is going off! I agree about the passion of the game and I think there should be back and forth 'roughing' type stuff and other physical play, but that's the kind of play, away from the puck, that the league's been trying to stop that was a criticism of the Devils, Panthers, and other defensive-minded trapping teams on the mid to late-90s.
Sorry, Fletch, I can. It's the inconsistency of the call. I've seen too many times when the puck was further away from the player, the player get plastered, and nothing called. That, to me is the most frustrating aspect of all of this. The game can go two periods of being clean, and all of a sudden, we see a parade to the box, with at least four questionable calls. It's been horrid.
There's no other explanation aside from the ref did not really see what was going on. I hope the MSG feed is the one on center ice tonight and the people in toronto are hearing what broadcasters in a real hockey area have to say. Just terrible. please somebody put it on youtube
the puck was moved well before Cullen arrived. He basically threw a check at a guy who was heading for the puck. He impeded St. Louis' ability to get to the puck as a result. I think that's different, and less obvious, if Cullen arrives on time, hits St. Louis, and 'rides' with him a bit. Too obvious, too much after the puck was moved for it not to be called. I think that's a consistent call and one that's pretty obvious.