Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/09/10 at 11:28 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Nash has 241 goals and 442 points in 542 career games. He has a Rocket Richard Trophy (leading goal scorer) and an Olympic gold medal. He is a player of stature. Yet, he is treated by referees as a third-line grinder. It is not right.
On Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in town and Tyler Kennedy slew-footed Nash as the puck dropped on the opening faceoff. No call. Moments later, Sidney Crosby applied a two-handed slash - Carew-like, if not Ruthian - to the hands of Marc Methot. No call. And moments after that, Chris Clark touched Crosby with his stick - and went off to the box for slashing.
Crosby remains infamous for crying bloody murder during his rookie season a few years back. Good for him. In the NHL, whining is sometimes rewarded - and under certain circumstances, it should be. Crosby deserves the benefit. He’s the best player in the league, he has the puck all the time and he should be protected. Fans don’t pay to see him carved to the ice.
Why was Nash allowed to be felled? He’s not Crosby, but he’s not Matt Cooke, either. Come on already.
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