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Chicago Survives As Does Walkom

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?”

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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 fact that Chicago scored makes everything ok, or that the league dodged a bullet, seems ridiculous.  The officiating’s been consistenly bad in multiple series, not just a handful of games or just in 2 periods of last night’s game.

Posted by GR Joe on 05/30/13 at 09:22 AM ET

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Never mind that Saad tripped Zetterberg to start the whole sequence…

and that Nyquist was boarded on the eventual GWG in OT…

and that the Blackhawks were allowed to literally set picks all night (among many other transgressions).

Don’t get me wrong, some infractions by the Wings were ignored too. Other than the Saad penalty, however, the penalties that were called on Chicago were pretty blatant and basically had to be called. The Wings, on the other hand, were again subjected to incredibly weak hooking calls (at one point, the nbcsports chimps even called for another penalty shot).

Bottom line: lil’ gary and nbc got the result they wanted. That’s what really matters.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/30/13 at 09:43 AM ET

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Had Detroit won in overtime, the NHL would have been turning 50 shades of blue

But they were already in the intermission.  Millbury was ready to eat a small child.  The real facts seemed to be: any penalty against Detroit, no matter how bad, can be accepted so long as Chicago is successful, but anything that could potentially derail the big Chicago-Boston-Pittsburgh moment is to be reviled for all time.  A trivial slap that becomes a game winning penalty shot?  meh (it’s the rules).  Bolland boarding Nyquist on the series winning play? (referees’ discretion .... the right non-call).  My point is you only need to imagine Franzen boarding Sharp on a game winning play, or Zetterberg being harmlessly slapped on a mostly non-clear breakaway to grasp the overreach of the media on this double minor call. 

Want some more?  Just watch the LA Chicago series.  When was the last time the reigning Stanley Cup champ got such little attention?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/30/13 at 09:48 AM ET

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“The fact that Chicago scored makes everything ok, or that the league dodged a bullet, seems ridiculous”
That’s the thing about Russian Roulette, eventually there’s a live round in the chamber.

Posted by dwgs on 05/30/13 at 09:57 AM ET

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So at this point is it just safe to assume every single person having to do with the Hawks is an unintelligent, brain-dead moron who is completely blinded by homerism?

Can you IMAGINE the uproar if that’d been Sharp or Kane boarded face-first in OT?  Whineshinski would have to pen a 50,000-word diatribe on the “evil Wings” and how the league always gets it wrong to favor the Wings.  Kerry Fraser (who has never once said refs got a call wrong) would say they got it wrong and comdemn.  It would be ridiculous.

Or if Hossa had been tripped and a Wings goal nullified, can you imagine the “IT WAS A GREAT CALL, THE RIGHT CALL” everyone would be giving and the back-patting that would commence?

Everyone… EVERYONE hates the Wings and will do or say anything that goes against them.  Refs, media, league… everyone.  Everyone is just so sick of the continued success and they just want it to end, and will attempt to justify ANYTHING that might finally end it so they can finally feel better about themselves/their team.  You think it doesn’t aggravate EVERYONE that Lidstorm finally (FINALLY) leaves, DET is in a rebuilding year… and they nearly make the WCF?

Everyone is wearing anti-Wing goggles anymore.  The media in general, the refs, the league.  Nobody can be reasonable about anything because that involves them getting past their Wings hate/envy.

Posted by Primis on 05/30/13 at 10:09 AM ET

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i still don’t see how that call is so controversial.  Walkom is making that call before the goal is scored.  So there was no goal to wipe out, play had already been stopped.  Yeah, i’m sure it was frustrating for fans in the building, but that isn’t an excuse for the media.

You also have to remember that a player was injured on a similar incident at the benches earlier in the game that wasn’t called.

Posted by jwad on 05/30/13 at 10:13 AM ET

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Everyone… EVERYONE hates the Wings and will do or say anything that goes against them.  Refs, media, league… everyone.  Everyone is just so sick of the continued success and they just want it to end, and will attempt to justify ANYTHING that might finally end it so they can finally feel better about themselves/their team.  You think it doesn’t aggravate EVERYONE that Lidstorm finally (FINALLY) leaves, DET is in a rebuilding year… and they nearly make the WCF?

I’m not sure if this is sarcasm or not.  I do think there is some Wings hate.  But more I think it’s just a reflection of how hollow and beholden the media is to the idea of big markets success.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/30/13 at 10:27 AM ET

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The hate is there, it’s just to a varying degree in different places.  Living in Chicago it’s obvious that the hate for the WIngs trumps all.  I was at a bar in 2010 when the Hawks closed out Philly to win the Cup and there was lots of cheering and singing of that stupid song I refuse to name. A friend of mine (Hawk fan) watched the game at a bar last night and sent me a video from his cell phone shortly after the game.  At least 50 people chanting “Detroit sucks” at the top of their lungs for almost 2 minutes.  The Wings are in everyone’s head.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/30/13 at 11:02 AM ET

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Living in Chicago it’s obvious that the hate for the WIngs trumps all

Born of envy.  Ownership of chicago teams is so awful, and has been for so long.  Hawks fans just dont’ have an identify outside of their Detroit hate.  But they are gonna have to get one now, cause pappa bear just left the conference.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/30/13 at 11:34 AM ET

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lol, MoreShoot, it definitely wasn’t sarcasm by Primis, I assure you. Moderation isn’t exactly his cup of tea.

Detroit has been a highly successful franchise and has some natural rivals. Good ol’ Norris division love. Nothing complicated. C’est la vie.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/30/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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Never mind that Saad tripped Zetterberg to start the whole sequence…

and that Nyquist was boarded on the eventual GWG in OT…

And E52 getting interfered with?

The ‘setting picks’ thing doesn’t bother me as the Wings seem to always do it so I can let that go. The MSM this morning though…even NBC….*eyeroll.

Good job Wings. You still scared the piss out of the WC with a team that shouldn’t have been playing in May.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/30/13 at 11:37 AM ET

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The ‘setting picks’ thing doesn’t bother me as the Wings seem to always do it so I can let that go.

Virtually every team gets away with interference to a certain degree, but the ones I’m talking about were pretty extreme. The nbcsports chimps even pointed one out, laughing it off and adding “bam” for emphasis.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/30/13 at 01:07 PM ET

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if you look closely zetterberg was bumped a little and flopped after a good non call and Saad did absolutely nothing to deserve a roughing minor.  as far as what you thought was a boarding non call on bolland was a hit from side and nyquist went shoulder into the boards and bounced right back up

Posted by pucksnut on 05/30/13 at 02:20 PM ET

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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

None of this happened.  Quincey put a good hard check on Saad, who then grabbed Quincey by the head and dragged them both to the ice.

if you look closely zetterberg was bumped a little and flopped after a good non call and Saad did absolutely nothing to deserve a roughing minor.  as far as what you thought was a boarding non call on bolland was a hit from side and nyquist went shoulder into the boards and bounced right back up

Posted by pucksnut on 05/30/13 at 02:20 PM ET

Complete bullshit.  Bolland’s hit was square in the numbers and Nyquist went in face first.  And Zetterberg was tripped.  You can read above for what Saad did.  It was definitely not “nothing.”

As for the “call” in general, it DID NOT wipe out a goal.  Walkom made the call BEFORE the goal was scored.  Since it was penalties on both teams, as soon as the puck was touched by anyone, the play is dead.  It’s really simple.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 05/30/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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