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Why Even Play Another Series?


If you ask some hockey experts tonight we should just hand the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks.  After defeating the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference title and advancing to the Stanley Cup final on, without a doubt, the oddest goal I’ve ever seen (watch the replay above).  I’ve seen nothing but the absolute discounting of any potential east challenger by far too many Canadian hockey experts and some hockey fans.   According to @DarrenDreger it’s simply “Vancouver’s year”.  Some fans squawking at me on Twitter are already convinced that neither Boston nor Tampa Bay has a chance in hell against Vancouver.

We should just carve their names into the cup right now.

Why even play the games then?   Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

This Is Why The Refs Don’t Call Diving


Look, I detest Steve Downie as a hockey player.  He is to me what Matt Cooke is to so many other fans.  He’s a dirty agitator.  That means he’s probably doing his job by my own logic but he’s irritating me when he does it, so I don’t like him.  Anyway, late in the 2nd period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference final Boston’s Nathan Horton takes the play to the end boards with Downie and a hit ensues.  Downie flops to the ice and the official, standing right there, makes a Diving call on Downie in addition to the Roughing call on Horton.

Downie didn’t return to the game.  His penalty had to be served by Adam Hall as Downie was being assessed by the medical staff.  Bolts coach Guy Boucher stated after the game that Downie was “day to day starting today”.  This is why NHL officials are really reluctant to ring a guy up for a dive. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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