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This week in Montreal Goaltending Controversies: a bunch of poseurs

January 13, 2011

You will remember the Carey Price pose from last week’s game against the Penguins, because everybody and their mother’s friend’s dog’s chewtoy had something to say about it.

Tonight the Penguins had their say, taking what’s scientifically called “hella advantage” of the millions of moronic penalties the Canadiens took. Notice I said “took” not “were given.” Don’t argue with me or I’ll make you sit through the game again.  Anyway, the Habs had their asses handed to them and Marc-Andre Fleury struck a Carey Price pose at the end of the game.

Naturally, the internet went nuts. Penguins fans loved it, the media was all over it, Habs fans were split down the middle. Some were outraged. Others found it hilarious.

Fans of other teams? Loved it.

Putting aside the fact that Marc Andre Fleury in fact had very, very, VERY little to do with the Penguins’ win, striking that pose was pretty awesome. Nothing better than a sports rivalry (that hasn’t been manufactured by a league and the TV network they desperately beg to be on).

However, as many pointed out, it was a bit unoriginal. He could have, for instance, tried to one-up Carey in the pose department. Maybe added a little “suck it” gesture, mimed shiving someone,  you know, a little flavour. Maybe even done something completely different, started a little posing competition.

Price douched it up last week, MAF got his twerp on this week. Maybe if they meet in the playoffs they can do a little pose dance after every save. Here’s a grow-the-game idea: THE NHL NEEDS POSE-OFFS. After all, America watches sing-offs, right?

How about we all stop freaking out, let a couple of funny goaltenders show a bit of personality and make it fun for their fans (except for MAF’s fans, of course), and embrace Posegate? Here’s an idea: the goaltenders can pose and then throw waffles at each other! No? Just the posing? Okay. Just the posing.

PS: because I’m kind of an asshole and also because I think MAF is obscenely overrated, here’s my favourite retweet from tonight:

14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2011 12:46 am

    Ha!!! YES.

  2. January 13, 2011 12:51 am

    Embrace the trend. That’s the best for the NHL. Can’t wait for Carey Price’s comeback at the All-Star game.

  3. therangersfan permalink
    January 13, 2011 7:01 am

    Sorry, but Price deserved it. Number 1 rule of business: don’t ever give your competition some nugget of hilarity they can use against you later.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      January 13, 2011 9:07 am

      Oh chill. It’s funny and it’s fun is all there is to both poses.

  4. January 13, 2011 9:01 am

    I actually gained some respect for Fleury after pulling that stunt. It took stones to pull that off in enemy territory.

    I don’t have a single problem with what he did. I can understand why the Penguins thought “retribution” was needed, even though I don’t think Price meant to show them up with his boss stance.

    The funniest part of the night was seeing Fleury do it, then turning to twitter to wait for the explosion of ticked off Habs fans. We’re getting to be as sensitive as Caps fans.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      January 13, 2011 9:08 am

      Right? I hate that. Or, we’re getting to be as sensitive as the Penguins fans were last week.

      Let’s all breathe, chill, etc.

      • Harry M permalink
        January 13, 2011 3:43 pm

        Settle them down up there in Hab land Active Stick! NFL players copy TD dances all the time and it is effective. Plus it generates a possible rivalry…

        Habs fans should focus on making the playoffs at this point.

        Good work Fleury!

  5. Number31 permalink
    January 13, 2011 9:05 am

    Originality is key. If you just copy, it’s lame. Goalies are already off the wall. I thought MAF would have the right mindset to throw out something new. Then again, it is the Penguins.

    MAF was just glad Cammy had the shits.

    Also retweet of the night is awesome. Ha!

    • theactivestick permalink*
      January 13, 2011 9:17 am

      Things that bother me about MAF-praise: he blew donkey balls at the WJC, he got an Olympic gold medal by sometimes practicing with the team that actually won it, he got way too much credit for his role in the Stanley Cup victory because he did his job for like 2 minutes at the end of the series.

      Ain’t saying he’s a shit goaltender. He’s actually probably very good. Just… like… he’s playing for the Penguins. Pipe down everybody. If he can win behind this lot of Habs I might be more convinced.

      • Number31 permalink
        January 14, 2011 10:09 am

        Ah yes… It would be lovely to play behind two human highlight reels nightly eh. What is this “scoring goals” thing? I…don’t think I remember what it is. Help!

  6. AngusMcCracken permalink
    January 13, 2011 12:11 pm

    I say take this feud and run: All Star game coming… Make both goalies the team captains and choose their squad, and have them both play the 3rd period. It could be the only interesting thing coming out of the debacle that is the All Star Game.

  7. January 13, 2011 1:05 pm

    I was sleepy at the end of the game, and thus in kind of a bitchy mood, so what really put me over the edge was Fleury saying he didn’t think anyone would notice. Um, in the Bell Centre. Where they have TV cameras. And thousands of people who paid to look at the very ice he was standing on. OK, yeah, MAF, I totally believe you.

    I’m all for a pose-off. I just rewatched the video for “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim just because. (the pose-off, for anyone interested or any NHL goalies reading this, starts around the 3:10 mark)

  8. Jillian permalink
    January 13, 2011 7:38 pm

    In my opinion, the Pens made such a big deal about it. Like take a chill pill and play some hockey. Who cares if he did a little pose, I think Crosby’s rubbing off on all the Pens players, you know.. always whinning. 😛 GoHabs!

  9. January 14, 2011 12:21 am

    I want Price to pull out a pack of cigarettes from behind his blocker and smoke 3 at a time after the next win

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