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Keith Ballard: Goalie Enemy No. 1?

Mask2 About to get on a plane to head up to Washington DC for tonight's Southeastern tilt between the Panthers and Caps.

Thanks to astute reader Andy, just got forwarded a Tweet from someone named 'Jose Theodore.' Apparently he's a goalie.

josetheodore hope my new mask gets here in time to face Ballard & the Panthers http://bit.ly/5UhDyF

So is this a low blow from the Caps goalie?

Nope. It's a fake Twitter account, so says pal Tarik El-Bashir of The Washington Post.

But there's no doubt people in hockey (save for Adam Foote) are having fun with the Keith Ballard situation. In case you missed it, Ballard knocked out teammate Tomas Vokoun with a blow to the head on Monday, then bowled over Colorado's Craig Anderson and knocked him out of Wednesday's game in overtime.

ESPN made sure it had highlights of it on SportsCenter last night, and it seemed Denis and the NHL Network crew had fun with it as well.

Does Ballard go 3-for-3 tonight against the real Jose Theodore?

Doubtful. There's little doubt that Ballard didn't mean to hurt either guy; he's friends with both for goodness sake. Last night he was playing hard, coming hard at the net with a chance to win the game for his team. Andy was out of the crease and there was a collision. A hard collision. These things happen.

They just seem to happen to Keith Ballard more than anyone else these days.