June 4th, 2009, 08:26 PM #61
Bettman is to blame for the horrible officiating in this series as well as the lame NBC contract. I would've told NBC to go f#$k themselves when they said back to back games. Not only did he screw the players, he screwed us the fans as well. The refs actually looked confused at times so far this series. I'm wondering if directives sent from Toronto are dictating what should and shouldn't be called.
Games 1 and 2 was pure neutral zone trap pre lockout hockey. The "new" rules were non-existent. Games 3 and 4 featured a slew of missed calls on both sides, however, the "new" rules looked like they were being enforced.
Bettman is a snake oil salesman. It appears that nothing about the game is sacred to him. He will sell it all out in search of the all mighty dollar.
The bottom line here is that the NHL needs a change in leadership.
June 4th, 2009, 08:36 PM #62
i often refrain from criticizing officiating. refs are human and are going to miss things. but i cannot believe how terrible the officiating has been in this series. it's unreal.
June 4th, 2009, 09:44 PM #63
i was actually glad they did the first two games on the weekend. my husband and i were able to watch them together and he didn't have to worry about trying to watch it while working...
i agree about the officiating. worst i've ever seen, but hey, at least the series is tied. i was dreading a sweep or some such which would've made it both a much too early end and boring.
June 4th, 2009, 09:51 PM #64
i like more hockey. i'll take it. but i'd like to see some decent officiating next game. no more covering pucks in the crease, no more offside plays leading to goals, no more too many men.
June 4th, 2009, 10:35 PM #65
So glad this is tied 2-2.
Pens need to steal this upcoming game so badly right now.
June 4th, 2009, 11:33 PM #66
Exactly. On top of the fact that I hate the Ducks more than anything else on this planet, I wanted to see the Wings win that semifinal series against Anaheim for their loyal fans in the state of Michigan. (In their game 5 win against Anaheim they had a 22.1 tv rating on FSDetroit, the largest in Detroit history) Yes, I know the entire country is suffering, but Michigan is especially beyond critical condition.
Originally Posted by KingsFan4Ever
Hockey in Michigan means so much more to the average fan there than to the average "fan" in Anaheim. In Detroit it's a welcomed escape from the dreaded reality of life and the economy.
We know that Pittsburgh is getting hard hit as well in these economic times, and that being said I want this to be a tough seven game series so that at least both teams fans are rewarded to some extent.
And oh yeah,
THANK THE HOCKEY GODS THE DUCKS ARE NOT PLAYING FOR THE STANLEY CUP AGAIN
Last edited by CHARAzard; June 4th, 2009 at 11:38 PM.
June 5th, 2009, 01:45 AM #67
I can't remember the last time I saw the Red Wings cough up the puck as much as they did in Game 4. Maybe the '93-94 season? They look exhausted. Fleury needs to be huge next game.
June 5th, 2009, 11:06 AM #68
Niklas Kronwall is the most overrated Wings defenseman in many MANY years.
June 5th, 2009, 12:16 PM #69
They're making NBA officiating look credible.
Originally Posted by rcc
June 5th, 2009, 01:16 PM #70
So is Crosby going to be able to play in game 5 after having his leg nearly amputated in the 3rd yesterday?