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04-18-2011, 01:52 PM
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Helm lined him up when Jovo was square (numbers showing). Helm came in toward the boards, full speed, in a direct, straight line at the boards. Jovo turned to avoid a full smash from behind, so it didn't look as bad.
What you can see from that still, remembering how fast Helm is coming in, is how very close that is to full-on boarding.
Now imagine you're the official.
As for the Doan hit on Franzen, I wouldn't have though it was a bad penalty if it was called. The Wrong call? Maybe. But one that you can understand a ref making, given the circumstances.
Franzen did appear to lose an edge by himself, though. Did Doan know that? Meh. He might have done that Franzen was vulnerable (skate tied up).
If Doan knew Franzen was vulnerable as he was, then that's an extremely dangerous hit to make. But that's a hard thing to call.
Sometimes, it's better to be smashed right up against the boards than it is to go in from two feet away.
I don't think Franzen is hurt if his skate wasn't tied up with the other guy. And I think it's really difficult to penalize Doan for checking a guy who was offbalance.
If the ref had been watching the play and had a good angle, he'd have seen that the hit was shoulder-to-shoulder and shoulder-to-boards. If he called it based on Jovo's body position after the hit, Jovo actually was turned face-towards-the-ice when he fell. If he had been boarded, he'd either be face-towards-the-glass or he'd be right along the boards. It's hard to hit a guy in the back and have him bounce off the boards facing you.
I mean, when you look at the Torres hit and the Franzen hit and you see that those aren't penalties, there's no way that the Helm hit can be called. At least, not if the league is pretending the same standards exist across the board.
I'm not suggesting the league or specific refs are "out to get" the Wings, but I am suggesting that the league and specific refs are incompetent and are not using equal standards on all hits.
On the subject of goals being waved off because of "interference", they damn well are out to get the Wings because the standard for the Wings is nowhere near the standard set for any other team. Even if it's not Homer, there's a dotted red line for the Wings and a regular black line for other teams.
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