extra juice watching Mashinter's insertion Kevin. :)
Not really... I would say fact we scored another power play goal with body in front of miller as screen or fact that Kreider has scored in back to back games and just 2 weeks ago, team was considering to trade him
Anyone know why McCormick left the ice right after the fight? Interesting side note, besides being bigger, McCormick leads the NHL w/ 5 fights this season......Mash fights excellent for a rookie vs. seasoned vet. Kid looks good....Keep it in your pants Kevin!!!
How can you be saying he has to play him more than 4 minutes? This team is rolling, and I want guys like Kreider on for as many minutes as possible. Nothing against mashinter, but I do not want him getting more ice time. I want the guys that can score on the ice the most, since we still are struggling to hit the mesh
And honestly besides his two fights Mashinter hasn't shown me anything that would make me believe he can play hockey at the nhl level... Might rather see a guy like Haley get a shot
hopefully Mash becomes our new enforcer because we sorely need one...we still need Mcilrath to hurry up and probably add even another enforcer type at some point just to be sure, some very tough teams out there
@Wallace1 Agree. You'd think a fight like that or the one against Simmonds in Philly would endear him to his new coach, but his ice time after each fight says otherwise.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I like Haley but we already have a player like him in Dorsett, we don't need another small player...we need someone who can drop the mitts but also chip in somewhat consistently on the offensive side...someone like a Dubinsky or Clarkson
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Obviously, I wouldn't want additional time for Mashinter to cut into top line minutes, but AV should be able to find more ice for him.
@brian2686 I'm not looking for 20 minutes a night but he should be getting at least 10.
I just think a lot of people are still stuck in the enforcers time period. The fact is that right now in the NHL an enforcer has to be able to skate and even net a couple goals. I need to see something from Mashinter to show me he is capable of this. Haven't seen it yet but still hoping
@KreiderisTheChosenOne nope thats why Im saying they need one of those types of players
Right now all Mashinter is used for is as that heavyweight like the good old days of Domi and Probert. 4 mins doesn't allow a player to show what he's capable of. There's no reason why Madhinter shouldn't play at least 10 shifts or 8 mins a game. The next lowest TOI in last nights game is Pyatt who was over 11 mins TOI. I like Moore but Mashinter has to be in the lineup most nights. I think Pyatt should be the healthy scratch more than not. Although IMO Pyatt played his best game of the season so far. He didn't hurt the team and used his head with the puck. He doesn't give the team much though. Size maybe but he doesn't use it for anything.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne That's fair. I think if he would get more minutes he'd be able to showcase more skill. And it's not so much that I want an enforcer in the line-up, but this team definitely could use his size.