for the sens fans complaining about our 6 pp's last night.. how about the fact he isles did NOT have a powerplay for 110 minutes in a row (thats almost 2 full games between a powerplay) before last nights first call.....
and kerry fraser on the high sticked sens goal that should not have even gotten that far:
I do not agree with the officials' decision to allow play to continue and their hesitation to determine possession and control following a high stick of the puck in the neutral zone by Mika Zibanejad. A clear play was made on the puck and touched first touched by Jakob Silfverberg just prior to Lubomir Visnovsky of the Islanders. Given the potential for bad things to result from allowing the play to continue once Zibanejad batted the puck into his attacking zone from the neutral zone, in addition to the score and time remaining in the game, I would have been quick to blow the whistle once Silfverberg made the first play on the puck. Let me attempt to explain why the Officials on the ice chose a different course of action.
Once a puck has been struck with a high stick it is the responsibility of each official (but primarily the referee) that observed it to make a signal with a high stick gesture that he witnessed the violation and a delay is in progress contingent upon puck possession. If the non-offending team gains possession (in this case the Islanders) a clear washout signal must be employed by the official (again primarily the referee) to signify that the high stick violation is no longer in effect. The purpose of this procedure is not only to identify a delayed high stick in progress but also a washout signal by the closest referee to the play so that one official isn't waving the play good while another one is blowing his whistle.
The referee on the goal-line made a high stick signal once the puck entered the Islanders zone while the linesman closest to the play did not. The first player to contact the puck is Silfverberg as he stabs at it making contact. Visnovsky used an active stick and made secondary contact which caused the puck to pop up in the air as Silfverberg skated past. No whistle was blown at this point but more importantly no wave off signal at any point resulted from the lead referee or the linesman. (If another official made a washout signal he is not in the camera shot. If he did the other officials should have responded in kind as verification that play was allowed to continue.) Visnovsky then gained secondary possession of the puck and turned it over to Zibanejad on an attempted pass up the wall to Frans Neilsen. Tic-tac-toe, the puck ended up in the back of the Islanders net past Evgeni Nabokov and its game over.
Martinek's pass to Aucoin was not a bad play, just bad luck as Aucoin didn't turn right or didn't see the pass, and the goal was a fluke! But generally, the low percentage "first pass" out of the zone is completely unnecessary when you're up TWO goals in the third period at home. The coach needs to COACH his team.
Martinek will not want to remember that game because he had significant issues handling the puck on many shifts. His complete botch of the collection and distribution of the puck with two Sens bearing down that resulted in Nabby stopping the puck for a faceoff and Martinek clearly laughing to Nabby about the goal he almost cost the club was a yardstick for his night. He is better than last game thankfully. I trust him more defensively than most of the rest, but yes, bad game for him.