We don't have legitimate gripes about the officiating. That's the problem. We're consistently one of the LEAST PENALIZED teams in the league. AND we're consistently GIVEN THE MOST POWERPLAYS.
Very few, if any, teams go to the box less, or go on the man advantage more. Them's the facts. I'd give the theory some credence if we never got a powerplay, or if we were always in the box. But neither of those things are true.
But for whatever reason our fans have internalized this belief that everybody is out to get them. Bettman hates us. The refs are throwing games. The media doesn't recognize our star players.
It's all bologna. SUPER, duper, annoying bologna.
We got screwed in the 2009 Finals so we deserve reparations from the NHL.
It did look like Ericsson was going to destroy Benn untill he fell or got pulled down.
Big E is a really good fighter IMO, not that it adds much to this conversation.
Isn't Smith a pretty skilled fighter too? It's been so long since I've seen him throw down I can't remember.
One thing I always used to like about fighting is that in other sports you can just trash talk all day but in hockey you have to back it up.
Smith used to be a good fighter until he came to Detroit and got neutered by his coach. Ericsson has handled himself well in fights against guys like Clowe and Boll. He's not exactly going to destroy anyone, but he can defend himself with his size.
That type of play seems to happen every game. The outcome here is unfortunate, but I don't think there is any/much precedent for suspension.
I have to agree with you. These plays do happen frequently. I've never seen that called a 5 minute major. Not once in all my time of watching NHL hockey have I seen that. Rarely is something that isn't ever called a 5 minute major going to result in a suspension.
nobody here can defend Howard. He was total blame for this entire s*** stain. He s*** the bed in Dallas, he was the entire blame tonight. How much longer do we have to put up with this poor excuse for a goalie?