Howard with a .925 SVS.. and that includes that ridiculous softie.
Stuart quietly becoming our best D-man. Really. Wow. He's improved.
Leino showed some effort. I think he feels the heat. He wasn't all bad. Datsyuk has something in his head. Something bad. It makes his synapses send naughty messages. He goes in wrong direction. Makes bad drop passes. He shouldn't have gone to that eye doctor. Z productive thanks to Bert's fine hands. Really, he did nothing special. But hey sometimes it's enough. Lidstrom looks... uhm.. old. Ericsson a bit meh. Meech surprisingly good this time around. Not the worst player on our PPs, heh. Helm with some heroics to draw that Boynton Wisniewski penalty. Together with Draper maybe the best skaters five on five (again!). Homer fumbled a bit.. but knows where to go to score. Other guys need to take note.
Can't believe Rafalski could push Ryan over? Newtonic laws say that shouldn't be.
Getzlaf held pointless. That, and thanks to our friends in stripes, we win.
Props should be to Rafalski, Ericsson, and Stuart. Or did we watch the same game?
We watched the same game, but you had your Howie Hater glasses on.
You dog on a single player to the point of ... i better not say that. Just get over it. Move on with your life. Find something else to rag on. Its not even funny. I already had a headache before reading that bs.
get ... on with that pointless crap
Last edited by Fugu: 12-11-2009 at 11:59 PM.
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That was a pretty badly officiated game. Had the Wings gotten those kinds of calls made against them on the road, we'd be up in arms too. Wings should have been up by 5, but their PP has no teeth.
Pretty uninspiring hockey otherwise. Good to see Bert get a couple of goals.
I was about to throw up after the first 2 periods, they played so badly. The 3rd was better and they got a couple lucky bounces on the Bert goals - less lucky on the 2nd one but it hit a lot of stuff before it went in.
I didn't think the officiating was that bad, actually. Obviously Ducks fans probably disagree. On the penalties, it's not the refs' fault that the Ducks kept running the goalie, cross-checking, boarding, and punching Wings in the face.
The one thing that I liked the best about this game was that the refs - both of whom were young, not the "veteran" refs that like to bend the rules to make their calls stick. They made the correct calls on the Ducks non-goal. They got the goalie interference, but they allowed for the possibility that the Wings put the puck into their own net. The video showed they didn't, and in fact it never went in at all.
I am curious to see if it had been knocked in by a Ducks player, if that is the sort of thing that is quote-unquote reviewable. Because that would have been a ridiculous call - goalie interference before the goal, goal, assists to players x and y.
The Wings' PP is absolutely pathetic. It's somehow even more pathetic than their even strength offense.
Good to see Bert finally get something done. If he can keep it up, there might be some hope for him yet.
Leino had a pretty good game too. If he plays like that every night he might not get benched anymore.
Stuart was an absolute beast. Can't believe people were talking about trading him.
Sure, there was the really blatant stuff, like the elbows and just some roughhousing, but Parros looked like he stumbled into the Howard a couple of times. Even Mick thought Howard was going to get a call for holding the stick, and instead Parros got called for interference. It just had that ticky-tacky feel to it.
That particular 'almost' goal wasn't a goal from the angles, but if the ref was going to call Parros for the penalty..... why was there even a review? In case the Wings scored on their own net while Parros sat on Howard, who had his stick? It's tough to sort out but it just seemed like a sloppy game from the officials. Like they weren't using the same benchmark. For a Ducks/Wings tilt, it didn't have the usual intensity you get with these two teams either.
They're both really bad right now, which is really amazing considering how tough the Conference final was last year.