Seidenberg scores with long red line bombs

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Seidenberg scores with long red line bombs

WILMINGTON Heres a good question: Why dont more defensemen just rear back and fire away at the net from center ice like Dennis Seidenberg did for the game-winner in Tuesday nights game?

Its the second time in two years that Seidenberg has collected a goal from 90 feet simply by attacking the net aggressively with a dump-in attempt. The first happened against the Tampa Bay Lightning when then-Bolts goaltender Mike Smith fell for Seidenberg's fake of a dump-in attempt into the corner.Smith obediently took the first couple of steps toward the corner, and Seidenberg instead fired the puck into the open net for a surprise goal.

This time, Seidenberg was crossing through the faceoff circle at center ice and launched a shot on Craig Anderson that somehow trickled through Anderson's pads on the way to the back of the net.

For some reason I just happened to score from the red line like I did last year, said Seidenberg, who has enjoyed back-to-back multiple-point games. Ill take those goals for sure. You dont expect to score from there. You try to get it on his pads and maybe a rebound spits out and you go from there.

The goalies are pretty good and they know how to play those bounces, but sometimes it sneaks by them. It took a weird bounce, took off, went down and then it was rising again. They can be tough to read and sometimes they just sneak by somehow.

The fact that such a fluke goal ended up being the game-winner forced some of the Bruins defensemen to wonder why they dont simply throw it at the net more often. Seidenbergs goal was aided by a giant skip the puck took off the ice after he fired it toward the net.

"Yeah, the idea, if youre playing a goalie that cheats or thats cheating on the rims, is to act like youre dumping in the corner and then put it on him, said Joe Corvo with a smile on his face. I dont think he was going for a rim there, it just took a skip there at the end. Its always a possibility. I think thats why D-men probably take so many shots from just inside the red line. Its always a possibility.

Perhaps the steamed red line slap shot could become a secret weapon in the Bs defensemen arsenal with Seidenberg as its chief practitioner.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.