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  1. WCSF Game 2 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

    I was going to start a thread on this guys, but it's not that important. Enjoyed being on the board here for several years, and following hockey pretty closely during that time. But, tonight's game was just the last nail in the coffin for me. I've been trying to downplay the screwy non-sensical reffing for a long time, saying it's just the way the game goes and stuff happens, they try and make it fair, etc.,. But, after last year's finals (obstruction, anyone?) and the way tonight's game went, I can't really get too excited about the NHL anymore with so much crazy, maddening reffing inconsistency that goes on, far worse than any other sport I've ever watched. Not saying anyone is to blame or it's some kind of conspiracy, not at all, I guess it's just part of this sport and it's just finally turned me totally off now. I'm going to go spend my time (and entertainment dollars) to find something I can enjoy watching that's more consistent and won't raise my blood pressure to new levels in frustration. Probably motorcycle racing, I'm thinking. I know this post won't really register on anyone's radar here, since I don't post much, but all the best in your following of the Wings, hope they go the distance this year! Ya won't be seeing any more posts from me. Peace out, Quadnational.... Ha ha, just read some posts and see I'm joining Leftwinger out the door as well. Lead the way, mate.
  2. Pens get lucky AGAIN

    And to add to all this, they get to play all their opponents in the same time zone. Whereas, the Wings will have to fly back and forth several thousand miles through 3 time zones to get to the finals. If we get to the finals against them again, let's just spot the Pens a couple of goals each game as well...
  3. WCSF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Sharks 4

    I like our chances in this one, the Sharks just don't impress me that much when they play the Wings. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say Wings in 5. Crazy, I know. Game 1: Wings 3, Sharks 2 Game 2: Wings 2, Sharks 4 Game 3: Wings 1, Sharks 0 (OT) Game 4: Wings 5, Sharks 4 (OT) Game 5: Wings 4, Sharks 2
  4. WCQF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 6 at Coyotes 1

    Damn, I'm good... I like the new playoff slogan, taken from the VS. announcer... FEAR THE WING
  5. Officiating - A Completely Different Perspective

    OK guys, after watching hockey for several years now, this is how I see NHL officiating works. Throughout the course of a game, there are many, many instances of infractions that can be called "penalties". Small hooks, holds, slashes, interference, etc., events that happen all the time, to different degrees, slight to obvious. Since hockey is such a fast sport, some of these aren't seen by the refs, but then again many of them are. The refs have come to let many of these go, or else the game would become a joke with so many penalties called. They only call those penalties that are either A) very obvious (plays that are the focus of everyone's attention and that would make them look totally rediculous if it's not called. This includes plays resulting in injuries), or B) very distinctly give the team committing the penalty a real possibility to score or a distinct positional advantage. Along with this, there is indeed an "evening out" of penalties mindset that's in play, where if one team is getting all the powerplays, that team will get the ref's more acute focus on the many infractions they are committing in particular (and less focus on the other team's infractions being committed). Thus, penalities will very much even out over the course of a game. Refs obviously do this to give the impression of no favoritism or bias. This is why you see "chincy" calls happen on infractions that occur dozens of times in the game anyway. So, in essence, penalties are random events driven by A) and B) above, but overall are called somewhat randomly and with an eye towards being equal to both teams whether they commit them equally or not. This is how I see penalty calls, and now I rarely sweat a call and when it happens I just figure that "it's time for a call for so-and-so team"
  6. WCQF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 6 at Coyotes 1

    So you want them to lose? I believe Phoenix is ranked #4, and Detroit #5...
  7. WCQF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 6 at Coyotes 1

    Well, the Wings better come out on fire, because this will be the most physical game of the series, Doan or no Doan. Expect mega crashing and banging the first period. Now that their season is also on the line, the Wings should play with a lot more determination. I think the key is obviously to score first, otherwise the chances of them winning drop dramatically. 'Course, I predicted all this already, in the "Predictions for this series" thread, when they were down 2 games to 1: Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:27 AM
  8. Drop Kick

    At least, one of his feet was..... YOU BE THE JUDGE: (Yes, Holmstrom was called for goalie interference in the top picture) SO THAT MAKES THIS......??? I'm personally fed up with NHL officiating and lack of consistency, the only way I keep my blood pressure down is to view penalties and powerplays as strictly random events. Works wonders!
  9. Will Hossa score in the playoffs?

    Yes, he already scored... he deflected the puck in off of his stick into his own net on the first or second Nashville goal last night....
  10. How will this series end predictions

    So which situation is worse, this one, or the one a few years ago when the Wings were down to the Canucks 2-0 and headed back to Vancouver? I believe they'll win Game 4 on Tuesday and then it's best of 3. My prediction is the road team wins all the last games - Wings in 7!
  11. Where in Dallas the Wings practice

    Thanks, man. Yeah, pretty sure that's where they stay, or maybe the Hilton-Anatole across the freeway, after flying into Love Field. I'd sure like to see them in person, it's been many years since I last got a live look at the team up close.
  12. Where in Dallas the Wings practice

    Hey, just wanted to know if anyone knows where the Wings will practice in Dallas this weekend... big Wings fan living here. I know they usually stay at the Renaissance hotel near downtown, but I could be wrong.
  13. What's the Story Behind This Incident?

    3rd paragraph down: Book excerpt describing Hasek practice shots
  14. What's the Story Behind This Incident?

    I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Hasek actually requested guys to shoot at his head in practice, so that he could get used to high shots in the game, and combat the reflex to "duck". Sounds like the author is just trying to inject some drama where there probably wasn't any at all.
  15. How can anyone blame the Refs for any of the Wings' losses?

    I don't think so... very minor considering all else that's gone on. Delaying the game a minute or two, compared to having a game-tying goal waived off in the last few minutes! I agree with a lot of what Drake says, and I don't believe in Ref conspiracy for one team to win. However, I do think that the overall refereeing standard has changed since the first round, with less and less things being called. When that happens, it neutralizes any difference in skill level between teams and favors the bigger, more physical team. If everything's getting called, a quicker, more skilled (on average, but also smaller) team such as the Wings generates more scoring opportunites and power plays by drawing penalties (hooking, holding, interference) using their skill and speed. The less things are called, the more that speed and skill is neutralized by the other team not being called on those penalties anymore. As an extreme example, if you have Helm vs. Gill (speed vs. size), Gill can now hook/hold/interfere and disrupt with relative impunity. Yes, Helm can do the same to Gill, but it's not going to have the same effect (Gill won't end up on his ass). Take that extreme example and apply it to the whole team, and you see how putting away the whistles favors the bigger, more physical team. Not to a huge extent as in the example, but averaged out to the whole team it does have an effect. Lidstrom gets a stick between the legs while being closest to the puck, guy who was BEHIND him gets the puck, goal is scored. His skill was just neutralized by a more physical approach. That's the overall effect we're seeing here, just like the last 2 times we played the Ducks in the playoffs. The first time, the Ducks approach won, this last time, the Wings managed to fight through it (and some things were still being called). The Refs aren't determining the games, but the way they've decided to call the penalties in the Finals is definitely favoring one style of play over the other.