Wednesday, April 11, 2007

23 minutes into the playoffs...

...and the refs are ruining the game with nanosecond, one-handed "hooking" and grazing-arm "holding" penalties. Why does the NHL think a series of endless powerplays equates to an entertaining product?

One thing I forget about last year is that up until Fernando Pisani scored in Game 5 overtime, I was ready to write hockey off forever after Mick McGeough's horrendous officiating. And that's not homerism talking, as with tonight I'm against bad calls all the same, no matter what team (especially when it's from back refs fifty feet away from the play).

Having made their "statement", hopefully the refs will put away their whistles for the rest of the night. And while I'm kvetching, what's the deal with the HNIC putting a cbcsports.ca overlay on the screen
all game, even in place of the powerplay clock for long stretches of a penalty?

Boo to Comrie. Go George Laraque's Penguins!

*UPDATE*
Nevermind, the game was a total bloodbath. Anybody watching Forsberg play like a maniac for Nashville tonight? Never count that guy out in the playoffs, even if he needs a special magical boot to keep playing.

Also: Craig MacTavish is at the San Jose/Nashville game, presumably keeping a close eye on UFA Kimmo Timonen.

22 comments:

Lord Bob said...

Since this post, the refs have continued their... shall we say, utterly incomprehensible and stupid and my God the NHL is a joke... ways, including tossing Scottie Hartnell in the NAS-SJ game for "getting in Jonathan Cheechoo's way" and generally handing that entire game to the Sharks with a pretty red bow on it.

I'm beginning to have my doubts about the aptitude of NHL officials.

Scarlett said...

The league wants everyone to know they will not call the playoffs any different. Ummm you weren't calling this shit last week. Yes you've made your point, now stop it.

I'm cheering hard for the Sens but all the 5-3 powerplays they had were rediculous. The second penalty call was a joke.

mike w said...

Meanwhile, actual penalties like too many men and batting away another player's stick aren't being called in Nashville.

I prefer less calls in OT, but the lack of consistency drives me nuts. What a great game, by the way.

Mr DeBakey said...

For MacT
There's Hartnell, Zidlicky, Kariya and Hannan

Probably get Hannan & Hartnell for the same annual as Kimo Timo

Andy Grabia said...

Mike Grier was a fucking monster in overtime. He owned that shit.

And yes, the refs were awful in the first two games. That Crosby goal should have counted, no way does Hartnell deserve a game, and there have been two blown extra man calls. Naslund scored on one in Vancouver. These guys are making NBA refs look like the height of competence.

And did you guys see that Craig Simpson is doing the After 40 show with Maclean and Hrudey? He sounds great. He looks great. Here's hoping he's found a new home.

Josh said...

Ah! Someone who watched HNIC. Tell me - did it seem to you that Don Cherry broke down and wept while naming the recently slain soldiers during Coach's Corner? He seemed to be struggling, then suddenly the segment ended.

epinonymous said...

my thoughts exactly.

WilliamT said...

OILERS SUCK, Go Flames haha,

Loxy said...

When will the Vancouver-Dallas game end?

Lord Bob said...

When will the Vancouver-Dallas game end?

When the ice gets so bad that both goalies are unable to move because they're mired in a pile of Slurpee, and Ladislav Nagy uses the last of his strength to get past the unconscious bodies sprawled across the ice to tuck the puck feebly into the net.

Lord Bob said...

agagaaagh

(sobs a bit)

(smashes head into granite stone a few times)

Stupid Canucks. There are good Canucks fans, then there are the other 99% that makes me hope the whole team goes down in metaphorical flames. As opposed to going down on Flames, which is the worst slash ever.

Darien said...

With a Sedin goal, apparently. I'm glad. Henrik makes all the plays, now he gets some glory.

Additionally, since MacT is scouting UFAs, it looks like you get the all-star management lineup for another debacle next year. How far off IS October anyway?

Anonymous said...

I guess in Edmonton, since you're not even in the playoffs, you have nothing better to do than sit around criticizing the refs in games you wish you were playing in.

I hope your silver medal from last year makes you feel all warm in fuzzy. It's the last time for a long time your team will be goo enough to sniff the ass of a champion.

bob said...

And I guess in Calgary(?) you have nothing better to do that sit around and read blogs of teams that aren't "goo" enough to sniff the ass of a champion.

Does that about sum it up?

sacamano said...

Man I love Fopa. I'm not sure I can remember a player who could turn it on and off as well as him. Maybe Claude Lemieux?

No matter how few games, or how ineffective he has been during the regular season, the dude always dominates in playoffs.

He stops diving, is impossible to move off the puck, he's awesome.

Chris! said...

Oh good, here come the retarded trolls again. It must be playoff time!

LittleFury said...

You mean anonymous trolls, don't you? The best kind!

Stuey said...

Always bet against the teams that win a lot of games via shootout. It's a crutch, and they crash and burn in the playoffs (albeit in the very short history of the things).

So that means Dallas and Pittsburgh - goodbye.

Darien said...

I'm not counting Pittsburgh out just yet. Sure they got dominated, but theyre still inexperienced and the sheer talent on that team can turn it around quickly, especially in the face of a humiliating learning experience. Go kids!

katie said...

don cherry is chuck norris, they probably had to end the segment because his tears started eroding the table in front of him.

i used to listen to Power 92 back in the day just to hear a little Georges, i believe it was most Tuesday mornings (?!?), if i suffered thru that for Georges, I'll cheer he and his young 'uns en route to the cup...
katie

Anonymous said...

Detroit 1, Calgary lames 0

AnonymousTroll said...

Heh... it looks like the ref has a boner in that picture.