Home Ice

VIDEO: Steve Ott licks Jeff Halpern...but not in a fight


By Allan Muir

No doubt about it. That was a distinct licking motion.

Steve Ott, a favorite of the Home Ice crew, has always gone the extra mile to take an opponent off his game. But what he did in tonight's game against the Canadiens takes the agitation game to a strange new place.

Facing off against Montreal's Jeff Halpern, Ott leaned in and licked the Montreal center's visor. No telling whether that was planned or just spur-of-the-moment insanity, but one thing is clear: We are witnessing a master at work.

Somehow, I think Esa Tikkanen would be proud.