1. Abby hit WAS NOT a penalty, not now, not then, not in 1935. The Ref was standing two feet from the hit, watching the play with his own two eyes. The Duck had the puck, Ref's attention was not elsewhere. He watched the guy fall to the ice. He saw it was shoulder on shoulder hit, he saw that Abby was gliding and not "charging" towards him....bulls*** call from a ref 200 feet away and it will be bulls*** if he should get suspended....
#1 principal point of contact was the head, he got body too, but shoulder first went into the head. Rule 48
#2 He left his feet on the hit, that's also against the rules, and according to rule 42 that makes it a charge
42.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.
So this is just another case of Abdelkader being a bonehead, and making a stupid play in the playoffs that costs the Wings a game.
I said it in the GDT earlier tonight: Nyquist is hungry.
Tears up the AHL, then struggles to light the lamp on The BIg Stage. Can't imagine it's been sitting well with him - which makes this goal that much sweeter.
I was hoping so bad that he would get his 1st career playoff goal out of the way and for it to be a GWG in OT is as you stated, so sweet! He was hustling so hard all game and that's exactly what we've been missing the past 4 years is the young legs to compliment the experience. Goose deserved that goal.
As Darkmanx said, we need Tuzzi to match size with Getzlaf and Perry.
We need Cleary out of the top 6 for Tatar.
And lastly, game 1 reminded me of last years playoffs against Nashville where we got to the playoffs and then forgot to bring offense with us. They didn't create jack for offense and I almost fell asleep half way through that borefest.
This game wasn't even close. They outplayed us past the first period and we're lucky Howard gave us a sliver of chance. They managed to really expose the inexperience of our defence by stifiling us before we could exit the zone. They were aggressively forechecking with two players and we weren't good enough to overcome it with our stretch passes. And Selanne will forever be a Wing killer. I hate that guy.
You know what's good for the wings? They played like crap and only lost 2-1 Did anyway else notice a bunch of shots to Hiller's glove side? I don't care what the scouting report said. That is not going to work in the playoffs.