Well... Abdelkader did look like a chump. At least drop the gloves and give him a big hug or throw him on the ground rather than look at the ref, shrug your shoulders and look like a giant vageen. That and someone throwing beer at the player? Dick move. That is the definition of classless and it's also a sin to waste a $15 USD beer like that. If you did that in Canada your buddy standing next to you jersey's you, give you a beat down, makes you walk home and drinks any roadie's you left in the car.
Maybe it isn't accurate, but I read that Abby's hand was taped up from the beat down he put on Blunder. If it is, it's an automatic suspension.
I didn't see the game last night, but a 7-2 loss pretty much speaks for itself. At this point, I don't really care if they make the playoffs because they're going to suck anyway. This team needs a makeover like a Kardashian needs attention. I don't care which side of the bench gets shaken up, maybe both need it, but laziness and entitlement are some big issues here.
Just outta curiosity...am I the only one that sees Smith as a pretty big asset on this push for a playoff appearance? He's picked up his game and he's our most physical player right now. I was on the fence about him for a while, but I'm really liking what I see.
OK so if you were at the opposite end and couldn't see how do you know he just "let one in"?
The final score was 3-1...hence, just one.
This thread is bang on, topic wise. Mrazek has been fantastic for this team and I'm glad he's wearing the winged wheel. Leave Big E alone. I've always called him Errorson, but that's for a different thread. Three cheers for Mrazek!
Really. I was hoping for 40. I think the fact that the linesman wasn't injures is a miracle of so sort. Players get get from less than that hit. That red had no expectation of being hit like that. I was hoping for 40 but would not have complained had he been kicked out of the league.
I'm actually glad to hear (or read) that other people feel this way too. It was more exciting, the players were better, the teams were better. Its kind of amazing to me that the Stanley Cup final ratings are so high these past few years considering, as a hockey obsessed maniac myself, I could care less who was in it or who won these past few years. I wonder if its because the last 5 years of finals have been played in mostly big cities (Chicago, Philly, NY/NJ, Boston and LA).
I think a lot of people don't realize how different the game is. I really miss the way hockey was played back then.
As for the ratings, I'm pretty sure you've touched on a large part of it. It wouldn't surprise me to see that future SC finals will be played in predetermined arenas, a la the NFL. Everything seems to be geared toward ratings and growing the fan base.
But since this is a thread about Phaneuf...he sucks.