After watching Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks completely undress and massacre the New York Rangers Tuesday night, I could not help but notice all of negativity toward the 19-year-old forward for “showboating”.
The Rangers were unhappy for obvious reasons, already down 7-2, Hertl scored going between his legs. But was it really showboating? In my opinion, no.
The goal was just a stunning display of skill and there is no reason why anyone should be upset about it. The kid is 19-years-old, scoring four goals in one game, let him enjoy it without getting scrutinized.
If you have not seen the goal, here it is.
The Sharks did not play Hertl for the remaining 7:55 of the game in fear of retaliation from the Rangers players. Smart move on head coach Todd McLellan’s part.
But come on now hockey fans. We have seen a lot worse from players over the years. Have we forgotten Nail Yakupov’s celebration last year?
That is showboating. We have seen even worse from Alexander Ovechkin with his “Stick on Fire” celebration following his 50th goal. That was also showboating.
But the most remarkable thing about this entire situation was Sharks captain Joe Thornton’s comments on Hertl’s “showboating”.
While Patrick Marleau was being asked about the situation, Thornton told reporters to “shut up, have you ever played the game?” and then went a little further:
“I’d have my c*** out if I scored four goals. I’d have my c*** out, stroking it.” – via Jason Botchford, The Vancouver Province.
Fill in the blanks, yes, he really did say that. In fact, he shouted it to every reporter in the room.
Now let’s all hope Thornton does not score four goals in a game, but if he did, that would be a spectacle that you could call showboating…