A day later, Linus Omark's spinning shootout move still bothers the Tampa Bay Lightning
A day after the Oilers Linus Omark made a little spin move on his way toward the net and his game-ending shootout goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay players still had a bad taste in their mouths.
Completely unprompted, left wing Simon Gagne said the move showed disrespect for an opponent. "I think it was a little bit overboard," Gagne said. "It's okay, you make a nice move if you want to, you're allowed to do it, but you don't need to do those little things before. It's a line that you're not allowed to cross, and he did it on this one." Coach Guy Boucher, who declined to comment on Omark's spin-o-rama move at the blue line as he skated toward goalie Dan Ellis, said Saturday, "I didn't lose any sleep over it. He's not my player. But the players were (mad) on the bench even before the goal. You could see them, 'What the (bleep).' " Asked if Omark, 23, in his first NHL game, showed disrespect toward the Lightning, Gagne said, "A little bit. You don't need to do that spin-o-rama. You come into the league, it's your first game. It's not something a guy who has been in the league 10 years would do. You don't see a guy like Sidney Crosby doing that." In case you missed it, here is the replay:
Other pregame stuff: Dan Ellis will get his third straight start in net, which not only means Ellis has at least been okay as he tries to find consistency, but Mike Smith's confidence must be shot. ... The game is the last in a stretch in which Tampa Bay will play 15 of 21 on the road. The Lightning is 9-8-3 so far and 5-7-2 on the road. "If we come home after this crazy stretch, coming home over .500 on the road (the Lightning is 8-8-2 on the season), it's quite an accomplishment with the guys missing and the schedule we had," Boucher said. ... Steven Stamkos, after Friday's game in which he scored for the first time in seven, said the tally, his 22nd of the season, took some pressure off. "It was getting a little frustrating," he said. "Marty (St. Louis) was just telling me to stay positive. Hopefully, that will get things rolling." ... The game with the Canucks was originally scheduled to start at 10 p.m. eastern time but was pushed back 30 minutes for a pregame ceremony honoring Canucks great Markus Naslund. ... St. Louis' assist on Stamkos' goal was Marty's 420th as a Lightning and gave him the franchise lead. ... No word yet on the long-term status of left wing Mattias Ritola, who spoke Saturday with general manager Steve Yzerman about a plan to help him battle the Meniere's disease that causes dizziness and ringing in his right ear and, apparently, is exacerbated by the pressure of plane travel. ... Vancouver will have Cory Schneider in net instead of Roberto Luongo. Schneider, 3-0-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in six games, hasn't played since Nov. 20 against the Blackhawks and hasn't started since Nov. 15 at Buffalo. ... Captain Vinny Lecavalier, out since Nov. 122 because of knuckle surgery, could begin practicing after Christmas, Yzerman said. ... Lecavalier's charity wine tasting, which was rescheduledd because of his surgery, will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at SideBern's restaurant in Tampa. Tickets are $100; (813) 258-2233 or bernsfinewines.com.