Here We Go Again

18 04 2012

I honestly never thought I’d see this many suspensions handed out during the playoffs.  Yes, there’s something to be said for the fervor and passionate playing that gets kicked up a notch at this time of year, but this is completely out of control.  I don’t even know where to start, but let’s go with the most covered of them all:  everybody and their brother on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

I know this might not be a very popular opinion with everyone, but hear me out.  As a hockey fan that does not like the Flyers in the least bit, I’m honestly so disappointed in the Penguins for their behavior during that game.  You know what Philly is going to bring to the game:  grit and aggression.  They’re known around the league as a team and organization that likes to push its opponents’ buttons.  With that said, Pittsburgh gave an uncharacteristic and inappropriate reaction to them.  I mean really?  You’ve got Sidney Crosby picking fights with Claude Giroux now?  Kris Letang and Kimmo Timonen both got tossed out of the game before it really started.  It seems like Pittsburgh wanted to let their fists do the talking instead of their skill, which only hurt them in the end.  Philly instigated maybe one or two of those fights.  They sat back, chirped, and let the Penguins come to them and take the fall.  Now you’ve got Asham out for 4 games, Neal is suspended for 1 which, to be honest, could be the last game of the Penguins’ season if they don’t clean up their act.  It’s just disgraceful.  And again, I know this might not be the most popular of opinions, but that’s what it is.  Take it or leave it.


New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Matt Carkner got into it with Brian Boyle in Game 2 in New York to start his team out with a little more energy.  However, I don’t think this was the right way to do it.  It’s a completely one-sided fight.  Carkner takes down Boyle, who doesn’t respond, and throws these sucker punches at the bottom of an 8 player pile-up.  I understand fighting and its place in hockey, but I thought there was more of a mutual respect between players in terms of fighting.  If Boyle doesn’t respond, you let him go.  You don’t take him down to the ice and start punching him around.  I didn’t think there should be a suspension here, I just thought it was uncalled for and inappropriate.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

So I have two bones to pick with my team:  one in favor, one against.  This hit by Andrew Shaw on Mike Smith wasn’t, in my opinion, dirty in any way.  However, I completely see how this hit requires review by the league and, ultimately, a suspension.  If this had happened to Corey Crawford, I’d expect a suspension too, strictly because goaltenders are like the quarterbacks of hockey:  you can’t touch them.  And no matter how much I like Andrew Shaw and think he isn’t a dirty player, if anyone else did this I’d expect to see the same punishment for them, too.

Now, on a more serious note, I was absolutely furious last night when I saw the hit that Rafi Torres laid on Marian Hossa.

If he doesn’t get at least 4 games for this hit, Brendan Shanahan needs to have his head examined, because this was dirty in every sense of the word.  Torres left his feet, targeted the head, and is a repeat offender.  Hossa was carted off on a freaking stretcher, and there was NO PENALTY CALLED ON THE PLAY!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.  Torres did this last year too, with Vancouver, on Brent Seabrook.  This feels like last season when Aaron Rome laid that hit on Nathan Horton.  But, in case you forgot, here’s a video:

There is no way the refs can play ignorance on this.  Skip to 2:48.  The ref, who is standing right in front of the hit, lurched back as a reaction, then did NOTHING.  Absolutely disgraceful.  I’d like to think that players were past this, but it seems that Torres missed that memo.  I would love to see what the league does with this, because I think they need to treat as they did Matt Cooke.  He was a repeat offender, and after being suspended repeatedly, he switched up his game.  Torres needs to do the same.

What do you guys think of the scrappy nature of this first round of the playoffs?  Let us know in the comments!

-M

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Oh HELLLL Naw!

24 03 2012

I’m about to get all ghetto up in here.  5 GAMES?!  FIVE?!  I don’t get it.  There needs to be some kind of solid guideline for how many games a player gets suspended for, because that seems excessive.  Keith has never been suspended in his entire seven year career with the NHL.  Seven years, and no suspensions.  Then he gets 5 games?!  I give up.  Ask me if I like the Shanabanner now, because I can already tell you:  NO.  Sedin got up on his own, he wasn’t bleeding, it was more of a shock to the system than anything else.  Okay now I’m getting angry.  I’m going to go watch 2010 Stanley Cup footage to decompress.

Off to the slammer...

I’m not only worried about Keith, but his D-partner Brent Seabrook is going to be bro-less for a little while now.  And they’re like an old married couple!  This gives M the sadz, because Seabs needs his bro.  And the Hawks need him too.  With Captain Sexpanther still sidelined and their top D-man out this close to the playoffs, it makes me nervous.  And I don’t do nervous.

In all seriousness, I do think Keith deserved a suspension.  It was a nasty hit.  But it boils down to the amount of time he was suspended for, and that seems unfair.  Since I know Joel Quenneville and Keith won’t publicly say anything negative about the league’s decision, I will:  THIS SUCKS. Period.

What do you guys think??  Tell us in the comments!

-M





Lethal Weapon

23 03 2012

Well, it’s unfortunately come to this.  Duncan Keith, one half of the dynamic first defensive pairing for the Chicago Blackhawks, got an elbow up on a hit to Daniel Sedin during the Blackhawks 2-1 overtime win Wednesday night.

As much as I love the Blackhawks, and I know how intense the rivalry is with the Canucks, that was an undeniably dirty hit.  However, I think the difference between this hit and other elbows we’ve seen flying this season, I truly believe it depends on the person it comes from.  Duncan Keith is not a dirty player by any stretch of the definition.  He plays the game how it should be played:  straight-up skill.  I do think this hit warrants a suspension though.  Probably 2-3 games, depending on what Sedin’s evaluation says.

I will say one more thing:  this will heat up the rivalry even more, and especially going into the playoffs, these teams could realistically meet again.  And when they do, it’s going to be an all out brawl.

What do you think?  How long should Keith be suspended for?  Let us know in the comments!

-M





I’m depressed.

19 10 2011

The Pens are on Versus. But of course, my man is not. Tanger got served a 2 game suspension for Monday night’s hit on Winnipeg’s Alex Burmistrov. Personally, as a Pens fan…I think this is a load of crap. BUT…on the flip side, I can see why it needed to happen. [click here] for Shanahan’s reasoning.

So this is me tonight.

let me know when it's over.





Way to go, Toews!

13 09 2011

Thanks to Gongshow Gear for tweeting this.

I think he should receive 2 minutes in the sin bin for this one…

Way to go, man. Way to go. This kid will remember that for the rest of his life. On the flip side, you can knock me over anytime you want…I’ll just bring you down on top of with me.





We love you, Biz.

7 09 2011

[BEGIN RANT]

I don’t know why people feel the need to be so mean to someone that they don’t even know. Didn’t they watch Bambi as a kid?!

Thumper was my role model as a kid & rightfully so. He  always had the best advice. (What?! There were so many times we did not follow that! It always turned out funny though -S)

Anyway, back to the point of this post. I found a few things extremely disturbing. And with everything that has happened this past summer in the NHL, I do not find any of this funny…

Biz has been taking a lot of lip this summer and I don’t know why. Like the true champion he is, he just grins & shakes it off as if it doesn’t bother him. But how do you know your words are cutting him deeper?

L does NOT like.

this one breaks my heart </3

First of all, I know I would cry if anything happened to Biz. The angry part of me thinks these girls & guys need to experience how it feels to have such things said about you. (I know from a lot of personal experience that it can hurt -S) But the mature part of me says “sticks & stones”. And if you want chills from head to toe, you’ll listen to this radio interview he did.

So. Biz. Don’t listen to these scum bags, low lifes, etc. Regardless what these a$$wipes say, every person has a role on the team no matter where you are (on the ice, on the bench, in the locker room, or in the press box). We love you over here. Seriously, we’re thinking of taking a summer and coming to Vegas to party with you. No we aren’t joking.

Anyone who hangs out with Tony the Tiger & buys Superman underwear is A-OK in my book. (And mine!!!!! -S)

<3 <3 <3

I can not tell you how much I wish these hateful tweets, facebook messages, etc would stop. These boys have enough on their plate without having to deal with negativity. (They are human beings too and deserve respect for what they put their bodies through to entertain us -S)

So everyone, let’s show Biz some love. @BizNasty2point0

[END RANT]





Do It For Horton.

7 06 2011

I’m not really sure where exactly to start about last night…but let’s get the obvious out of the way first.

Horton…oh, Horton. I must admit, I cried when I saw him go down. Not just misty eyed. No. A tear rolled down my cheek. It’s scary and heartbreaking to see a player motionless on the ice. S immediately went into best friend duty by reassuring me that he would be ok. (Thanks, S!)

Rome layed a DIRRTY hit on Horton last night. In case you missed it, check it here

Pretty sure I heard the Garden erupt from my house an hour outside the city. It’s never fun to watch a  player go down the way Horton did. To make matters worse, he’s one of our favorite (and key) players.

The only good thing that came out of that hit (if there can be any good) was the way the B’s played. No doubt they were doing it for Horton. The second he got carried off the ice in a stretcher everyone knew that this game was meant to be for the B’s.

Do it for Horty, boys.

An 11am hearing (face to face in Boston) will take place and everyone is holding their breath for what the league will do to Rome. Will they suspend him? Or will it be the typical “it’s the playoffs” kinda deal? If the league is serious about eliminating head shots, what better time than to prove that than now? I’ll be following Twitter closely from work today to see the outcome.

Now, lets talk about that sleeping bear the ‘nucks woke up last night. If Vancouver thought they were walking out of the Garden with a win last night after that hit…they were sadly mistaken.

Dude, maybe we shouldn't have hit Horty like that....

The ‘nucks were beaten (in every sense of the word) to a pulp last night and the Bruins showed them exactly what kind of a team they could be. Vancouver, you are the first to land on L & S’ Sin Bin List. We are not happy. Not one bit.

Way to grind it out, boys!

Now if only the B’s can play that way for 3 more games–but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One day, game, and goal at a time.

Horton. We love you and hope you make a speedy recovery. We need your smiling face on the ice.

thoughts & prayers are with you <3

Now. Onto one more thing. I am NOT a happy camper. Not at all. Claude (for once) decided to change things up. I hoped and prayed the rumors of Seguin being scratched were just rumors…but they weren’t. Baby Seguin was taken out of the lineup to put Thornton back in.

And what’s even worse is I actually think he would have had a great game last night.

Put me in Coach!

By the way…S & I’s prediction of what time the puck would be dropped were wrong. It was 8:16. Darn. 3 minutes off.