I refer of course to Ryane Clowe’s somewhat — er — controversial poke check from the bench during the Kings’ late third period power play in tonight’s game (which is actually still happening). The reason I don’t think he’s just a moron (he may be a moron, but as far as this action is concerned), is this:
That’s not a move you just spontaneously whip out. That’s something you have to have thought about. It requires a specific set of circumstances. It’s a quick break, which means one linesman is still on the other blue line (not looking up ice yet) and the other one is busting his ass to get in position at the other blue line. Because it’s a quick break-out, the back ref is a million miles away. And the other ref is on the far side of the ice, with Stoll and a back-checker blocking his view (at least, I think they were).
I don’t think it was a spur-of-the-moment dumb-ass move. I think it was something he’s been waiting to try for awhile.
And we’re going to a shoot-out.