Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane make such a stark contrast.
Even if they managed to win this game, the Flyers weren't going to take the Cup. They were spent. You could see it in the way their defense moved sluggishly all over the ice. Timonen nearly got beaten to a puck by Byfuglien despite having a good three steps on him.
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This is the only year I thought we legitimately should have advanced, and this is despite thinking Chicago is the better team. We had them at checkmate, and we still found a way to lose in probably the worst sport loss/melt down I have ever witnessed. Ah well......Congrats to a very good team.
Did anyone find the officiating in the game atrocious? It seemed like the second call on Pronger was punishment for his whining after the first call. And after the Hawks scored on that PP, there was a makeup call almost immediately on Seabrook, even though his contact was significantly more benign than his flinging a prone and relatively defenseless Leino into the boards a little earlier.
And then there was a very quick call in the second, I think it was, after the Flyers used the Hartnell/Keith contact to create a 2 on 0. The refs missed it and didn't call anything (they shouldn't have). But after Keith's compliaint, immediately called a penalty on Coburn.
I'm not saying it had an effect on the overall outcome, but it's a bit frustrating that NHL officiating is such an art as opposed to more of a science. Call me crazy but I like my officials to have a firm grasp on the rulebook and be less concerned with situational officiating. It's why it's so hard to truly curb obstruction. It still occurs en masse, but because it's so sporadically enforced, no one learns or adapts.
I am speaking in a stand alone context. The way we lost the game was inexplicable. The Boston/Philly series as a whole is obviously on a different level in terms of melt-down, right up there with the Bos/NYY baseball series.
I understand. Someone screwed up just like the Sharks did losing the game to the Avs with the puck going off the d-man's skate. Granted, ours was a little stupider but, if Erat's pass hadn't glanced off the bottom of the net, might it have been different?