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Things are getting out of hand…As usual…As Stephane Robidas suffers another broken leg

I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories.

During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form...

But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening....

And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the Anaheim Ducks trail the Dallas Stars 2-0. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, former Star Stephane Robidas got kneed by collided with Dallas's Ryan Garbutt, and had to leave the game...

And the Ducks slowly but surely responded as they tend to respond:


As Mickey Redmond stated on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, one could easily suggest that the game is becoming "too dangerous" due to a lack of player respect.

Some of this is playoff hockey hate, but injuries become "the story" more often than not, and that's screwy.


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awould's avatar

I didn’t see Robidas get kneed. Looked like some bad luck is all.

Posted by awould on 04/21/14 at 11:53 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I think I’m about done watching “playoff hockey.” In no other sport does the game change radically and the rulebook get shredded just because it is the playoffs. The officiating has been horrific so far (tonight’s PIT/CBS matchup was unwatchable), but the liberties taken are just beyond the pale. This isn’t hockey, this is a mockery of the sport.

I feel like my username should be Ned Braden right now.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/22/14 at 12:18 AM ET

perfection's avatar

This isn’t hockey, this is a mockery of the sport.

so everything you say is technically correct I guess… but it’s also still by far the best sport there is and I don’t know about you but I’ve been watching about 3 playoff games a day and have been glued to my seat. Yeah the refs blow, yeah people are getting killed, some stuff is getting out of hand (which it has every year forever by the way) and some of it really sucks to see, but all the rest has looked like diehard playoff hockey to me with some of the best athletes on the planet giving everything they’ve got in the fastest, toughest game there is. There’s nothing else like quite like it.

So while you may be almost done watching, I for one can’t wait for tomorrows game and no ref or goon or player safety representative or league commissioner is going to ruin that for me

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/22/14 at 12:56 AM ET


Wings have already been thru this, this season. Other teams are just catching up.

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 04/22/14 at 01:23 AM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Things always get out of hand when a team that plays a bully style of hockey are down a couple of scores in a game. They think they can bully their way back into the game: they call it “responding”. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is the Ducks, they play a bully style of hockey, and they are down on the scoreboard, that things got out of hand should not be a surprise. I’m not sure where people have been hiding, but this has been going on in the NHL for generations.
On the other hand, if teams aren’t going to have a legitimate enforcer, then the refs need to call the cheap stuff. So what if the box has 8 people in it. I’m a little with RxB on this issue. Where a ref at center ice will call some phantom something that happens behind the goal with the other ref staring right at it from 3 feet away not calling anything, but then no one calls the cheap shots and intent to injure plays all over the ice. The game was much smoother when refs were allowed to manage a game and make judgment calls on whether or not a penalty was committed. Plays that were out of context of how a series or game was progressing drew a call and there was little confusion from the players what they could or could not do.
But, meh, it’s not like I’m watching anything but the Wings games and when they are finished so am I.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 04/22/14 at 10:00 AM ET

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