I don’t get these guys that get off on damaging equipment whenever they botch a play. Take Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard. Dude gets beat by a cherry-picking Ilya Kovalchuk and then inexplicably cracks his goalie right in the head. Then–while looking right at the fallen Tomas Vokoun–he just skates off. It’s just an amazing act of carelessness, and honestly, I wonder how Ballard was treated in that Panthers dressing room at the end of this game, which the Panthers lost. Turns out that Vokoun just suffered an ear laceration. He still did better than Ballard, who still apparently has a gash laceration. That’s not much of a takedown, but I’m still on my first cup of coffee… –Ramblings of the Unmotivated.