I don't think Faksa is trying to trip Nino. I think he's trying to find a lane and..."holy crap, There's NINO!" His skate goes a bit into Nino's path because he's got to get on his edge to change directions quickly to try to avoid contact. Nino, who has a very deliberate skating stride, has his left skate move a bit into Faksa's path because he's bracing for contact from Faksa that never comes. They clip skates and that spins Nino into Sharp.
And let's be logical here. Nino is F1. He's trying to cause a turnover or funnel the puck carrier. He is not trying to knock down blockers like he's covering a football kickoff.
And the idea that he lowbridges Sharp here is silly. Even the bad view shows Sharpe (in self defense) leaping before the contact. That's why he gets flipped, not some low hit.
I'm glad he's okay. I'm glad the bad call didn't have an impact on the game. I'm glad (almost) everybody sees this for what it is -- an accidental play in a fast game.
Nino was tripped, lost his balance, and then had no way of avoiding Sharp. It was an accident.
Thanks for pointing that out. At first I was thinking he incorrectly thought Sharp actually had the puck. After reading your comment and watching the video again looks like you are correct. I don't know if I would could it a bad call by the officials, as at first glance it really looks like Niederreiter intentionally tried to hit Sharp, more just an unlucky sequence of events.
Based on the second GIF, the game misconduct should be rescinded. That should have been a penalty on Dallas (Faska) for clipping and sending Niederreiter into Sharp, with Minnesota getting a 2-minute power play instead of Dallas getting a 5-minute power play.
Agreed, it should clearly be a 2 minute penalty of Dallas.
Faksa was playing cheap all game. Gave Suter a shot, which did not work out at ALL well for him, as Suter absolutely destroyed him on a clean check into the boards later. He then stuck his foot out on Nino, and after that went after Erik Haula, of all people. That's sort of like picking a fight with Bambi. Looks like he is trying to emulate Roussel.
What is even more bizarre is how a great player like Benn is making like Landeskog and taking dumb penalties. He broke his stick on Coyle's back, negating a PP, and seems to think his job is to be an agitator, jabbing people after the whistle and in front of the net. Shouldn't Ruff be telling him to leave that to others, and go out there and score goals? Or is he too stuck in the 80's? Do they really want to emulate CO as a team?
Because that's where they are heading.
First time watching Benn play? He gave Zucker a shot when Zucker gave Lehtonen a little tap when he had the puck, and gave Coyle a shot after he ran into Lehtonen. Maybe I'm alone on this, but I'm glad players do something after those plays
I didn't see the crosscheck, but that's nothing new with Benn. He's got a bit of a baby temper and does dumb things like that
So the Avs and Stars are terrible because that captains are living in the 80's eh? Thought it was more defense issues
As for Nino everyone who's seen a replay knows it's not intentional. Like someone else pointed out, during a game and no replay it's different to tell, maybe they didn't see Nino and Faksa bump each other. Didn't change any outcome at least
I don't blame the refs for the call. The probably only caught Sharp going flying in their peripheral vision.
End of the game that had gotten chippy. Coyle ran over Dallas's goalie, Benn broke his stick crosschecking Coyle, Suter blew up Faska?, Haula/Faska hugging match, Folin/Rousell kerfuffel, Nino/Sharp all happening within the last 10 mins of the game.
Just glad the 5 min major didn't effect the outcome of the game.
i find it hard to be mad at the refs for that because in real time at the game it really looked like Nino just plowed into him for no reason. The way they were all lined up in relation to one another you could have mistaken Nino's intent even if it was logically ridiculous to think he was attempting to hammer someone without the puck instead of going aggro on the puck carrier as was his obvious assignment.
Your opinion is interesting. I'm a fan of neither team, but how I saw it was that he tried, unsuccessfully, to trip Faksa, and went deeper on Sharp.
The most blame I can assign to Nino here is that he may have been playing "chicken" with Faksa to try to inconvenience him as he turned up-ice. I don't think he'd actually want to cause a collision there, though because his team is protecting a two-goal lead with 2 minutes left at the time. Personally, I don't think he saw him as he was focused on the puck. But regardless, after that contact did happen, I don't think he had any real control over what happened next.
Based on the situation and the player, it doesn't really make any sense for any of this to be intentional. As we've seen before, what the video "looks like" doesn't really mean anything, given accidents can look intentional and vice versa.