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In Topic: Zetterberg leaves after 2nd Period; "upper body injury"

27 February 2015 - 01:59 PM

I'm not sure how anyone could even consider giving Benn supplemental discipline for that.  If I were the ref and watching the whole play, I'd give them both two minutes, Z for holding or interference and Benn for roughing.  Normally in these incidents though, it either goes totally unnoticed (no one gets called) or they call the roughing as they are following the puck off the draw and aren't paying attention to the interference.

 

This was in no way a sucker punch in my book.  Z was tying him up, he made a forearm push to get free, which didn't work and then punched him in the head.  A sucker punch would be when a player is just standing there and a guy punches him for no reason.  Z was tying him up and Benn was trying to get away.  That same play probably happens, on average, 5-10 times in every game....it just happened to have a bad outcome here.


In Topic: Lindros suing Paul Stewart

27 February 2015 - 11:02 AM

Paul Stewart is really in trouble with this one...not sure how he can possibly avoid losing the lawsuit.  Apparently Eric is denying the story about ripping up the posters as Stewart describes and the guy who Stewart suggests told him the story is also denying it.  Winning the lawsuit would require Stewart to "prove" that the story is "factual".....I think he's going to have a really hard time doing that.

 

My guess is it will somehow be settled without getting to final conclusion though.


In Topic: Avs Coach Roy Not Brightest Bulb

25 February 2015 - 10:30 AM

Getting 2 goals in 12 minutes is not unheard of, but unfortunately, that would have still left them down 4-3.  The fact is, it would be extremely, extremely rare for a team to come back from a 4-1 score halfway through the 3rd period.  Not impossible, but it's not like it happens every week.  That's really what I don't like about the NHL...so hard to score goals these days (again).

 

So, bold move by Roy for sure, but I'd be willing to bet most coaches would have just accepted defeat at that point, at least he was thinking outside the box.


In Topic: Patrick Kane, out anywhere from a month to rest of the season

25 February 2015 - 10:25 AM

I honestly don't think anyone knows at this point.  I'm in Chicago this week and the only word I've heard is potentially 6-10 weeks, but that is pure speculation as well.


In Topic: Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

23 February 2015 - 02:32 PM

I honestly don't think the Kane, or Toews or Crosby's imaginative play comes from any soviet influence as Igor suggests.  I think the issue is that certain players are allowed more freedom than others....perhaps that is part of the problem.  Guys like that are allowed to get away with turning the puck over, guys trying to crack the line up are not given the same latitude.  I think he has a point with that, the NHL, in general, could be much more imaginative and interesting to watch, but the #1 problem is that teams, coaches, GMs, etc. only have 1 priority and that's winning.  It has been proven over and over again that a certain style of play wins out more often than not and that style of play is not always the most interesting.  With that fact out there, I'm not sure how you could ever change things...unless you tried to make rules to avoid certain playing styles (which would be extremely difficult)