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Tailing the Komets

What did you think?

Who did you think hustled the most tonight? Who impressed you? Who stood out to you?

Posted in: Komets


Blake Sebring
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 10:58pm

Brad MacMillan suffered a concussion and Olivier Legault re-injured his shoulder, according to coach Al Sims in the post-game. That means the Komets will skate two men short for the rest of the weekend.

Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:03pm

Of course Drouin hustled and Dupuis. But, I am very impressed with Gravelle's improvement. And, Osman is looking better and better. Although they need to work on setting up plays and staying in front of the net!!!, they did well.

Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:34pm

Why would Mac be out the whole weekend? Is it standard procedure? How did Legualt get hurt he didn't do anything out there

Blake Sebring
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:45pm

The Komets are always very careful with concussions. I didn't see Mac after the game, but Sims said he got caught pretty good. As for Legault, his shoulder really never had a chance to heal. He's been playing hurt. I think I remember seeing him go for a check tonight and miss and hit the glass, but that's kind of vague.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 8:37am

They all did!!

Happy B-Day Blake!

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 8:43am

Bouch played a great game last night...and we fianlly won one, it feels like it's been forever!

I would like to point out the unsportman like conduct of Nick Boucher's wife. Now I am a 7 year season ticket holder, and bring my nine year old son to the games. After the game last night, as we are standing, applauding for a job well done, this woman turns around and flips off what seems to be, my entire section. Now I know that we have been harsh on Nick in the recent weeks, but isn't that my right as a hockey fan? After all, as a season ticket holder, don't we kinda pay his salary? I just believe that the wife off a hockey player needs to have some thick skin, as do the players themselves. She is representing the team when she sits in the stands, and she's not doing a very good job of that. I have lost any respect I had for this woman, and I feel that she needs to grow up and have some courtesy for the kids that come to the games!!

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 10:07am

Legault was injured when he was standing in front of the net. I don't remember who it was, but he was giving Legault cross check after cross check (wasn't dirty, just trying to clear him from in front of the net) and the last one was on his left shoulder. As soon as that happened it was like his left arm just went limp and he skated off the ice and that was it for him.

Chad Ryan
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 10:28am

While that kind of response may be less than classy and I won't defend it, I will also say that while I was shooting the game from up between 212 and 214 some of the comments I heard being directed at Boucher were not exactly kid friendly either and also quite less than classy.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 10:32am

I think it is a shame that Mac, at 5'10" has to fight guys that are a 1/2 foot taller than him all the time. Don't we have a guy that is 6'5" that is pretty tough? I just don't understand what has happened to Legault. If he is not going to play the enforcer role, let him go. He is not a strong skater, not a scorer, not a great defensive forward. Bring someone in who will contribute in that roster spot.

Just my opinion.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 10:54am

PC really showed some hustle tonight. And Jason, what goes around comes around. You can't expect people to yell at your wife and then not have you respond. It's a hockey game- not church.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 11:01am

I saw what happened to Legault. Some K-Wing playere was shoving up aganst him and pushed him a little bit, then I saw Legault start holding his shoulder and skated off. But the thing you said Blake could have started up the pain more.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 11:30am

I must say that Leo Thomas may have played his best game and not scored a point. He played with reckless abandonment. He blocked shots threw checks and really hustled. We saw results of P.C. Drouin's play. That whole line worked very hard all night. Late in the third period Shafranov put a NHL move that left the defender looking for, lets just say his supporter. Boucher left very few rebounds. He needs to do more of that. He played a great game. The new guys played like they had been here all year. Good job by everyone. Lets do it again tonight.

t-n-t 2009
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 11:39am

all i want to know is why in the heck did we get rid of lewis when he aleast would put his heart n soul out there every game for all his regular shifts but we keep the big over sized weeping willow tree of legault who doesnt even get regular shifts or doesnt do a dang thing when hes out there!!!!!!
what another brilliant move by the frankes. and as far as mac fighting guys a half foot bigger than him he has to and wants too, he is our enforcer not big boy leagirl, i mean lagault. and he has handled them big guys all season, stayzer got a good lucky punch in thats all. mac has already beat down stayzer this season and believe you me he will do it again. as far as boucher's wife goes, its all part of the game. he does crapy or the rest of the team does crapy we as fans have the right to voice our opionion. we stand behind our team, but we also dont want to watch the team just play part of a game. was she right, no she was wrong, but you just get caught up in the moment. i can understand that but she does represent the komets and she needs to have better control on those situations.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 12:13pm

I really like the way Gravelle is playing. He may not put up the points but he sure busts his butt every night and leaves nothing on the ice! I could see him winning the unsung hero award at the end of the year!!
Mac had no reason fighting a guy that is that much taller then he is and it showed why!!

t-n-t 2009
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 4:10pm

kometfan21, is that why mac has already beat up on stayzer earlier this season? stayzer got a good punch in last night, so what,its mac-1, stayzer-1, next mac -2 when he gets healthy. size has nothing to do with it other then the littler guys want nothing to do with him. i bet mac wont look the other way, like legault did, he will just drop the gloves then drop stayzer like all the rest of mac's fights. give me a break, he takes one good punch and now u think he shouldn't fight guys that size,when he's done it all season long and doing it well , go back and watch the fights!!! enough said!

Blake Sebring
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 4:23pm

Legault has been hurt. Right shoulder so he can't throw a punch. He probably should not have been playing but he knew the team needed bodies. At least give him credit for that.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 4:50pm

I have never been a Boucher fan, but I have to say, he played very well last night. He covered the corners well and left no rebounds for K-zoo to pounce on. I was very impressed with Vince Tarantino too. He played a great game which made me wonder why we cut him during training camp? Must have been because of his size but I think he makes up for that in his play. PC was great, as usual. Gravelle and Varone really hustled and took the body. The confidence level of the guys went up a notch last night and they showed it I just wish we had somebody park themselves in front of the net more often and that someone would be around to pick up a rebound shot once in a while and put it in the net for us.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 5:56pm

The guys played really good defense and better quality on the shots on goal and as a result, better scoring chances.

Looking at the gamesheet the item that really impressed me was only one penalty called against us in the third period.

Speaking of Boucher. I did not see or hear the incident regarding his wife but I did speak to Nick after the game to congratulate him on the win and shutout. He was very appreciative of my comments and I could sense that he felt very relieved to get the 800 lb gorilla off his back that he has been carrying lately.

Overall, a much better effort and a real confidence booster.

t-n-t 2009
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 7:20pm

well blake, if thats the case that legault has been hurt and cant play to his ability, then he should have been a man and stood up and removed himself from the team and let a healthy guy like lewis stay and play to help the team. legaut is absolutely no help to us riding the pine pony and coming out for only a few shifts and then doing nothing when he comes out. boy what a team player, again last time i checked, there is no "I" in "TEAM". wow, now i lost even more respect for the weeping willow tree!!

Blake Sebring
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 7:54pm

Somebody using a screen name to insult others is losing respect for someone? That's rich. BTW, Lewis is playing tonight.

t-n-t 2009
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 8:43pm

screen name or not blake, i dont have an issue with telling legault to his face what i have been saying on this blog nor to anyone else. i have watched 30+ years of hockey good and bad as a season ticket holder. but when i see a player that i know what he can do and then he comes back and plays like this then yes i get a little angered. chaulk was on that list a few years ago too, when he came back and played like crap and was nothing but a puck hog, i had words for him. but when he returned to playing the way he can i have praised him, as i will do with legault. i dont like seeing people trying to skate by, when i know they have the potential to be better. its a waste and it hurts our team!
and yes, i see lewis is back in the line up,YEAH!!! but do you know for how long? what i really miss is the weekly on air show that they used to have for fans to call in and ask questions, what ever happened to that?

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 8:57pm

Regarding Mac being out, that would depend on how bad the concussion was. I had one once that made it difficult to keep food down for three days. Head injuries make you nauseous... who knew? I certainly wouldn't have been playing any hockey! In any case, I hope Brad will be feeling better soon, and that Legault is on the mend soon. Good job to everyone last night. Wish I could have been there.

Sat, 01/17/2009 - 10:03pm

you can argue lewis or legault all you want but when youre being paid you usually dont pull yourself out of the lineup unless you really cant go. as far as lewis, we are wasting a vet spot on a good defensive forward. wasting it cause we already have hukalo and we dont need two. i think something is in the works and we needed the vet spot. i think in the next week you will see some movement. lewis is backwith the team only until the roster is full of bodies again. good guy, but kinda expendable right now.

Sun, 01/18/2009 - 11:53am

so......."I know that we have been harsh on Nick in the recent weeks"....with that being typed above, what have you been saying to / about Nick? what kind of example are you providing for your son?

Statistically he is the best goaltender in the league, why on earth would anyone bash the best goaltender in the league?

Are our fans that stupid? (not the majority of them)


with 1 shutout and 64 saves so far this week i think he has goaltender of the week honors locked up as well.

Now if someone were to say something bad about my family i would respond........

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 01/18/2009 - 2:11pm

Tarantino went under the radar in my opinion Friday night.

This kid played very well. I made it a point to watch him to see how he would play being his 2nd game and 1st in front of the home crowd. He played very very well. never panicked with the puck, always made a solid pass. He also forced the puck-handlers towards the boards and broke-up several plays by swiping the puck away. He did not look out of place at all, and migh have been our best defenser Friday night. He was on the Penalty Kill and was even double-shifting late in the game, and we actually were seeing less of Guy this game, which to me, is good because he is getting over-worked.

Great Job to #52....I was impressed with him. He played a solid game as a defender. Very happy with him.

Sun, 01/18/2009 - 3:21pm

Go, Gaby, Go!

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 3:12pm

Boucher IHL Goaltender of the week! Boucher finished the week with a 2-0-0-1 record, playing a total of 185 minutes and earned one shutout. He recorded a 0.97 goals against average and a .968 save percentage, only allowing three goals against in three games. Boucher stopped two penalty shots in two games this week, one in Port Huron and one versus Muskegon. The 28-year-old Cobble Hill, British Columbia native currently leads all IHL goaltenders with a 2.70 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in 27 games played so far this season.