Saturday, June 2, 2007

Game Three Thoughts

I finally get to watch an entire finals game! Woo-hoo!

- How the heck does Scott Niedermayer get a penalty for lifting a guy's stick (a.k.a. playing defense) when Chris Neil gets away with leaving his feet on every single hit? New NHL, my ass.

- Can we please, please, please do away with the kicking motion rule? When no one - players, refs, analysts, fans - can predict which way a goal review is going to go, it's time to re-think things. The NHL has been so inconsistent with this rule during the postseason that it's ridiculous. You could play 10 goals that were reviewed one after the other and have no idea which way the call is going to go. I'm convinced Toronto just flips a coin on these. I think the rule is stupid to begin with - if a guy is skilled enough to direct a puck into the net with his skate, I say good for him - but if Alfredsson's goal wasn't a kicking motion, I don't know what is. He reached back with his foot and flipped his ankle toward the net. I'm not convinced the league didn't have an eye on the scoreboard and the series when they made the decision to allow that goal. Gah! I hope Sidney Crosby is there somewhere flipping out and throwing things because this goal was deemed good and his goal earlier in the playoffs wasn't.

- In regards to the Alfredsson goal, Brett Hull is tearing into the NHL for not getting it right during the Stanley Cup Finals. Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

- I’m sorry, the Senators stood up for each other during the Buffalo game? The Buffalo game where Chris Neil completely blindsided Chris Drury who, through no fault of his own, doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head? The Buffalo game where they all turtled and cried that the big mean Sabres came after them? The Buffalo game where everyone in an Ottawa jersey watched an enforcer fight their goalie? That game? Interesting interpretation, that one.

- All right, the Pronger hit to McAmmaond's head was ugly. But is it really that different than Chris Neil leaving his feet on every hit and connecting with people's heads? I really don't understand how some serious hits this season have been completely brushed aside and now suddenly the talking heads are all going on and on about Pronger possibly being suspended. Again, the inconsistency in the NHL is ridiculous.

- I hate Pierre McGuire. I don't need him to tell me that the Ottawa bench is upset by the no-call on Pronger. I don't need him to tell me that the Anaheim bench is encouraged by a successful penalty kill. I'm not an idiot. I don't need him to point out that Spezza is now wearing an Eaves jersey. There are two guys in the booth who can probably handle that. Go away, Pierre.

- Turns out I'm cheering for the Ducks. I was a little taken aback at just how much I wanted them to pull out the victory.


Pookie said...

It's truly amazing to me how the Senators really bring out the "cheer against us" vibe. They've got good players, exciting players, and even Emery is proving to be better than I though (although 2 of the ones he let in tonight looked pretty weak), but I just want to see them lose so badly!

And as for Neil going unpenalized, I am so worked up over the injustice -- THE INJUSTICE!!! -- of this. I think I need to calm down...

Kate said...

I think it is quite awesome that you have a "kicking motion" label.

karen said...

For a variety of reasons, we're rooting for the Ducks here, too. When Pronger got the own-goal, to give Ottawa the lead, we nearly cried.

brian s. said...

Am I the only one who's rooting for the Sens? I only watched the first period last night, but caught myself cheering after they scored their first goal. Then I realized it was Neil and I shouldn't be rooting for him and was kind of embarrased even though I was alone.

Heather B. said...

kate: I aim for awesome. If they don't toss the rule in the off-season I feel it might come up here a lot so I want to be prepared :-)

brian: I'm surprised by myself. I don't really dislike that many people involved with Ottawa and I don't usually go the "They beat us so I hope they get creamed" route. But my emotions were clearly with Anaheim last night.

KMS2 said...

Don't worry Brian, I'm rooting for the Sens too. But only because I'm a Kings fan and it's in my blood to hate the Ducks.

Neil looks like such a goon, especially because of his crazed eyes and lack of front teeth. Some of his hits definitely looked like his arms made contact with the head.

Margee said...

Can we start calling Chris Neil, "that big bitch Neil?" I'd sure like it.