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The first couple games of the playoffs have always been interesting from the "how will the game be called" prospective.
Usually these games are called really tight, most every infraction is called as the NHL tries to establish the rules of the game.
But then as the series continue, the calls suddenly are not being made.
For once, I would like to see a game 1 called just like a game 7 would be.
Players ask for consistency then adjust accordingly and hopefully this can be the case this post-season.
NEW YORK (April 28, 2013) – The 2012-13 National Hockey League regular season was a 100-day sprint to the playoffs that crowned five new division champions and qualified five teams for the postseason that missed the playoffs last spring.
The campaign began with Chicago’s historic streak of securing at least one point in each of its first 24 games and saw the Penguins win 15 consecutive games from March 2-30, tying the second-longest winning streak in League history. And, for the second time in as many seasons, it required the last game on the schedule to determine the first-round playoff matchups.
Among the many 2012-13 highlights:
from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of the New York Times,
The number of physical fouls that N.H.L. officials and the league did not punish during the regular season may provide a clue to how closely they will uphold the rules in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
One notable example was the leaping hit from behind by Rangers forward Rick Nash on Florida’s Tomas Kopecky in March that even the N.H.L. acknowledged should have drawn a penalty. The league declined to suspend Nash, saying he did not aim for Kopecky’s head, but its explanation overlooked Nash’s charging into Kopecky.
During last year’s playoffs, the tone was seemingly set on opening night, when Nashville’s Shea Weber punched, then horse-collared Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg as the game ended, twice ramming his head into the glass. Weber received a two-minute roughing penalty from the referees and a $2,500 fine from the league. He probably deserved a major penalty and a suspension, which would have sent a message that such behavior would not be tolerated.
Instead, other first-round series featured sucker punches, maulings, ambushes and head shots galore. The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh series, in particular, turned into one long brawl.
John Shannon of Sportsnet with a list of hockey people he feels are candidates for either a coaching or GM position in the NHL.
Brendan Shanahan – I know, I know, he already has a big job. But I suspect Shanahan will be approached to run a hockey operations department at some point. The former star player is smooth and ambitious. He has created a very high profile, and has strong fan recognition. No one can argue about his hockey acumen and he will be given a chance to be a general manager, sooner than later.
I did not watch Coach's Corner tonight, but by all the Twitter comments tonight, you may want to watch.
Don Cherry brought up females in the dressing room.
added 9:33pm, YouTube version of tonight's Coach's Corner can be viewed below.
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Talk about the games tonight, the upcoming playoffs, the teams that did not make it or just anything hockey related.
added 7:44pm, Nashville had a goal waved off due to kicking motion.
"How would I fare (in today's game)? I'd make about 12 million a year, score 25 goals, don't wear any equipment. Maybe shin pads. You'd have to block the odd shot. Then I'd hit somebody and I'd be suspended for half a year and I'd be donating six million dollars, which is not bad. I'd still have six million left. You could get suspended at Christmastime and go snowmobiling until the playoffs start and you're ready to go."
-former NHL player Dave "Tiger" Williams. More from Williams on the rules of the game by Greg Harder of the Leader-Post.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Henrik Sedin might not be the most objective source on the subject so, even if he’s 100-per-cent right, you can take his views with a grain of salt.
“Yes, absolutely,” the Canucks captain answered when asked if the officiating standard has changed this season.
“I think it’s too late now, but going into next season you’ve got to go back to the last lockout where they called everything. Guys are going to stop hooking if they know they’re going to get called. Right now there’s way too much of that.”
Kerry Fraser, on the other hand, is a more objective source on this subject and he sees the same things. In 30 years as a referee, Fraser called more than 2,000 regular-season and playoff games and was working right after the 2004-05 lockout when, in a stunning development, the game was called by the rulebook. That era now is referred to as the “good old days,” in hockey circles.
“I would have to agree (with Henrik),” said Fraser, who now works as an analyst for TSN.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I was watching the live feed of the game last night on the NHL Network and felt badly for my friend, referee Tom Kowal when he was unofficially creditedwith a 'helper' on Daniel Carcillo's goal. Beyond that feeling my immediate response was, "Oh no, not again!" (Referee in a traffic lane.)...
Officials occupy necessary space on the ice and must constantly navigate to avoid contact with players and the puck. Most importantly the Referee must position himself in the very best location to see the play with an unobstructed view in order to make a good judgment. That typically means out of high volume traffic areas.
I don't blame Referee Kowal or his colleagues for often standing in this high traffic area behind the goal with a less than perfect sightline and much greater risk for personal injury. They are only doing as they are instructed by their Superiors in the "new way" that is poorly thought out and defies logic and common sense. This change for the sake of change is a bad idea and results in a giant step backward with regard to Referee End Zone Positioning - 101.
read on and watch the goal below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Yes, of course, Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins are candidates, but it is becoming more difficult to suggest anyone is more deserving of the Hart Trophy than John Tavares of the Islanders.
- How did that triangulation between Shea Weber, the Flyers and the Predators wind up working out for the parties — other than the $110 million coming to the defenseman?
- P.A. Parenteau, there’s one that got away from the Rangers for no apparent reason
- Nashville, Philadelphia and the Devils — the NHL’s hat trick of 2012-13 disappointments, wouldn’t you say?
- Boy, that Kevin Lowe sure likes to remind everyone of how much of a winner he used to be.
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