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Cooke is the greatest cheap shot artist in the history of the universe if he was able to do that on purpose.
that is really something
hey hockey fans, is there any advantage in hockey being left-handed?
if you're right handed, playing with a left handed stick gives you better stick control since your dominant hand is on the top of the stick. but if you play with a right handed stick, it gives your shot more power because your dominant hand is lower.
FWIW, Oduya thought the same thing, zack. Well, I'm not the only one who thinks the Wings needed to finish it tonight. They may have actually outplayed the Hawks for only the 2nd time this series. Hawks are lucky that awful goal didn't end the season.
This series would already be over if Detroit's goalie hadn't stolen two games. The Blackhawks are fine and still the favorites to win the Cup if they win Wednesday.
I notice we still have a chance, if the Kings and Blackhawks take care of business, of the four teams left standing being the last four champions. That's neat.
I don't think you can put the series entirely on Howard's shoulders though. I said before it started that I wasn't worried about the Wings because the way to beat the Blackhawks was through obstruction, and they wouldn't use it systematically. And I was wrong.
Where was a I complaining? The Wings adjusted tactically in the way they needed to, and have done an admirable job of gumming up everything the Hawks are good at. The tactic they chose may be de jure illegal, but it is completely de facto legal in the NHL. I wish that were not true because I think it is to the detriment to the game, but it is a fact of the sport and I haven't said anything about the refs.
As for the penalty shot, that was pretty much a textbook call. The only thing unjust about it is that the refs have failed to make that call twice previously in the series.
Lots of people perceive a left-handed stick grip as better, as evidenced by the legions of right-handed players that skate lefthanded.
I understand the frustration, but seeing as it was the right call I think gift is still unfair. Now, the disallowed goal in 3 on the other hand..
Edit: And go...Wings? I guess? Since the Kings can apparently only win at home, I guess Detroit advancing would be nice. I can't actually cheer for the Red Wings though.
There's always a handful of guys who were (at best) decent players and get paired with the right guy and suddenly they're 30+ goal scorers.
Be fashionably late. While I do think the Kings match up quite well with the Hawks, I'd still think you'd prefer the Wings because they have more weaknesses.
Or Bernie Nichols scoring 70 goals when Gretzky came to town.
Nicholls was coming off a couple 40+ goal seasons before that, so he was always a goal scorer.
an even BETTER example may be Kevin Stevens
But over the course of a series, it will be interesting to see if the Kings' size can wear them down. They are a really, really big team.
I think it's just a matter of how you learn the game
I don't recall him playing with Gretzky all that much that season aside from the power play.
I think Tortorella's a damn good coach.
Grantland has a 30 for 30 short up on Clint Malarchuk. Not for the faint of heart.
Hey, I teared up a little during Dolla Bill's moment of silence. I've never been more proud of my fellow fans.
I loved the way Tortorella treated reporters. More coaches should do that.
that's the third worst thing about chris pronger's career being over. he was breathtaking at a press conference.
Mist have something against the hawks...i hooe he never refs one of tjere games again
DO NOT LET A DECISIVE GAME BE DECIDED BY A PENALTY is definitely a directive officials get from the league office.
The problem with the play was that Saad did absolutely nothing close to commit a penalty - so I think zack in 482 is totally right.
The Hawks need more scoring out of Kane and Toews to win. They need Bolland to magically transform into the player he was 3 years ago. Outside of the gamewinner and parts of games 5 and 6, Seabrook has been bad this year. Oduya had a terrible series. Handzus is running on fumes and is a huge liability.
I would bet $10,000 that the ref only called coincidental penalties because he was scared to call a penalty with 3 minutes left in a game 7. And if he had known they were about to score he wouldn't have called it at all.
Eh, Saad kinda smacked (face-washed if we're being generous) Quincy in the face when he was on his back. Was it enough for a penalty? I dunno, probably not.
Except that it's a bad directive. A game can be decided by a non-call as much as by a call. Hypothetically, imagine if Zetterberg had been tripped by a Hawks player resulting in a turnover that led to a 3-1 odd-man rush and a game-winning goal. In that case, a non-call decided the game and Red Wings fans would be indignant. Officials should be at liberty to call penalties late in a game and late in a series if an infraction occurs- and especially if the infraction results in a turnover or other advantage for the offending team.
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