Friday, April 28, 2006

The GAME of the night
Ducks 3, Flames 2 (OT)

Series tied 2-2

We knew we couldn't afford to lose this one. And the way we played the first two periods, we knew it would be a shame to lose it, especially after they came back early in the period.
- Andy McDonald

This is rather late going up, but that should at least make for some better quotes in here.

Rookie Ryan Getzlaf, who was so hot heading in the playoffs, finally got on the scoreboard here, giving Anaheim some much needed secondary scoring. The Ducks do have more depth up front than Calgary and that should be something that eventually shows up in the series.

Red Wings 4, Oilers 2
Series tied 2-2

"You know the type of game you're going to get — we talked about it — it's Marc Joannette and Warren, who I've had my issues with over the years.

"We had a game where we contributed to our own demise. It's the first time in this series we've done that. It was steered that way from the outset by the officials. We're disappointed by that but we'll probably get them again because they (NHL head-office officials) encourage that.

"I've had issues with (Joannette) forever. I don't know if it's personal on his part but it's unfortunate."

"There's no question (the Red Wings) wield the influence over the series. I'm not saying we didn't deserve a number of those penalties but there were a number that shouldn't have been called," said MacTavish. "We put the game in their hands. It was an egregious error on our part to put the game in the officials' hands."

- Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish

(All of the above quotes come from Al Maki's story this afternoon.)

Sharks 5, Predators 4
San Jose leads series 3-1

Chris would want the first and third (goals) back, but he gave us a chance to be in there.
- Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz offers
a strange compliment to his goaltender, Chris Mason

Senators 5, Lightning 2
Ottawa leads series 3-1

"We're tired of the 25-per-cent rule," Tortorella said. "We need an occasional goddamn save."

Asked whether Burke will get the nod for the fifth game in Ottawa tomorrow, he replied, "You're goddamn right."

- Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella


At 4:14 p.m., April 28, 2006, Anonymous jon said...

Tom Benjamin is the only winner in that Red Wings/Oilers game. First game I've seen this year where I can honestly say that the endless streams of penalties and lack of 5v5 made the game nearly unwatchable. I'm not even going to touch on the consistency of the calling.

At 5:04 p.m., April 28, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

MacTavish can bitch about the penalties all he wants, but there was no shortage of oiler favored 5 on 3's.

I don't think there's a bias, I think it's just shitty calls and too many dives - from both teams. To blame the Oilers loss on failing to call a penalty before that Lidstrom goal is foolish (you know that's what he's really saying) Maybe if that trip wouldn't have been so exagerated on Stoll's part it would have been called.

At 5:13 p.m., April 28, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Reading the article, he admitted it himself

"I'm embellished a little but he still clipped me," Stoll said. "

by "embellishing a little" Stoll ruined it. It would have been called if it didn't look like such a dive. He was foolish to sprawl himself across the ice during a 5 on 3.

At 5:43 p.m., April 28, 2006, Anonymous jon said...

Heh. Don't recall seeing anything in MacT's comments or this thread about Stoll's incident. But since you bring it up, the fact of the matter is that Stoll hasn't tried a dive in any game I've seen this year. I might be motivated to try something new when I see others getting away with it all series too. Besides, even if Stoll hadn't fallen, Lidstrom would still have impeded him and put himself in a positional advantage for the shot. Hence, either way it's interference.

At 6:31 p.m., April 28, 2006, Anonymous Earl Sleek said...

Just a general comment on referee complaints.

I think it would be more practical if we criticized referees for specific calls that were or weren't made regardless of outcome.

Too often I see that calls are criticized less on the merit of the call itself, but rather if the call led to a game-winning goal. This sort of complaining stinks of homerism and really undermines the ability to effectively evaluate NHL refereeing.

Just my thoughts.


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