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The Senators didn’t lack appreciation for Alfredsson. Go to ottawasenators.com and the first thing you see is a “Thank you” page, very classy considering the circumstances. But, it shows how careful you have to be. For just one moment, they slipped. It will never be the same.
After the Bobby Ryan trade, you can debate if the Senators or the Red Wings are the truer contender. But there is one thing you can’t debate: this should never have happened.
-Elliotte Friedman of CBC where you can read more on the Senators/Alfredsson debate...
A Stanley Cup ring is a shiny, mesmerizing thing. Alfredsson decided that with his time winding he had to make a drastic, bold move to take one last swipe at it.
Good luck to him. No matter what happens from here, his career will never be the same.
-Michael Grange of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson leaving Ottawa to sign with Detroit. More from Grange on Alfredsson.
Make sure to check out The Malik Report for all Detroit related news...
Pavel Datsyuk will be with the Detroit Red Wings for another 4 years after agreeing to a 3-year extension today.
Make sure to check out The Malik Report throughout the day on additional news on Datsyuk and the Wings.
A longtime NHL player, who has requested anonymity, contacted the Examiner and asked for the following post to run in response to the controversial play that occurred late in the third period of Wednesday night’s decisive Game 7 of the Chicago-Detroit series.
One of two things should have happened. One, Walkom - the trailing official, should have let the exchange go without making a call. It was a nothing play, it did not interfere with a scoring chance and the game is clearly at a point where it’s time for the players to decide the outcome.
Two, call it for what it is - it's roughing on Detroit and flag the offending Wing for a minor. In either case, the goal stands and the team that should have won would have won, right then and there as Hjalmarsson scores. (Fortunately, for NHL hockey ops and for Walkom, Chicago did win in spite of the botched call)....
Here's the bigger question though ... is this an isolated missed call or a symptom of a larger systematic concern? You guessed right; it's the latter.
I have played in too many games where NHL officials are doing everything in their power to "even things out." No matter who's playing whom and no matter how they're playing, it was all too common for officials to attempt to mete out an equal number of minor penalties to each team. Meaning, going in to any given game, the men in black adopt the approach that the penalties taken by the visitors will, for the most part, equal the number of penalties taken by the home team. All is fair if everybody gets their fair share, right?
more at the Examiner...
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Had Detroit won in overtime, the NHL would have been turning 50 shades of blue. The work of its on-ice officials would have come under scrutiny. The media would have pounced; the players would have piled on. Forget about working another game; Walkom would have been lucky to get out of Chicago unscathed.
He was, after all, culpable on more than one front: he blew the whistle on matching minors scrubbing a play that ended with Chicago scoring. The penalties were on the opposite side of the rink and had no bearing on the action. And while Detroit’s Kyle Quincey deserved his roughing infraction for body slamming Chicago’s Brandon Saad to the ice, all Saad did was land in a heap. (“Worst call of the playoffs,” tweeted Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche.)
At that moment, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman must have broken out in a rash thinking, “There goes our beautiful Conference finals involving the last four Stanley Cup winners. Who can I suspend for this?”
more and other NHL topics too...
Did you miss or want to review the controversial matching penalty call, watch it below...
An on the edge of the seat type game, the Blackhawks win 2-1 in OT.
The LA Kings travel to Chicago for games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is the Brent Seabrook OT goal.
Winner moves on, loser goes golfing, stars must play like stars, goaltending is so important, avoid penalties, go hard to the net, shoot, short shifts, score first, play to win, go all out every shift, watch the line changes.
Have I covered all the bases?
Feel free to comment on the game and may the best team win.
Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
As for me, after spending a little over 24 hours in the hospital, I hope I am on the road to recovery.
I will be pacing myself for the next few days, relaxing when I feel the urge to do so but other than that, let's just drop the puck.
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
Chicago has gotten all it bargained for from Detroit in the Western Conference semifinals. Heavily favored entering the series, the Blackhawks have been taken to a decisive Game 7 by the Red Wings. In the process, however, the Hawks have shown plenty of moxie, even if they haven’t been dominant from A to Z like some analysts expected them to be.
The name that first comes to mind in Chicago is goaltender Corey Crawford, who’s allowed his team to climb back in the series after dropping Games 2, 3 and 4. Crawford, despite a few tricky moments this postseason, is still posting a 1.78 Goals Against Average and a .936 Save Percentage.
I have no issue with the awarding of a penalty shot on this play from last night.
What I do have an issue with is if that is penalty shot worthy, then the NHL must make that call on a consistent basis and they haven't, so controversy arises because of it.
added 11:24am, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean address the penalty shot at the 2:05 mark of the video below...
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