Am I the only one pleased with this game? Yes, a win would have been optimal, but the only thing that would have made it better would have been being there. The Wings played a great game, and so did the Leafs. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The crowd was great, it was good hockey going back to its roots. Even the officiating for the most part was good. Whether the whistles were swallowed or frozen, no matter. They played. The game rocked.
The shootout must die, but I have yet to watch a single shootout.
You must be young. Some of us oldsters still have a deep hatred for Toronto. So glad the Wings can renew that rivalry now.
And just think how sweet it will be when the Wings beat Chicago in the Cup Finals some year.
Absolutely agreed. Growing up, Toronto was Public Enemy Number One, with Chicago a distant second. It was passed on genetically. Chicago was more of a regional rivalry since they sucked pretty hard, but Toronto, they were a deeply hated foe.
There is not a happy dance big or long enough to express my joy at being back in the East.
Maybe it's not an age or a generational thing. The more I know and learn, it just becomes harder for me to be entertained by naked violence.
If Lemieux turned out like Moore, would you still feel the same way? It doesn't matter why McCarty did it. Bert was doing it to stick up for naslund. It shouldn't be allowed because you run the unnecessary risk of severely injuring someone. Although I don't support fighting, it would have been far better to pummel Lemieux face to face, when he's consenting. Not some blindside punch he wasn't expecting. If Lemieux doesn't want to fight, put him into the boards, hard, every chance you get. Also, you could just win. How much does mccarty's fight mean if we ended up losing to the Av's in the playoffs?
McCarty to this day insists Lemiuex knew he coming and that no blindsiding was involved. Take that how you will.
And it still would have meant the world even had things not turned out the same. It wasn't the hit so much (that was bad enough) as Claude's attitude afterward, He deserved a beatdown, period.
I'm not a proponent of stupid penalties and mindless violence, but I am a huge supporter of sticking up for your team and not letting guys like Cowen get away with manhandling anybody, let alone Pavel. I believe in dual-purpose players - those that can contribute effectively and maintain order and mete out justice, which is what true old time hockey was all about.
I've seen muggings from he 70's and 80's that make this incident look like kissing. Thornton went over the line, but that's always happened in different eras as well. You can't take that out of hockey even if you neuter players like Thornton. Hockey players in bad moods sometimes go over the line.
Orpik didn't help himself any by being Brooks Orpik, one of the most disliked defenders in the league.
I must disagree in that for a long time there absolutely was an established, albeit unwritten, code. It died when the instigator rule came in. Sure, back in the guy some guys were playing on the edge or over it, but they knew they would have to answer the bell for it later on. That doesn't happen anymore. That coupled with the increase in equipment protection has led to complete disrespect amongst a lot of the players.