That was an extra weak call on replay, but Wandell set himself up for it. Unless your stick is on the other guy's stick, reaching like that is just asking to get called for hooking or tripping. Stupid play by a guy who got beat.
Not really. It was a very quick and shifty move by Yandle. I give him credit for making a nice play.
Originally Posted by Kritter471
If Neal's going to keep slumping and Ott will actually crash the net on that line, I vote for a line switch until Neal gets his act together.
We're well aware that you luv Ott and hate Neal, but it's amusing how you continue to ignore how Neal crashes the net at every opportunity. Did you miss where he tried to tunnel face-first into the crease?
There's still no reason for Wandell to reach out his stick. He got beat. It happens. Don't compound that by making yourself look guilty.
As for the line switch, Neal is slumping (again) and Ott's proven he can successfully play up lines. I get that Neal is trying, but he's overtrying almost, leaving good positions and just generally trying to do way too much. Busting him down a couple lines might get him refocused on the simple stuff that always eludes him when he slumps.
There's no way that's a goal. Richards should've elevated.
Not only did it not even go in, Grossman interfered with Bryz.
It's not conclusive either way because the puck gets so lost in the gear. I don't know if they can overturn it based on the video evidence (and they couldn't overturn it if it was no goal either).
I think Richards half-whiffed honestly.
Kowal in real time seemed 120 percent sure it was in, and if he was the call on the ice (which is not the same thing as the signal on the ice), there's no way they can go against it. Though the language of the ref was what startled me the most. They said it was "confirmed it was a goal" rather than "call on the ice stands," which is what they usually say when it's a lack of evidence issue.
I think, given the call on the ice, the right call was made. But it's so impossible to tell either way on the replays I saw.
Morris did the same stupid as Wandell - he didn't really impede Neal with the free hand, but he took it off his stick and put it on Neal's far shoulder. It just looks really guilty, and there's no reason to do it.
He looked like he was so eager to get into the offensive zone that he took his skate off the blue line a little too early. I'm sure he feels the need to try and have an impact tonight, so he's a bit overeager.