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Linus Omark, Dan Ellis and the respect factor

Oilers rookie Linus Omark made himself an internet sensation for the second time in his hockey life, both courtesy the shootout.

The first came in for Sweden in an international competition two years ago, a move that drew laughs and cheers.

The second, in his NHL debut, drew something less than that from the Lightning. Here's how Tampa goalie Dan Ellis reacted to Omark's mid-ice spin-o-rama, fake-slapper goal to help Edmonton over the Lightning, courtesy Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times:

"It's embarrassing for him. You come into a league, a respectful league like this, and you try a little move like that. It's not a very classy thing. That's just the kind of person he is."

Well, a few things to remark upon off Ellis' comment:

1) It's a shootout, pal. The gimmick part of the game. Don't like to be shown up? Stop the puck.

2) Much like Braylon Edwards' comments after the Jets got pasted by the Pats on Monday, Ellis' comments ring of a guy who just got beat. Again, you don't want to be shown up or embarrassed in pro sports? Play better.

3) Ellis may not be the right pro athlete to talk about respect, given his disastrous stay on Twitter.

I agree that shootouts are gimmickry, but that means guys can do what they want. The goal is to score and win a game for your team.

New York Sports