How long have goalies lodged water bottles atop their cages — at least 20 years now? And during that time we’ve come to distinguish exceptional marksmanship principally by a shooter’s ability to dislodge a netminder’s water bottle from its perch.
But what do we think of a shooter who doesn’t merely displace a water bottle but all of the water in it as well? That’s precisely what Alexander Semin did during Wednesday night’s third period against Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Have you seen any other NHLer pull that off, ever? Or any other hockey player for that matter?
If you pay close attention to the NHL’s video of the goal, you’ll notice a brief explosion of water behind Giggy right before the Verizon Center faithful realize that the Caps have scored again. I was seated way up high in the Phone Booth Wednesday night and noticed this extraordinary consequence of Semin’s sniping only from the high-def replays on the television screens overhead in the press box. I don’t remember a moment like it — certainly not from any other Capitals’ shooter, ever. Do you? Semin may have destroyed Giggy’s water bottle altogether. Doesn’t such a feat deserve a special designation? I kind of like The Single Bullet Theory, which can take out a whole lot.