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02-10-2006, 07:29 AM
David Singleton
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Originally Posted by triggrman
And that's what you got.

This team played hard and physical tonight and deserved a point, two bad line changes killed us.
I completely disagree.

The team played hard and physical for the first period and parts of the third period. However, even that had limits. Hordi is mad and starts jawing with Shanny and the referees (who were like body armor for Detroit last night- preventing anything from starting)- he eventually backs down and Trotz doesn't play him too much after that.

Samuelson gets away with a cheap knock down on Kariya- no retaliation. Maltby shoves Hartnell in the back of the head- no retaliation.

After Maltby's shove, Hordichuk should have started playing a little dirty- blatant charge or a hard crosscheck. Nashville should have targeted Hank, Dats, or Lidstrom and started a little dirty work of their own. Nothing to cause injury- but definitely knockdowns like what happened to Kariya.

I watched that game (Section 205) and Nashville was matched or bettered physically by Detroit. Detroit always had the last word/push in each physical encounter.

These guys aren't illiterate or dumb. They are aware that they've lost their physical edge and tried to get it back. When they saw that the referees were not going to allow it, they fell back to playing like ****. Passive and allowing Detroit to do anything they wanted. That's when you don't give the referees the opportunity to stop anything. You start it, finish it, and accept the consequences. Those consequences may be a penalty, or two, but they also include energizing your team and your fans- and in the second period especially both were dead.


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