Calgary goalie Joey MacDonald has been run over twice in the Flames' crease during his past two games and coach Bob Hartley is furious about it.
"That’s something I hope the (National Hockey League) is going to be looking at," Hartley said shortly after his team — powered by MacDonald’s netminding and Matt Stajan’s two goals — dumped the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday night. "Not from a standpoint of (only) Joey MacDonald ... but for goalies, the blue paint is almost like toll booths right now. Players come in and they just drive those nets. There’s already been a few goalies getting injured because of contact. (First-string Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff) is one of them. So I think that has to stop. Maybe a two-minute penalty is just not enough." Wednesday, it had been Trevor Lewis, of the Los Angeles Kings, who thumped MacDonald back into his net — basically straight on.
Saturday, it was Jason Zucker, who, taking a shortcut through MacDonald’s crease, had knocked out the right leg of the netminder. In both cases, MacDonald was shaken up and the intruders were penalized with minors.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 09:52:00 AM