SAN JOSE - As a card-carrying member of the Fun Police (Calgary detachment, badge N0HAHA) it should be easy to side with the likes of Don Cherry and Adam Oates.
Their contention is that scoring a highlight-reel goal that puts individual skills on true display in a one-sided game is showboating and disrespecting the NHL and the game.
Despite being a fellow curmudgeon, the disrespect seen already in this NHL season has nothing to do with a rookie player scoring a highlight-reel, stick-between-the-legs goal.
Disrespecting the game is Buffalo Sabres suspension-in-waiting Patrick Kaleta hitting yet another player from his blind side. Or St. Louis Blues forward Max Lapierre drilling the San Jose Sharks’ Dan Boyle from behind.
Disrespecting the game isn’t just reserved for suspension-worthy events.