I started this thread and I have to say that I do not believe in conspiracy theories. I had no intention of making it a conspiracy either. This was solely based on the fact that there is a huge conflict on interest due to the fact that the NHL own the Phoenix Coyotes and stands to gain by having Phoenix go as far as possible in the playoffs. It is not a conspiracy against the Wings. IT IS ABOUT A NATURAL HUMAN TENDENCY TO "FAVOR YOU OWN" OR "PROTECT YOUR OWN" .... CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY.... DOESN'T MATTER.
The NHL owns the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL pays the refs. NHL will benefit from the Coyotes going as far in the playoffs as possible in more ways than one. Refs want to please their boss just like any other employee.... so the Refs will try to avoid making mistakes. So if there is any question as to what may have happened on a play they will always error on the side that helps them keep their job. It is not about a conspiracy.... it is about a natural human response.... which I think everyone should be able to understand. Bottom line... it is a conflict of interest.... plain and simple..... no conspiracy.
The title to this thread was used simply to draw your attention.... and it certainly worked! Both theorist and non-theorist... LOL.
As a side note it just astounds me that people justify the blatant errors by the refs by saying that the Wings deserved to lose the game because they were out-played for some part of the game. I'm sorry but that is just plain b@llsh!t.
First of all, how many times did the Wings win a game since the Olympic break where they were out-played for some part of the game? PLENTY! The best teams, including the Stanley Cup Champs, always find a way to win a game even when they are out-played!! We have already seen it in other first games of this first round.
Secondly, I don't remember too may Stanley Cup Champs who out-played their opponents for 60 minutes in all 16 wins. Lucky bounces, deflections and turnovers are a huge part of the game.... for and against.
Third, Lidstrom is probably the MOST professional even-tempered player on the ice. And for him to speak out you know something was seriously wrong. When was the last time Lidstrom spoke out like that when someone took a penalty (non-penalty) against him??? I mean even a testicular spear didn't rile him!
I might be the only one that feels there was no interference on Helm, but both him and Doan were going towards the faceoff dot. Helm was not trying to get to the point. They both can own that space. They made contact and Helm fell. That would have been a terrible call to make.
I've seen the refs miss high stick calls before and it's always absurd, my only question was why did they blow the whistle to stop the play? Lidstrom was skating towards the bench to make a change, he wasn't lying on the ice. Players get hurt constantly and make their way to the bench and the play doesn't stop.
For me it's not so much the missed high-stick it's everything that surrounds it that just makes it shady. He gets high-sticked, bends over, straightens back up and skates towards the bench. While that was happening Wings never lost control of the puck, Williams had just gotten a pass from Zetterberg and was about to pass into the slot and the play is blown dead. Lidstrom is at the bench by that time. Refs and Linesmen get together to talk about tuesdays episode of LOST and then they just continue the game. WTF just happened??? Why blow the play dead when the Wings had control? Why have a meeting when no one was calling a penalty anyway? Why say a comment so foolish that one of the most quietest, respectful players in the league is moved to call you out on it?
It's a long series and an even longer playoff run, the Wings will be mad for how poorly they played and come out flying. Unlike the Sharks, Penguins, Capitals and Devils the Wings haven't lost at home, I doubt anyone who picked the Pens or Caps to win is changing it after one loss. I'm not changing mine. GO WINGS!!!