The NHL playoffs are well underway, and while most sports fans are too invested in the beginning of baseball season to care, it has to be said that hockey can lock horns with the best in sports when it comes to debatable plays.
Last night was one of those shady, debatable plays as New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider collided with Montreal Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price in a breakaway goal attempt, causing Price to come out in the third period and, ultimately, the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Was Kreider’s intent to crash into Price? Did Alexei Emelin’s stick swat upend Kreider enough for him to lose control? Is Kreider suspiciously in this sort of play way too much to be coincidence?
I don’t know these answers. What I do know is that this scene was ripe for a good, old-fashioned The Karate Kid reference that Tom Brady would be proud of.
Sweep the leg, Chrissy! You have made hockey a more interesting place.