Sunday, May 11, 2008

U.S. burned by goal through net

A controversial goal by Ville Koistinen sparked a huge comeback as Team Finland rallied with three unanswered goals in the third period to edge the United States 3-2 in the qualifying round at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.
I'll say it was controversial — the puck went through the side of the net. USA coach John Tortorella looked like he was about to blow his stack afterwards.

"I'm suggesting blindness," the coach said when asked to explain the officials' error.

"What a joke. It's a joke."

There's video highlights of the game available on TSN's site.



At 7:13 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous desdemona said...

That was dreadful that they counted that goal. However, the US team let it defeat them. They were still winning at that point, and didn't get many good scoring chances from that point on. In the first half, the penalties were 7 against Finland (including a 5 minute major), 1 against the US. They had their chances.

At 7:53 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the best the Fonz can do?
I was an expecting a "Sit on it Potsie"
Damn I'm disappointed.

At 9:21 p.m., May 11, 2008, Anonymous Peter Hart said...

I was at the game and it looked dubious. The officials really screwed up all round I think - they kept giving Finland iffy penalties, which drove them nuts, then the goal drove the US nuts, and it ended in a fight. Still worth seeing, but it could have been a classic.

At 11:35 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

What is with the fighting in this tournament, anyway? I mean, I'm not complaining, but we've had exactly two more fights than I expected at the outset. Is it the NHL ice? More NHLers? (It seems there's more, anyway -- aren't there normally a lot fewer second-round eliminatees?) Bad officiating? There also seem to be more cheap shots than in past tournies, which may be related.

Also, interesting contrast in international fighting vs. NHL fighting. IIHF rules punish you more for dropping the gloves, if I remember correctly, whereas the NHL punishes you more for not dropping them. Saw that in RUS/SWE and in USA/FIN.

At 11:39 p.m., May 11, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...


Matt Greene and Antti-Jussi Niemi both received leaving the bench penalties and game misconducts.

Whaaaaat? I didn't think anyone left the bench anymore, certainly not an NHLer who's had the threat of a ten-gamer hanging over his head his whole career. It's not like Piestany when that was still part of the culture of the North American game.

At 4:01 p.m., May 12, 2008, Anonymous noah said...

Tortorella blows his stack while standing in front of a tiny baby in a pink bunny suit.


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