Wow, what a nail biter. Glad to see the Wins pull out the W.
And though none of us will ever know, if it happens that Petr was hungover from his birthday celebration, and that is why he looked like s*** today, hopefully he learns a valuable lesson from this and never does that s*** again.
I never really go to the NHL website except to check standings occasionally. I just went to the standings and...wtf? The old site looked nice and sleak, well laid out. The new standings page looks like someone just uploaded an excel spreadsheet circa 1999.
Its 2016 and the NHL is a multi billion dollar industry. There is no excuse for such a s*** website.
With so many reviews being deemed inconclusive from the overhead and front camera views, I am surprised there isn't more of an argument being made to put cameras in the backs of the nets again. It would solve a lot of these cases where you can't tell from overhead or the front.
Seeing this game makes me think... I'm surprised we don't see more people complaining and bitching about games like this where a team takes the lead and dares to keep playing. Especially in the age of ultra "politically correct" extremism, where people think that nobody should be made to feel bad or be offended for any reason.
Makes me think back to the 07-09 Wings when we were dominating opponents, and how the media would crucify the Wings if they went up by 4 and didn't either just give up and play defense the rest of the game or let the other team get a "catch up" goal or two so they would feel better. If the Wings even dared to keep playing (god forbid scoring another goal) back then after going up 4, they be accused of showboating and torn completely apart the next day in the press.
Wow... talk about absolutely horrible one sided reffing. Ignoring all the other trips and cross checks, there is no way that any ref on the leve should miss playing the puck on the faceoff with a broke stub of a stick, OR the overhead BC two hander that shattered Datsyuks stick, OR Howie getting rolled over into the back of his own net.
I'm sure its just a "coincidence" that so many of these games where the Wings get totally screwed over by absolutely unexcusably horrible and questionable reffing also happen to be the ones where O'halloran is reffing.
This game is, sadly, just another in the long line of examples of the NHL refs trying to intentionally throw a game to one team. With both teams committing pretty much equal levels of infractions, yet no call on Washington and 4 on Detroit.
And as I type this, the refs accomplish their goal. This is the reason the NHL is losing actual real fans that actually know about hockey. (despite the fact they may be gaining fair weather and/or temporary new "fans")
The reffing is a joke at best, and corrupt and intentionally throwing games at worst.
As was already pointed out, the rink size will not be changed. It would cost tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars to convert all the NHL arena surfaces, not to mention the millions in revenue that would be lost due both the time it would take and the seats that would be lost. Not feasible.
While the charges sound scary, it could simply be the case of him bringing his gun with him to hunt.
Simply having the gun to begin with would be "possession in an unauthorized place" getting it there is "unauthorized importing" and not having enough trigger and case locks, or not having certain accessories stored separately would be "careless storage".
Could be as simple as he just brought a gun (or two) up to hunt with not fully knowing all the laws and regs, and got the book thrown at him to make an example.
Honorable mention to the "department of player safety", who wouldn't suspend anyone who took a dirty head shot at a Wing, unless the shot was with a bullet. (and even then, they'd probably have some excuse about how the Wings player put himself into the path of the bullet, and thus, no discipline)
The Wings look completely confused out there... like nobody really knows what the f*** is going on.
Plus it looks like it is going to be "one of those games" with the refs too.
What was that, like a half dozen blatant trips committed by Carolina, with no call on any of them? Ironic that the first call against the Wings is a trip with all the Carolina trips the refs conveniently ignored....