Some bizarre calls both ways: Burrows goalie interference for instance (the ref 4ft away had no problem with it) even the major on McGinn (sp?) I didn't think was a good call. Perhaps it was a make-up call for the penalty Eager took when he boarded Daniel last game.
Or is it just easier to hate?
In the playoffs there is always a bunch of 2nd. and (especially) 3rd. line guys that ramp it up. I think it has to do with two things: first you can increase intensity but you cannot neccessarily increase skill. Really, I don't think the Sedin's can increase the "intensity" with which they cycle. The playoffs demand that teams tighten up defensively, and that is going to have a negative on impact players that thrive by slowing the game down.
Secondly, teams demand that their best players carry them for 82 games, with top forwards spending 20+ minutes per game (I know, the Sedins average only 18+ minutes per game but it is still more than the 3rd. and 4th. line) means that at the end of the season they probably don't have as much left in the tank as the players on the roster that only get 8- 10 minutes of ice time.
Guys like Crosby, Toews and Kesler are the exception not the rule.
Damn… too slow to get my team in. :mad:
20-30 years ago that would have been an acceptable hit, but it's not at today's game speeds. the mentality of the game has to shift to match the physics.
Lol, did you hear Tiger Williams on TEAM1040 yesterday:
"Nobody hits a guy in the head on purpose… it's hard to do… I spent my whole career trying to do that and I only managed it once every couple of years."