by Tony on 04/18/09 at 08:14 PM ET
Or so it seems.
Here we go. You just knew it was coming, didn’t ya ??
The Flyers are doing their best “Why is everybody picking on me” gamesmanship during the off day while both teams head east to Philadelphia for Game Three.
Ya think being down 0-2 has anything to do with it ??
Today, it was veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen who blew most of the hot air. Kimmo said “The only thing that I notice is that I didn’t see the refs yelling at their bench, not one time. And I can see them coming over to our bench a few times. It makes you wonder, ‘Why?’ That’s for other people to judge. We just go out there and play. And hopefully, we get some breaks, too.” “Obviously, they had something to tell. Was it us yelling at them? Or them to us? I don’t know,” he said. “But you see [their] guys going to the refs and talking to them and it looks like they talk to them back. But when we go to talk to them, they yell at us. It’s a little bit of a difference. It’s not something we can control.”
And then it was Coach John Stevens, who couldn’t resist throwing in a jab or two himself, suggesting that the Penguins “tend to talk a little more than most teams.”
Hey, we all know, this is exactly what happens. All teams, particularly teams losing in a series, are gonna work the referees, via the media of course, in the attempt to get more of an advantage the next game.
It’ll surely go both ways, if and when the Penguins lose. You’ll see IHCDB up there questioning a call or two made during the game. That’s just how it works in pro sports.
But back to Timonen. Excuse me, senor Kimmo, but don’t you think that the lack of a penalty shot call against Scott Hartnell for throwing his stick on a Petr Sykora slapshot would be classified as a “break” ?? Are you seriously telling us that the two Flyers penalties called in overtime, the cross-check to Mike Knuble and the broken stick slash on Claude Giroux, were not the proper calls ??
With just a shred of discipline, the Flyers could easily be tied in this series, but instead, they chose to 1) make a cross-check right in front of the net while you were on a powerplay in overtime, and then 2) commit a ridiculous overhand slash in the neutral zone to give the Penguins a 5-on-3 powerplay, and basically, that was the ballgame.
So Kimmo, you can blame the refs all you want, but perhaps you can take this bit of advice. Want someone to blame ?? Tell your teammates to look in the mirror.
We’ll see about 24 hours from now if they listened.
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