Sunday, May 11, 2008

And the wheel of justice says...

The league just confirmed. There are some fines involved, but both Ribeiro and Osgood are good to go for Game 3.
I agree with Tom Benjamin on this one: They should have banned Ribeiro for a game.

Call it a suspension "for utter stupidity."

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At 10:20 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Alright, I'm biased, but do most people find the wings style of play that boring? I miss some of the physicality, sure, but I think guys like Datsyuk and Zetterburg are a lot of fun to watch. I blame Dallas more for the boringness of the past two games.

If the guy at "canuckscorner" wants to find a shining example of a boring team to watch, he should take a look at the Canucks.

At 10:25 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Tom would be the first to point out Vancouver's style of play.

Last night's game was painful, but you might be right in blaming the Stars for that. Here's hoping the Penguins/Flyers can give them more of a challenge.

At 10:29 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say the Wings' style is the most... intellectually stimulating? style in the league, just in how well they control everything.

It definitely starts with Lidstrom, widely seen as the player with the highest hockey IQ in the game. And I think Detroit just drafts those they know can play smart hockey and develop well; size and physicality are well and good but you can teach technique, and a great technique will win out over raw talent most of the time.

At 10:32 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger Baroque said...

Tom has blamed the Canucks for playing boring defensive hockey several times this year.

It comes down to whatever wins is what teams will do.

I wish all teams would play to their strengths and realize that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Detroit has played the same style for better than a decade, and their drafting and development is set up for that. If another team tried to play the same way they would have to start from scratch and would not be nearly as successful.

I like the way Detroit plays, and also blame the boringness on Dallas. Detroit needs nothing more than a solid business-like effort to beat them. The games against Chicago, for instance, were great fun - the Blackhawks were fast, attacking all the time, and very determined, and the games were great to watch whatever the end result. Chicago really pushed them and it will only get more interesting as the team improves.

At 1:13 p.m., May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching the game live, I would have initially agreed with a suspension for Ribiero. I was wondering what he was fricken doing ... However, after the replays last night that showed Osgood sticking the butt-end of his stick into Ribiero's face - a pointless and equally stupid action, really -I think the NHL made the right call here.

Osgood should no more be permitted to put his stick in a player's face than Ribiero should be allowed to chop him. I call that action just as "utterly stupid" as Ribiero's.

At 1:32 p.m., May 12, 2008, Blogger mike said...

Osgood's butt-ending of Ribeiro was actually the result of Osgood's incredibly high IQ. He was discussing a point of quantum physics with defenseman (and resident genius) Nicklas Lidstrom and was emphasizing his contention with a gesture when Ribeiro rudely disrupted Osgood's lecture by hitting the netminder's stick with his face.

The lack of suspensions frome the NHL office are a clear reflection of the Heisenberg Indeterminacy theorem, which states that the act of observing an action can influence its outcome, thereby preventing a true and clear understanding of the nature of the act itself by the observer.

Ambiguity is the key here; Colin Campbell understands this perfectly.


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