Alright, San Jose rookie Tomas Hertle had a 4 goal game the other day. The 4th goal was a play from the side of the net where he put his stick between his legs and scored. I thought it was brilliant and represents a lot of talent in hockey, which we like to see. Some people took offense to it. Here is my take on the goal. He's a rookie for starters and he's going to get excited and try to be creative. We should never let that get in the way of anyone. Seconldy, he didn't gloat after the goal, it made it 8-2 and he didn't pull a Sean Avery after the goal. Third, he was still playing in an NHL game. You know, I never understand this movement that you have to stop trying to score when the game is out of reach. If the score is 5-1 I am trying to get that 6th goal. Because my feeling is, if you don't try to score, then that is the true smack in the face against the other team, not actually TRYING to score. You keep playing your best regardless, or else it smacks of ignorance to the other team. So, you know, the Rangers could have done something to Hertle, they could have stopped him. But they didn't. He shouldn't stop trying, and if he does what he does to score goals then it is your fault for being unable to stop him. Lastly, it was a partial breakaway. That was a brilliant move that tricked the goalie. If the game is tied 2-2 I would nail him to the bench if he missed that low percentage shot, but he tried something new and the angle he was coming in from made sense for him to do that move. So I say give the kid a break. I'll also mention that there have been ample times when players have continued to play at a high level and certain times when I've seen a move between the legs. Such as: Start watching at 1:45 Then this one, where Mario gets 5 goals in a game and makes it look easy Bottom line is, if a team is going to let you score 5 goals in a game (or 4 for Hertle) then why fight it? Keep on trucking. Keep trying to score. Of course if you score a goal and the score is 8-2, you use tact and don't jump around like you've won the lottery, but that's another story. What Hertle did was fine with me. You're offended with it? Then do yourself a favour and throw a hard check on the guy and try and STOP him.