Am I the only one who thinks we didn't play that bad as a team? For the most part anyways. Our D wasn't so great and we didn't throw enough rubber at Crawford, but I thought we were good in finishing our checks, being hungry on the puck, and we had good goaltending. Watching that game, I wasn't pissed off because Chicago dominated us; I wouldn't have made that conclusion. They played an overall better game than we did, but I've seen much worse on-ice products from the Wings this year than that. I liked our compete level.
I just want to know why the ref standing right next to the hit didn't raise his arm. He was staring directly at it from 2 feet away and didn't make a call. None of this 'he waited to talk to the other officials' stuff, because if there is a penalty, they put their arm up at the time of the infraction and they can discuss it afterwards to determine severity. They called it charging and threw him out because Lydman didn't get up.
If he had of just kept skating, he would have slammed right into him, he jumped to try and avoid contact.
I don't agree. If he kept skating, he would have made contact with Howard's stick, which is much better than kicking him in the head. I'm not calling for a suspension, or even a fine, I just think it was a douchebag move and was avoidable.