Re: Itan Chavira Plays First Pro Game
In last night's NHL game between the Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars, the game went into overtime and then a shootout. Mike Ribeiro scored a fantastic shootout goal for the Stars by passing the puck between his legs, skating away from the puck, and then extending his stick to push the puck past Kings' goaltender Erik Ersberg.
Then Derek Armstrong jawed at Ribeiro, probably saying that sort of move had no place in the game. Well, I am a huge Kings' fan, and I think Armstrong is nuts. It was an awesome goal, and it faked Ersberg out of his socks. And then the Kings got a goal from Alexander Frolov, tweeners on Marty Turco, and the Kings won the game. Would Armstrong have been happier if Ribeiro had not done the fancy move, Frolov had missed, and the Stars had won?
Thank heaven for players like Itan Chavira. As Joe Noris told me when I interviewed him for my RHI book on Monday, "Itan is the poster boy for our sport. That’s the greatest thing about our game – the dipsy-doodle."
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