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Order Restored?

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

Perhaps Wednesday will go down as the day the NHL regained some control over the Stanley Cup playoffs and did it in the most logical manner – having the referees call penalties rather than “let the boys play.”

It was obvious that the refs were letting very little go in both the Penguins-Flyers and Rangers-Senators games. The result was often power plays that cost the offending teams and it sent a strong message that the NHL was trying to reclaim the tournament and dampen the brutal atmosphere that surrounded the opening games.

There were a whopping seven power play goals in the Penguins’ 10-3 whooping of the Flyers on Wednesday night, with Pittsburgh staying alive despite its inadequate goaltending so far in this round. The Flyers’ netminding, if you want to call it that, has been no better and the suspicions many (including us) had about both Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov now appear justified. In the Senators’ 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers, there were three power play goals. Out west, the Canucks got two PPGs in their 3-1 win over the Kings to stay alive in that series.

On TSN, Kerry Fraser recognized what was going on and praised the officials for taking control. In the NBC Sports Network studio, Mike Milbury grumbled that the refs were calling too much in the Battle of Pennsylvania game, and so did Ken Warren of The Ottawa Citizen, who was watching the Rangers-Sens tilt.


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I am surprised that there aren’t any suspensions to both Kubina and Rinaldo.  Rinaldo for punching Z in the head and Kubina for three cross-checks to the head of Cooke.

There was also a high stick chop to the neck of Orpik from Grioux.
And a flying elbow to the head of Despres from Matt Read.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/19/12 at 05:55 PM ET


Mike Milbury grumbled that the refs were calling too much in the Battle of Pennsylvania game, and so did Ken Warren of The Ottawa Citizen, who was watching the Rangers-Sens tilt.

Also Don Cherry was whining about inconsistency. Kudos to the league for trying to get order back. Too bad they let a lot go in the LA Vancouver game. The Sedin elbow to Dustin Brown’s head is a prime example.

Posted by timbits on 04/19/12 at 06:06 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/19/12 at 03:55 PM ET

And the head shot by Malkin on Grossmann who may miss game 5.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/19/12 at 06:26 PM ET


I think Rinaldo’s misconduct covered about all he is going to get. Carkner got one game for about 7 blows to the head. Then again, who knows what setting the wheel is on today.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/19/12 at 06:49 PM ET

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  DO YOU NEED A NAPKIN ?????????

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/19/12 at 06:49 PM ET

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