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#2403824 WCSF - (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings

Posted by Nightfall on 13 May 2013 - 07:52 AM

Hawks take this one pretty easily in 5 games.


Well, after you called the series over when the Ducks went up 3-2, I can definitely say you are no Nostradamus.  :D


I am picking the Hawks in 7, but that is because they are rolling right now.  The Wings will get a couple wins just from sheer will and determination.  In the end though, Chicago is just that good.

The Blackhawks don't scare me.  I think we could take them under most circumstances, but the deck is severely stacked against us considering how the first round went for both teams.  Chicago had virtually no travel, won in 5 games and is going to be well rested.  Oh yeah, they have home ice and the best record in the league too.  Meanwhile, we've been flying back and forth across the country over and over again in a hard fought, OT filled, 7 game series against the Ducks.  


It would make my season if we knocked out the Hawks, but I have a hard time seeing it happen.


This right here!

#2400757 Alberta Peewee Hockey Bans Body Checking

Posted by Nightfall on 09 May 2013 - 08:35 PM

I have been refereeing for a number of years now and I have done everything from Peewee all the way up to Varsity hockey in West Michigan.  In that time, I have seen a number of rule changes.  When they announced that they were removing checking from Peewee hockey, I was a supporter and still am today.  For a number of PW teams and players, they are still learning the fundamentals of hockey.  You had a number of players who were just out to hit and didn't have the basic skills down.  Eliminating checking in PW hockey really helped the development of these kids.  Now, two years after the rule was put in place, it really has improved the passing and chemistry of these games.  Bantam hockey is a much better product because the kids are not only able to pass and shoot better, but the hitting is still there in that aspect of the game.


Now, some people think that no hitting means no contact.  There is still contact, but its all about intent.  For instance, if you have to players going shoulder to shoulder into the corner to play the puck, using your size and strength to get the puck is allowed.  You can't body check someone out of the way, but you can contact the other player and use your size and strength for body positioning.


I know some people here are saying "No hit league" and that the rule sucks, but this is something that most hockey parents, refs, and coaches really like. 

#2400747 former Red Wings stars join rec-leaguers for game

Posted by Nightfall on 09 May 2013 - 08:25 PM

I played in a charity event against the Red Wings Alumni back in 2003 and that was awesome.  This experience would be just as fun IMHO.  I would love my rec hockey team to have an experience like this.

#2400488 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 09 May 2013 - 12:12 AM




You never stop trolling with this bandwagon crap do you?  


Sharks bus?


Just as the negative nancys never stop with calling a series lost after their team goes down 3-2.  Adversity is what makes sports great.  I certainly wish I could crap all over the Wings when they go down in a series or lose a game, but I just can't do it.

#2400441 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 09 May 2013 - 12:05 AM

it's been a good series, Detroit.


I am sure you were saying the opposite when Detroit beat Pittsburgh in the 09 cup finals to take a 3-2 series lead.  Oh wait, Pittsburgh won game 6 at home and 7 on Detroit ice to win the cup.  Nevermind.....


Gut check time for Detroit.  We will see how they react in game 6.

#2400326 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 11:33 PM

I have to commend the refs.  They are letting the players play.  Especially with all the falling that is going on out there.

#2400294 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 11:23 PM

Ref waved it off, but I could see that counting under review.


That looked good to me as well.  Lets put it this way, if the roles were reversed, Wings fans would be bitching about it.  We pushed the player into the net and that could have been a good goal.

#2400206 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 10:51 PM

That might be the series there.


Blowing so many good chances to put them away, and now it's a tied game.  


Series tied 2-2 and we are calling the series on a tie game in game 5 at the end of the second period?  Please.....

#2399934 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 09:56 PM


You have to win the faceoff first.  


Yup, they have won 2x more faceoffs than we have.  Thats not good.

#2399883 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

i wonder how this would play out if the refs swallowed the whistle


No complaints on the reffing so far from me tonight.  The calls have all been legit and they are letting the players play.  Wings have got to play more disciplined.

#2399870 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by Nightfall on 08 May 2013 - 09:40 PM

Excellent save by our "average" goalie.  :D

#2396658 WCQF Game 3 GDT - Ducks 4 @ Red Wings 0 (ANA leads series 2-1)

Posted by Nightfall on 04 May 2013 - 11:27 PM

Feel bad for the people who paid to watch them at the Joe.  


This right here.  That was a piss poor performance by the Wings.

#2394430 WCQF Game 2 GDT - Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 4 OT (Series tied, 1-1)

Posted by Nightfall on 02 May 2013 - 10:39 PM

That could have been a call there. 


There are at least 10 "could have been calls" that I have counted so far.  Some against the Wings, and some against the Ducks.  The refs are not calling it consistent thats for sure.

#2393380 Players who showboat after scoring

Posted by Nightfall on 01 May 2013 - 08:20 PM

It depends on what your definition of "showboat" is as well.  Do you count celebrating after OT goals?


The Wings have Tatar who has showboated a bit in the past.



Personally, celebrating after a goal is fine with me.  The Pascal goal is fine.  Same with the Yakupov (sp) goal earlier this year when he went out to center and celebrated.  Then you have Theo Fleury who has scored many goals with celebration.  I have no issues with it.

#2393224 Howard = Average

Posted by Nightfall on 01 May 2013 - 09:55 AM

Added because Elite goalies don't do things like this:





2. Chicago's overtime victory came mere moments after St. Louis's own 2-1 OT win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues dominated the defending Stanley Cup champions and held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, before Justin Williams tied the game with seconds remaining in the third. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick made 40 saves and helped carry Los Angeles to overtime, but a costly blunder gave Blues winger Alex Steen a wide open net for the winner.


The Patrick Roy statue of liberty gaffe comes to mind.  Roy is widely considered to be one of the best.  The elite of the elite.  Yet, he showboated and it cost his team the game and the series.  Elite goalies are human, and they do make mistakes.