— Jackie Peterson (@Jackie_Peterson) October 9, 2013
San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl topped the headlines again today after his 4-goal night against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, but not for reasons you may think. His late third period, between the legs goal seems to be rubbing people the wrong way.
"Don't disrespect the league. I'm sure it was a rookie mistake… I'm upset. I was just talking to (Capitals general manager) George (McPhee) and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal? He hasn't scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We'll see."
Let's not get all whiney now.
Was the goal showy? Of course. Was it necessary for Hertl to put on a clinic when the Sharks are already crushing the Rangers? No. Could he have humbly accepted his monumental hat trick and taken a run-of-the-mill shot that goalkeeper Martin Biron had a chance to stop? Umm…why would he do that? This is the big time, folks, not everyone gets a trophy.
Sure, Hertl showed some immaturity when he celebrated a bit too long after the goal. But let's face it, the goal was gorgeous and showed a young player with a boatload of skill who is already a force to be reckoned with. And he is NINETEEN years old. He is a wide-eyed kid who saw an opportunity to do something fun and there are grown men complaining that it was too fancy pants for their liking? Please.
We hate to give budding rivals the Vancouver Canucks any unnecessary props, but even Canucks center Henrik Sedin defended Hertl's goal ahead of tonight's game, telling The Province's blog The White Towel
"Any other sport, if you do something nice, a nice move and it gets on the highlights everyone is raving about it. In hockey, you can't do that… He scored a beautiful goal and it's fun to watch. I love it. Is hockey the only sport where you do something nice and they talk about showboating? I don't get it."
Sedin is right. It's exciting to see a young guy get on the ice and show off some of the skills he has worked so hard at acquiring. And for goodness' sake, it's not like he skated to the Rangers bench, taunting them as he flexed his biceps. So he got a little flashy with his last goal. Big deal. Judging by the ear-to-ear grin that is permanently plastered on his face, it's obvious Hertl has no malice, but rather is having an absolute blast on the ice playing with the big kids. He is an incredible talent and shouldn't be shamed for showing hockey fans exactly why the the Sharks brought him into the lineup.
It will be interesting to see how Hertl performs against the Canucks tonight in Vancouver. Will the Sharks' front office cave to the public criticism and ask him to tone it down? Let's hope not. We say bring on the #HertlPower!
Meme courtesy of @Jackie_Peterson
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