Posted by uk_redwing
on 31 December 2011 - 11:05 AM
If you're going to battle right in front of the net, you're gonna get cross checked. That's hockey. It may not be Red Wings hockey which obviously shocks a few people here, but it's the standard way of clearing the crease.
Suckerpunching a guy is classless. If you're mad, drop the gloves and fight, don't blindside a guy.
Good on Rupp for making Kopecky cower in an actual fight.
I'd prefer the 3 of Ericsson, Kindl and Commodore consistently rotating until the top two really differentiate themselves before the playoffs. I'd like all these guys getting a fair amount of games in prep for the playoffs, where injuries are likely to happen.
Posted by wings1110
on 22 December 2011 - 05:40 PM
There was multiple times the wings shoulda dropped the mitts last night, instead they gave a "facewash" or pushed and shoved. Im getting pretty sick of it..
Bertuzzi was out there, he shoulda dropped the mitts and taken the instigator penalty, show yourf****** goalie you have hisf****** back! Hes been playing great, and you cant even stand up for him, and show him that hisf****** team is there for him.
Posted by Red Crazy
on 22 December 2011 - 03:05 PM
WTF happened to Abby? He used to hit people and fight the odd time and just be a pain in the butt. I think that Jimmy will be ran over more now that other teams know he can get rattled and not one player on the Wings will do a damn thing about it. Shame on them.
Posted by uk_redwing
on 22 December 2011 - 12:56 PM
As discussed before, an enforcer does usually make everyone play a little bit tougher and might inspire everyone to stick up for their teammates/selfs more often and give them all a testosterone kick up the backside. Tatar has dropped the gloves twice this season sticking up for himself. If little Tatar can with the AHL bullies, why can't all our big strong players? In Grand Rapids if anyone touches the goalie he gets an absolute beat down, usually by Exelby or Smith.
There's a rumour going around that we're actively looking for a tough guy, from hockeyfights.com. It's probably true, last time there was that rumour we tried to sign Colton Orr, failed and signed Brad May instead.
Howard has scrapped several times this season with players who have made contact with him.
"Z never pushed him. I watched the replay," Howard said. "Hansen leans into him, he loses his footing, just steamrolls me.
"I知 just sick and tired of getting run over. It痴 every single game."
I've always thought that its cool to have Howard who wont back down from anyone and has a couple scrappy moments to his name with the wings, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
The goalie on a hockey team should not be the one always defending himself and his teammates. The fact that Howard is the one that has went after the most guys for hitting him on the team is pathetic really. A guy nails him last night, gets up and has the guts to hit Lidstrom and Howard is the only one that will do something about it.
Its clearly bugging Howard if he went to the press about it. Its time this team started sticking up for its goalie. In hockey that is your number 1 priority, you are taught that from day 1. Even if the players thought Z pushed hansen in last night, as soon as Howard went after the guy, the whole team should've been in there to show their goalie theyve got his back and that we'll defend you just worry about stopping pucks.
Last year it happened with the San Jose guys snowing him, he was the only one who did anything to Crosby, this year he already went after Perron and Hansen. Its embarrassing really
Hey, its nice and all that we have smaller guys with a bit of skill who are working hard and playing "physical", the problem comes when we play the likes of San Jose whose 2, 3rd and 4th liners are just as skilled, just as quick, and just as hard working, but 3-4 inches taller and 10-20lbs heavier.
I do worry that our bottom six especially, no matter how hard working, speedy and skilled is just a little bit undersized for the playoffs. Having said that, our defencemen seem the most physical around the net that I've seen for years.
It is amusing however that for certain people in this thread, being "physical" simply means fighting.
He doesn't bring it every night. His inconsistencies have been even more pathetic in the last few playoffs he's played in.
Really? In 2008, he played exclusively on the fourth line and had five goals and nine assists, including that vital goal in game four of the SCF. In 2009, he played on the third line and scored four goals and eight assists. This sort of production is what is expected of Hudler. He did suck in the playoffs last season, for sure, but this was not the case in the prior two playoffs he participated in.