Friday, December 9, 2011

Over-Celebrating?

It seems like over-celebrating has been all the rage in the world of sports over the past few months, and that trend continued on Thursday night in the NHL!

From “Tebowing” and “The Burris” in the NFL, to Arron Asham’s controversial “Go to Sleep” move earlier this season, it seems like guys just keep on finding new ways to express themselves out there. Well, you can add New York Rangers “sniper” Artem Anisimov to that list!

Things got ugly at MSG after Anisimov scored a beautiful shorthanded goal to put his club up 2-1 over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. As he skated away from the net, Anisimov morphed into a Teemu Selanne/Tim Tebow hybrid, flipping his stick around, dropping to one knee and pretending to “shoot” Bolts goalie Mathieu Garon!




As you can see, the Lightning players didn’t take too kindly to that move, resulting in a total of 38 penalty minutes handed out afterwards.

If you’re wondering why the Bolts were so sensitive on Thursday, they’d had a pretty bad day up to that point. Martin St. Louis took a Dominic Moore shot off the face at the team’s morning skate and had to sit out, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 499.

At the end of the day though, they got the two points – Moore scored a shorthanded goal to tie it in the third and then potted the shootout winner.

Back to Anisimov’s celebration though – was it really that bad? I think you’ve got to at least give him credit for doing something we haven’t seen before!

What do you think: Should Anisimov retire the Teemu Tebow?

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