by Vince Maranto on 04/18/12 at 03:10 PM ET
If you’ve read me at all before, you know that a couple of things have been consistent in all 125 + blogs. One, I have never complained about the officiating or questioned the lack of a penalty. That’s over.
How 4 men on the ice could not see the puck carrier get hit the way he did is beyond me. Yes, I know only 2 of them call penalties, but I have seen conferences in the past.
Torres, for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, came in on Hossa, left his skates, and delivered a head blow just feet away from a referee. He was knocked to the ice and lay motionless at first. The doctor and 2 EMT’s removed him from the ice on a neck stabilizing stretcher board. Unbelievably, no penalty was given out.
Ok, now on to the game itself…...
So let me get this straight. Shaw collides with a goalie and get a 5 minute major and a game misconduct and Torres is not even penalized? Give me a break. That was an absolute joke. When the league reviews the hit, all 4 officials should also be punished in some way. And it’s not like this came out of nowhere. The league has been watching out for EXACTLY this kind of play all year, not to mention the recent problems in the Play Offs. If Shaw got a 3 game suspension, this should be worth around 10 games in my opinion. ESPECIALLY if you take into consideration the past history of Torres, which they must!
It was a start and stop beginning to the 1st period. Then from a successful Hawks PK until the Hossa debacle there wasn’t a whistle. By the way, there were penalties handed out after that hit. Bollig got a 2 minute roughing and a 10 minute misconduct for protecting a team mate from attempted murder. Now I’m aggravated again. The Hawks killed that one off also. Then with 28 seconds left, a Kaner shot went off of Brunette for the 1 - 0 Hawks lead, going into the locker room.
In the 2nd period, like the entire series, there was stellar performances by both goal tenders. The Hawks squandered 3 Power Plays in this period. On the first one, the Yotes almost scored short handed. Toews was handed a roughing penalty at the close of the period that would carry into the 3rd. Crawford and Smith had a stare down at center ice, as the teams were leaving the ice, and had to be separated. It should be noted that neither team has ever had more than a one goal lead in the first 3 games. This would hold true through out the this entire game. Phoenix out shot the Hawks 22 - 20 up to this point.
In the 3rd period, there were more good saves on each side. Then during coincidental minors, in less than a minute and a half, 3 goals were scored Phoenix, then Chicago, then Phoenix. Bang, bang bang, . 2 - 2 game. Of course the game ended in a tie. Another overtime.
In the OT, the Coyotes scored on what my son calls “that thing I hate”. Basically it’s when the puck is on the side and the goalie drops to one, knee, and tries to put the paddle flat, and opens up a 5 hole & room under the stick. But, that’s a whole ‘nother blog. 3 - 2 Phoenix and a 2 - 1 Series lead.
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