What a bunch of hipsters. Something becomes popular and you all don't like it anymore. Would you all be whining if the Wings weren't granted the Winter Classic next year but was added to play the beloved Minnesota Wild outdoors?
Seriously, let it rest. You going to bring up Bert in every thread about a player getting injured? I'm sure somewhere Steve Moore is happy you are fervently championing his cause, but in the end you just come off looking like a troll.
And this concludes the Bertuzzi portion of our discussion.
Knowing you're going to have to fight someone won't stop hits like this. It was a terrible decision and a terrible hit. Idiots like White don't stop and think "uh oh, better not or someone is going to punch me." He's not thinking at all.
But players have said time and time again how good it is for morale to see someone sticking up for his teammate after something like that.
And it "helps keep the flies off" as Babcock puts it. Cuts down a cheapshots around the net and in scrums from little weasels who act like toughguys against the Wings because they know they can.
As I said at the time, when Jimmy got run over and bent backwards, at least one Red Wing should've started pounding on the guy or crosschecking the snot out of him. Instead they stood around looking to the ref.
Pounding on a guy in a situation like that isn't just to keep him from doing it again, an all out brawl escalates the situation for the refs. Someone runs Jimmy, a melee ensues. So from an officiating perspective they'll probably be more keyed in to guys running the goalie because they don't want to lose control of the game.
Taking a penalty there is better than having Jimmy get repeatedly run over and injured as you're trying to make the playoffs.
I'd like to bold pretty much this entire post. What I wouldn't give to have a McCarty or a Shanahan on this roster; someone who contributes and runs interference, not just a goon.
*Joe Kocur, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Mr. Joe Kocur.*
Cuz if I'd cheered against them, Dad'd have backhanded me and I'd have gotten no supper.
Same with the Lions.
Now it's in my blood.
Same here, except it was my two older brothers. And it wouldn't have been limited to just a backhand. I shudder to think what would have happened had I said anything less than complimentary about Gordie.
As much as it pains me, I gotta give it to the Blues; in spite of the chippy s*** they constantly pull, they still played a better overall game. And the Wings make an average goalie look like an All Star once again.
Name me one official in any sport that calls every penalty he sees. It just doesn't happen. Everything is easy to see on TV, especially for a team you're rooting for. I've seen all the games you've mentioned, and I don't see a bias. Calls that don't go your team's way doesn't indicate a bias. Every official in every sport makes bad calls and misses calls. The consipiracy theories are amusing, but have no factual basis.
So Olczyk, who hates the Wings and never says anything good about them caught the too many men on the ice call and said it should be called?
I am SO done arguing with you over this. Watch, don't watch, whatever. If you don't want to believe it, don't. I could not possibly care less.
And don't forget Eddie has a vested interest in this game. Who do you think he'd rather see the Hawks take on- St. Louis or the Wings?
Any of the four officials on the ice can call a too many men. So do they all hate the Wings? So the Wings have never had too many men on the ice and it wasn't caught by an official?
Your confidence in the powers that be is downright adorable. Just because he makes a couple of calls doesn't mean he calls everything he sees. The calls against the Blues were so blatant there was no getting around it. He's not a complete idiot.
And no one is blaming the officials for the lackadaisical play of the Wings. I mentioned O'Halloran working before the game started; it is what it is. And if you take the time to YouTube Wings games he has officiated, there is definite consistency there. Start with the aforementioned Anaheim game and then check out the WCF against Dallas. That should be enough.