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Rick Nash Can’t Draw A Call

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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Evilpens's avatar

Someone call the WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAmbulance for Mikey red face

Posted by Evilpens on 12/09/10 at 11:01 AM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Get the roquefort out, it goes good with this whine.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 12/09/10 at 11:10 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Silly Arace should know the league mandate that the Pens get all the calls.

But hey, it’s not like they refs would allow the Pens to have too many men on the ice and not call it or something.

Errrr, wait…

Posted by Primis on 12/09/10 at 11:20 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

welcome to Holmstrom’s world. ten years running

Posted by Rdwings28 on 12/09/10 at 11:43 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Breaking news, NHL officials build biases over time. Shocking.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/09/10 at 12:31 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Shocking news. CBJ is correct here.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/10 at 12:42 PM ET

Moq's avatar

One of the problems is the Blue Jackets have not won and so they do not get the same respect as, say, the Red Wings, who set a series of illegal picks to abet their transition game.

Shocking news. CBJ is correct here.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 12/09/10 at 01:41 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

those “illegal picks” are called playing defense. People who have watched hockey since before 2004 can recognize that tactic.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/10 at 02:08 PM ET


When Michael Arace complains about a team I don’t like he’s right. When Michael Arace complains about a team I do like he’s wrong. What a stupid position.

Posted by StevieSteve on 12/09/10 at 02:31 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Because no one can be right about some things and not others. Sorry, but I don’t subscribe to your binary analytical tool set.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/10 at 02:51 PM ET


Apparently you don’t subscribe to hard data or rulebook-wording either.

Posted by StevieSteve on 12/09/10 at 03:22 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Is this internet tough guy thing working for you? It’s not working for me.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/10 at 04:58 PM ET


Internet Tough guy? I don’t think that term means what you think it means, but whatever. There should be another ‘three star’ selection in a few days, so I’ll leave you to prep for your next anyeurism.

Posted by StevieSteve on 12/09/10 at 07:07 PM ET

redxblack's avatar


Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/09/10 at 09:02 PM ET

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