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Players who showboat after scoring

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Be happy, hug your teammates, smile big, and enjoy the moment.

You don't have to act like you are the centre of the universe. Just act like your team is.

Big goals get a pass- Mac in the SCF of '97, Eruzione in '80 Olympics- things like that where the circumstances are huge are reason to celebrate a bit more than the 3rd goal of the 2nd period on a Tuesday in February vs the Panthers.

If it's a natural happiness, be happy. If you've planned it out, forget it.

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It's a game. And, for the record, this isn't the first generation to "showboat." In fact, I suspect one reason this generation (whatever that really means) does it is because it/they gew up watching their elders do it.



Also - we don't necessarily know/acknowledge "the real story," or "the full context," around every goal. Maybe Tortorella absolutely tears x guy apart before x game against the Lightning. So maybe his goal in the third period means a lot to him. Might even mean a lot to the team in the big picture, depending on how things are going on several different levels.

Stuff like that.

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Also - we take for granted how insanely difficult it is (for most) (i.e. the mortal, non-Datsyuk crowd) to make it to the NHL, let alone hold down a roster spot, let alone score with regularity, etc. Sometimes a guy just needs to *******, without the hookers.

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Some of us grew up with Steve Yzerman... Stick in the air meet with your team act like you've been there before! Now of course there are different circumstances, OT in the playoffs huge goals in the third of game 7. But this throw ourself into the glass when we make it 3-0 or this on one knee sliding into the wall when you've had over 100 career goals, give me a break. Act like you've been there and that your going to be there again!

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I don't mind it at all. I think it's poor sportsmanship, if it bothers you

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I dont like it. One of my favorite things about Barry Sanders was the class he displayed on the field. He would score a TD, hand the ball to the ref and walk off the field.

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Not really showboating, but some of my favorite goal "celebrations".

I am on the fence about eccentric celebrating. I think it's ok every once in a while, like after scoring a huge goal. For example, the Yakupov celebration was a little much, but Theo Fleury's was just pure emotion.

Sometimes it brings a lot of energy to a team I think, and that's never a bad thing.

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Some of us grew up with Steve Yzerman... Stick in the air meet with your team act like you've been there before! Now of course there are different circumstances, OT in the playoffs huge goals in the third of game 7. But this throw ourself into the glass when we make it 3-0 or this on one knee sliding into the wall when you've had over 100 career goals, give me a break. Act like you've been there and that your going to be there again!

This is what I was thinking of when I started this thread.

I dont like it. One of my favorite things about Barry Sanders was the class he displayed on the field. He would score a TD, hand the ball to the ref and walk off the field.

Thiss too.

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I love the way Pasha celebrates, he can make opponents absolutely look like beer-league players but never ever does the showboat. I HATE the way guys like Ovechkin, Yakupov, Kadri, Dupuis and Kane are celebrating, stay classy guys!

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Time and place

Guy scores a goal when the team is up 3-0....it's lame. When you are talking about a series clincher or a OT buzzer beater, then rock the house. I mean, when the wings score a huge goal, I as a fan am jumping off the couch so I can understand the passion.

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Right, like I said, I had a feeling there was going to be a lot of people who view it from the other side.

Let me be clear that I am excluding OT winners, first goals, stuff like that.

It is guys like Patrick Kane (who was mentioned) and Tyler Kennedy who make a spectacle out of it every time they score.

You don't really see guys like Crosby, Toews, or Datsyuk celebrate like a maniac everytime they score. Act like you've done it before and you expect to do it again.

But is this a valid point: you see the younger generation of players doing this more so than the older generation?

Yup.

Years ago (talking 1980's) you'd get run at the next shift you took if ya got a little over zealous with your celebration.

I recall watching a Wings game in the late 1990's...Wings were sluggish, played like crap, and were down 4-0...Fedorov scores with a few minutes on the board making it 4-1, and he's dancing around...I recall the displeasure in Mickey's voice as he talks about Feds late game goal.

Not more than 30 seconds later Stevie scores making it 4-2 - however he doesn't show any emotion - he just gives a few "hi-fives" on the ice as he skates to the bench...Seconds later the game ends - however Mickey is still telling the viewing audience "that's how ya do it kids".

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From Wikipedia:

Billy Reay has been credited as the first person to raise his arms and stick in celebration after scoring a goal.

This was when he was playing for Montreal in the 1945-46 season, following World War II. I remember reading an article in the Toronto Star a few years ago about how the League wanted to inject more emotion following the scoring of a goal. They actually sent a memo to each team, reminding them of the new "celebration".

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Ovechkin somehow comes to mind. As a few other players. The one celebration of.....

Jumping into the boards has become so cliché like in American Football when players after scoring a touchdown run and jump into eachother.

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It's all about context. Brunner's goal last night got a pretty emphatic uppercut. But the team was hot at the time, and Brunner had been rumored to be a potential scratch candidate, so I don't blame him for being excited about his 1st playoff goal.

Most of the big "controversial" celebrations never bother me. They show a clip of the goal and what comes after completely out of context. The Yakupov thing is the perfect example - they'll show that three years from now and people will be like "why was he celebrating like that for an early meaningless game on a team that missed the playoffs?" EDM had a goal taken away from them right before that and scored again with like 10 seconds, it was a great moment. Why not live it up.

The only thing you don't do is the Anisimov thing (rifle/bazooka) where it appears directed at the other team.

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It's all about context. Brunner's goal last night got a pretty emphatic uppercut. But the team was hot at the time, and Brunner had been rumored to be a potential scratch candidate, so I don't blame him for being excited about his 1st playoff goal.

Most of the big "controversial" celebrations never bother me. They show a clip of the goal and what comes after completely out of context. The Yakupov thing is the perfect example - they'll show that three years from now and people will be like "why was he celebrating like that for an early meaningless game on a team that missed the playoffs?" EDM had a goal taken away from them right before that and scored again with like 10 seconds, it was a great moment. Why not live it up.

The only thing you don't do is the Anisimov thing (rifle/bazooka) where it appears directed at the other team.

Huge. Anything seen as a threat beyond scoring more goals than the other team shouldn't be.

Taunting and things like that are poor sportsmanship, and I hope that the other team silences the celebration by going out and scoring an answering goal.

Threats, even though they're usually in jest, just have too true of a ring nowadays.

There's a difference between celebrating because you're happy that you did something good for your team and being an ass to your opponent.

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