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Wow…That Must Have Taken A Lot Of Energy

Look. I will never deny a bit of bitching here when Gary’s refs burn the Wings.  Are we proud of that? No. It is what it is. 

But this is taking it to a whole new level. 

It’s hard enough to beat the Detroit Red Wings. But when you have to beat the officials as well, it becomes a huge undertaking.

That’s Adam Brady, Director of Publications & New Media for the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.

Adam? Well. Adam’s whining like a little bitch. 

And he…just…doesn’t…stop.

The goal that Johan Franzen scored last night to take a 4-3 lead on the Ducks in the third period was knocked in with a high stick. Plain and simple. It was not a goal.

Understand you may not have agreed with that call Adam. 

That’s no goal. Let me say that again: That’s no goal. And as we watched the replays while it was being reviewed back in the War Room in Toronto, it seemed obvious the goal would be overturned.

It was not.

Dude.  I understand where you’re coming from.  You feel your team, your employer, was treated poorly. 

I’m traditionally not one to complain about officiating. I typically think bad calls/good calls even out for both teams over time. But the failure to overturn that goal was hardly the only blown call that went against the Ducks last night. And by the way, this one was gagged by the guys who weren’t even on the ice, but by the replay officials who 9 times out of 10 seem to get the call right. This one? Well, maybe the boys in Toronto couldn’t manage to stay awake, since it was past midnight Eastern time

Adam, stop.  That’s enough young man.  You’ll give yourself a hernia.  Plus, as we said above, you kinda sound like a, well, like a bitch.

And while that was the worst of it, it was hardly the only questionable call that buried the Ducks. One of the most egregious was the phantom tripping call on Sammy Pahlsson 6:45 into the third period, when it was clear Brad Stuart simply lost an edge and went down, with Pahlsson doing nothing more than skating next to him. Meanwhile, just before that happened, it look as if goalie Chris Osgood played the puck outside the trapezoid. So not only should the Ducks not have had to kill that penalty for a critical two minutes, but they probably should have been on a power play themselves for a delay of game.

I have a friend whom I sit next to in the press box at every home game, and every time a bad call goes against the Ducks (real or imagined), he jokingly says, “What, are we playing Detroit?” I laugh every time.

Today, it doesn’t seem so funny.

Adam? It does seem funny.  It really does.

Have a nice night.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com