Thank you. It's simply not enough to say we rised above it and it makes it "sweeter", what if we would've lost? There's alot at stake.
we've seen this attitude when a bunch of BS penalty calls are made and if we kill them off people say the same thing. "No harm, we killed them off" . Sorry but there is harm, we've had our players expend more energy on the PK when they never should've in the first place, we haven't been able to roll our 4 lines, our star players on the PK are getting too much ice time. We can't find 5 on 5 rhythem and execute our gameplan. It's just not OK. It effects the team for the rest of the game or series.
and it's not just disparity between 2 teams but different series. I watched the Bos/Canes and how refreshing not to see a buch of hacking, wacking, cross checking AND there was hardly anybody thrown out of the faceoff circle. Ever. Seriously. What a change.
If the reffing was anything like that series or the Pens series it would've been 5 games max. Same thing with last years Finals. You can simply substitue Hal Gil for Chris Pronger when we got to the Finals. He was allowed to hack away and obstruct like it was 2001. Go back and watch the games if you recorded them. You'll be shocked at what he was allowed to get away with.
and what I really don't understand is how Red Wing fans can support this???? I mean, we're the skilled team, the skating team, it benefits us when the PO's are called like the regular season in terms of obstruction, lumberjacking. If you really wanted the Wings to have the best opportunities you'd want hockey called consistently and according to the rules.
and before anyone says, that's just the way it is, "it's the playoffs" let me ask you, does the NFL not call penalties in the 4th Qtr of a game? Does MLB adjust the strike zone in the last 2 innings? It's bush-league. And don't tell me "the refs don't want to influence the game". The player has influenced the game by taking the action of cross-checking or slashing, don't blame the ref for a players decision. The NHL is the only league that not only has, but approves of, calling the sport differently depending on how much time is left in the game or whether the game is being played in the regular season or the playoffs.
People talk about growing the game of hockey, well, no matter the network, hockey is at it's best when skating, stickhandling (datsyuk) shooting, creativity are allowed. Cross-checking, slashing, and elbowing are not hockey moves. Give any Neanderthal a stick and he can do the same. It takes no skill. It's not hockey, maybe it was hockey in the 70's with the Broadstreet Bullies but really, let's move on. Letting skilled players play their game is the way to attract more casual fans. The up and down the ice, the changing on the fly, the 7 mins. of uninterruped action with all kinds of shots on goal, the post to post save, this is what will bring more viewers in, whether it's on ESPN or Versus. Really.
I'm still bitter about 2007. there is no way we should've lost that WCF's. Before you say, forget it, or make a tinfoil hat comment I'll say the series WAS called differently. and it did effect the Wings negativley. How do I know? Because the Detroit Red Wings brass/upper management literally called up the Ottawa Senators and told them, warned them, that their just concluded series against the Ducks was called looser, differently, that they let alot of stuff go and that they should be prepared for it in the SC Finals. So , mock all you want but it's a fact the Red Wings organisation thought enough about it to let the Sen's know.
what is Detroit really good at? Well, we have Homer who's easily one of the best all time at screening, think of how many times he's had a goal waived off on bogus interference calls. How many times has O'Halloran done it alone? 4 times? This is a clear advantage yet we get called for it all the time. Think back to the Niedermayer goal in 07, he pushes our goalie in and still good goal. And then they complain about the Cleary call after running Ozzie all series? What an unmittigated joke.
another is faceoffs. Always one of the best teams. I've never, in 3 decades of watching and playing this sport, seen a team kicked out of the faceoff circle more in the last 2 PO's then I've seen it happen to Detroit. Just watching the last period and OT of the Bos/Car game and
it hardly ever occured. We're kicked out more in one period of hockey than both teams are in an entire game. Why is this? Because we're cheating by our wings trying to get a jump to get to a possible loose puck? Every team does this. That's why there always jostling and the players putting their sticks on top of the others to gain an advantage. I remember watching a defensive zone faceoff last night, the linesman told our wing to skate back to outside the circle becuase his skates were half over the FO line, fine,that's the letter of the law. Meanwhile, right next to him was Selanne standing with his skates 3/4 over the line and nothing was said. It's rediculous to say the least.
If you don't believe in Conspiracies that perfectly fine, but remember , these types of calls aren't legitimate and only serve to weaken the Wings chances of winning the cup. As a Wings fan, you ought to want the game called the same, whether regular season or playoffs.
and on a sidenote: hockey doesn't need to get back on espn for it to grow, hockey needs the skill players to be allowed to play the game. Hockey has been on espn 2 or 3 times since the 70's, last time it was was on espn for what, 12 years, and at the end of espns reign Arena Football, Horse racing and Poker got better ratings. Let the skilled players play and people will come out to see the game.