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Evening Line, TMR version: did the hockey gods perform an even-up?

For those of you who believe in the "hockey gods," this may have been the "even-up" for the Red Wings' last-30-seconds, off-the-netting-and-in goal against Los Angeles: en route to Sunday night's 5-4 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers, Brian Campbell accidentally but rather flagrantly got his stick up under Tomas Tatar's visor, causing a nasty gash and a decent amount of bleeding.

Instead of awarding the Red Wings a 4-minute power play with about 15 seconds left in regulation, however, neither referees nor linesmen saw the event, and Tatar was absolutely furious as he confronted the referee prior to overtime, very bluntly asking how the ref didn't notice what happened.

Squeamish be warned: there be blood in this clip from, ironically, We All Bleed Red:

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Chet's avatar

yeah, it was a bad missed call for sure.

still, the wings gave that second point away. they shouldn’t have needed that 4-min PP to get the win.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/27/14 at 01:11 AM ET

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It was a horrible call to miss, and surprising no one saw it, but it’s not a “hockey Gods” thing in this case.

We deserved to lose this one. We didn’t have any fight for most of that third period, and we gave the game away. The “protect defense” doesn’t work, and we got caught playing dumb hockey.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/27/14 at 01:21 AM ET

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it was a terrible missed call because, as Tatar was obviously pointing out to the ref, the puck was in the air by his face and the refs should be watching the puck. It wasn’t all that subtle of a hit. I do wonder if the ref down low didn’t think the puck was what hit him? Still incredibly dangerous to stab your stick like that face height.

let’s no also forget the goal that was waived off on another terrible call that smelled like Homer’s reputation calls all over again. This time it was a little cryfest by Timmy that got the call. That was a joke too.

and, like you guys point out, even with these two botched calls, we STILL should have obviously won.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 01/27/14 at 01:32 AM ET

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I’m still amazed by Boyes shortie. He had the puck, Nyquist didn’t, and he out skated Nyquist all the way down the ice. And then, to top it off, put a perfect far side shot in.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/27/14 at 07:23 AM ET

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I’m still amazed by Boyes shortie. He had the puck, Nyquist didn’t, and he out skated Nyquist all the way down the ice. And then, to top it off, put a perfect far side shot in.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/27/14 at 07:23 AM ET

That was just a good shot and good all-around effort by Boyes. Nyquist skated his balls off trying to catch up. Unfortunate, but what are you going to do.
Non-call on Tatar highstick is not hockey gods, but the ever so diminishing quality in officiating. It is getting worse and worse every year. Quite frankly I think the game is too fast for them to call it properly.

Posted by George0211 on 01/27/14 at 08:08 AM ET

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Nyquist isn’t a fast guy.  I don’t understand why that’s some kind of mystery.  He is in many aspects of his game very similar to Jiri Hudler, and a lot of the same sorts of expectations ought to be applied to him.  He’s not going to give you much defense, he’s not big or physical, and he’s not more than an average skater.

What he is, is a skilled player, so as long as he can be in the right positions to employ that skill he can be an effective offensive player.  Expecting much more than that isn’t terribly fair to him.

As far as the game itself went Florida got three huge breaks, cashed them all in, and got 2 points for it.  The puck deflecting off a stick in front leading to a tap in goal was one, Tatar getting jobbed was two, and having D and Z and Howard out and Franzen out of shape was three.

Heck, if you’d tell me before the game that D and Z would be out, Detroit would have a puck luck goal scored against and they’d lose a 4 minute PP at the end of regulation I’d have given the team pretty short odds to even get one point.

I thought the team played really well, and how they (didn’t) play in the third period was more a function of youth and an occasional 2 goal lead than it was about being outplayed.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/27/14 at 10:55 AM ET

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Not that the Monster lost that game for us, but I think we would’ve won with Howard in the net. 

Sucks that they lost, but the play of the kids remains promising, especially without
Pav and Hank, and with Franzen on his first game back, and Alfie on his 2nd.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 01/27/14 at 11:00 AM ET

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let’s no also forget the goal that was waived off on another terrible call that smelled like Homer’s reputation calls all over again. This time it was a little cryfest by Timmy that got the call. That was a joke too.

Like I said in the live blog, you can go ahead and spear a guy in the face, but whatever you do, dont stand too close to a goalie.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/27/14 at 11:50 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Isn’t that our 2nd goal this year that Timmy Thomas has acted his way into being waved off?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/27/14 at 12:01 PM ET

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i think so, figaro. i dislike that guy more and more…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/27/14 at 12:05 PM ET

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his rule seems to be, “well, if it goes in, i may as well flop immediately and hope for a call.” scummy.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/27/14 at 12:06 PM ET

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Tomas Tatar is a beast.
He’s tied with Alfredsson for third on the team with 12 goals, despite playing so much of his season with guys who don’t have the first clue about offense.

When Datsyuk returns:
Tatar Datsyuk Alfredsson
Franzen Zetterberg Nyquist
Abdelkader Helm Miller
Bertuzzi Weiss Cleary

With strong possibility given to replacing Bertuzzi or Cleary with kids.

I’d like Datsyuk and Zetterberg to play together, but I just can’t come up with a good line with Weiss as 2C

Posted by Captain Bob on 01/28/14 at 01:20 AM ET

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