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NHLDid You See That: Boom goes the composite stick

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 | 08:19 PM

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David Backes, shown in this 2011 file photo, feels the pain of a having a shot muffed by a shattered composite stick. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) David Backes, shown in this 2011 file photo, feels the pain of a having a shot muffed by a shattered composite stick. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Chris Neil's pretty (amazing, sick, alley-oop'ish, etc.) deflection goal on Sunday night in Ottawa against the Islanders should have had a second assist added to it - whoever manufactures defenceman Mark Streit's hockey stick.
Chris Neil's pretty (amazing, sick, alley-oop'ish, etc.) deflection goal on Sunday night in Ottawa against the Islanders should have had a second assist added to it - whoever manufactures defenceman Mark Streit's hockey stick.

Streit winds up for a slapper on the Ottawa blue line when - surprise! - his stick dissolves in his hands, leading to the aforementioned Neil tally.

It seems every time I turn on a game, D-men across the league are being victimized by their own faulty gear - a rash of exploding equipment not seen since baseball's love affair with the maple bat.

Since it's generally agreed that defenceman need to protect their own end by keeping the puck inside the offensive blue line - do you think it might be time for coaches or GMs to insist their rearguards switch back to sticks that don't shatter in what seems like one out of every three slap shot attempts?

One can only imagine the thoughts of coaches victimized by such plays on Sunday. I prefer to imagine Jack Capuano wondering aloud after the game "Composite sticks? Composed of what? Porcelain?!"

And if you're using the 'more flexibility = more power' argument, I present to you exhibit No. 1: Al MacInnis and his stick made of (gasp!) wood - registering shots in excess of 100 mph (or 160 km/h).



It may be considered backward thinking, but we're not talking about moving back to the days where pucks were composed of frozen cow patties ... although I'm pretty sure that's what Patrick Kane's exploding puck was made of.

Throwing it out there

Aside from the explosion of stick ... well, explosions, there were a few other plays in which players sticks influenced a game. Specifically, throwing the stick penalties - I think as though you could go months without seeing one handed out, but in this past week, there were three.

1. The Rangers' Michael Del Zotto was whistled for shooting teammate Brian Boyle's stick back to him in the offensive zone against the Islanders on Friday, resulting in a PP goal for the Isles.

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The Sabres' Tyler Ennis was sent to the penalty box for shuffling Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist's stick away from him.

3. During Saturday night's Kings-Flames tilt on Hockey Night in Canada, Curtis Glencross pulled a track meet play and was served with a throwing the stick minor for treating a hockey stick like a baton.



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