Posted by Nightfall
on 01 February 2012 - 03:44 PM
The site was down for nearly half the game.
True, I am just saying that even if it was up the whole game, we would have only seen 10-12 pages in the win. If it was a loss, we would have seen 16-18. Thats the MO here. You should know that by now.
A team leading 152 shots
Is Z struggling? Maybe. I think he is more frustrated thats for sure. Last year he had over 300 shots in 80 games and scored 24 goals with 80 points.
I am not disappointed with Z. He is going through a rough patch right now and I will continue to support him. He is going to turn things around on the scoring side. If not, he is still one of the best players on the team.
I didn't say it resulted in the loss, but had that been called, the Wings don't get a PP and may not have went up 3-1. The game would have remained 2-1 with a 4 on 4 coming. Wings may still have won the game, but that bad non-call allowed for a PPG that kind of put the game out of reach.
Thats assuming the Wings wouldn't have scored on the 4 on 4 or the final wouldn't have been 2-1. I am sure you and other St. Louis fans would have bitched about the other power play goal as well and the call that led to that if you lost 2-1 instead. But I digress.....
The point is this.....
As sports fans, we have endured many moments of yelling at the TV or bitching about what happens in the game because of the refs and what they call and don't call. After playing hockey for 12 years, I decided to put on the stripes and referee. After three years of refereeing, I learned some very valuable lessons in that no one calls a flawless game and calls will always be missed throughout the game. Mistakes are going to happen and refs don't have the luxury of instant replay.
I now spend less time bitching about the reffing when I watch a game. Its more about analysis and understanding why the ref called something.
In the end, the better team wins the game. The calls in the course of the game don't dictate a win or a loss. The puck bounces funny and sometimes, a team will get a one or two goal lead. Its up to the better team to overcome those bounces and win the game. This is why playoff series are played in 7 games. The better team always wins in a 7 game playoff as well.
Levying blame on the refs for the calls as the reason why your team lost really is a cop out IMHO.
Jimmy bails us out again. We looked less than stellar in our own zone, especially in OT. 16 in a row at home, nonetheless
As far as Zetterberg's game misconduct, I've been saying it all along, and I'll say it again, making calls based on the outcome of a play are dangerous, and this is a prime example. Zetterberg doesn't even push him, but because Nikitin violently crashes into the boards, Zetterberg must have pushed him into it. What's Zetterberg supposed to do in a situation like that, let Nikitin get the puck uncontested? Calls like this really make me question the direction the league is headed in terms of discipline. Punish the action, not the result. In this case, there was nothing whatsoever on that play that warranted any kind of penalty. Beyond a horrible call by the officials.
Z had his hand on the players back. Mick and Kenny were both agreeing that it was just a bad situation, but based on the wording of the rule, Z may be suspended for a game or two at the most. In that situation, if Z doesn't want a penalty, he needs his hand OFF the player in front of him. The referee ruled it boarding, and while I don't agree with the call, I think that Z put himself in a situation where the ref had to make that call.
The Wings played average, and yet we still got the win. I am not ok with the Wings effort, but I will take the win. They are going to need to play 2x-3x better to beat St. Louis on Monday or the win streak is going to be over at 16 games.