Leo Komarov Celebrated A No-Look Assist From Auston Matthews The Only Way That Was Truly Appropriate
Disrespectful. Amatuerish. Unprofessional. If you're an uptight nancy then there's no shortage of disparaging things you can semi-accurately say about Leo Kamarov's decision to give Bruce Orpik a shoulder to lean on after his teammate defied one of the five senses by threading a spinning no-look pass right on to his tape. That said, I'm going to go with necessary. If there's someone who absolutely needed sympathy then it's the defenseman who did almost everything right but still ended up on the ass end of a highlight reel goal. Sure, Komarov was just trying to mock his opponent and provide a equally outlandish celebration for a dish so creative that it could put ethnic night at Rachel Rae's house on a poster, but he did so in a way that acknowledged how distraught and bewildered the person responsible for taking away the lane undoubtedly was. That proverbial "oh, I am soooo sorry" couldn't have been more disingenuous, but at least it halfheartedly made light of the fact that Brooks Orpik fell victim to the superhuman skillset of one of the best young players in the sport instead of falling victim to his own net-front negligence. That underhanded show of compassion was still a show of compassion...even if it did deserve to be met with far more than a stiff shove.