JWatt (formerly PMS) wrote:
Janssen laid into Price just about as much as he thought he could get away with. If Janssen wasn't looking to hit Price, why did he not even make a play at the puck? He would have had an empty net. If I were looking to get the puck, I would have pinched myself along the boards to try and block his pass.
It's a loose puck along the near boards and their goalie is trying to beat you to the puck... and he leaves an empty net behind him...uhhh...Janssen would be stupid to think about checking Price and not worrying about the puck.
I just watched it again, and yup...Janssen was playing the puck...that's all he was trying to do. He came in full steam and was reaching out with his stick trying to poke the puck by Price before Price could get to it...and then the collided.
I think Janssen's only thought was getting to the puck first, and once he was there, there was nowhere else to go so he tried jumping between Price and the boards and he ended up knocking Price over and going airborne.
Watch the video again. Price knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the net was empty behind him and Janssen was going to get to the puck about the same time as him, so Price stepped into Janssen so he couldn't go anywhere and so he couldn't come away with the puck, AND Janssen would get an goaltender interference penalty for touching him. Smart play by Price? Sure. But no way is Janssen the bad guy here. He was going for the puck all the way.