So I was watching game 6 of the wings/pens series at a buddies house last nite and at the end of the game, I was so po'd that it confirmed by faith as to why football is way better than hockey.
Now last nite, I was pulling for Detroit, I hate Pittsburgh and I needed Detroit in 6 to win a pool but that's just a side note.
My major complaint with hockey is the reffing. It was absolutely terrible last nite. Now to give you some background, I stopped watching hockey for 10 years. I was really into it when I was a kid, then as a teenager I realized how much the game sucked. I slowly came back after the lockout but I am at a crossroads again.
Back to the reffing. The 2 penalties on Detroit were terrible. The first "goalie interference" penalty wasn't even called by the ref standing behind the net. The ref at the blue line called it. Zetterberg was clearly pushed into the goalie by Staal. Good thing the Pens didn't score.
Detroit's second penalty should have been a dive on Guerin. But whatever, they didn't score.
My big beef with the NHL is that they call penalties all year (like hooking where your stick is parallel to the ice) and then they forget how to ref the game in the playoffs. Oh wait, they are "letting them play". But aren't penalties a part of the game?
I was getting steamed that Pittsburgh didn't have any penalties until the 3rd period.
I saw so many hooks and holds on BOTH teams all nite that it was looking like the clutch and grab garbage that most people sat through for 15 years.
In basketball, do they not call fouls in the 4th quarter when the game is close in the playoffs? No!
In baseball, does the strike zone change or a close play is always called safe in the 9th inning in the playoffs? No!
In football, does the ref not call pass interference or roughing the QB in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl? No!
Then why does it change for hockey?
I don't get it. I give up with the NHL. They change the rules so that the game is supposed to be fast paced, a little bit more scoring and more scoring chances (ie power plays).
The refs constantly put their whistles away in the playoffs and it drives me insane.
I was talking to my buddy about this after the game last nite and we both agreed, a penalty in the first game of the year should be called the exact same way as in the Stanley Cup finals.
The NHL is a joke. I think they want to see their poster boy, Sidney Crosby, hoisting the Stanley Cup. Call me a conspiracy theorist but I think that's what they want to see.
Now, Detroit did get out played last nite but there is one play that seriously bugs the hell outta me.
The Cleary breakaway. The guy gets on a breakaway and he gets hooked over is shoulder (2 mins for hooking as the defenseman's stick is parallel to the ice) and then takes a vicious 2 handed slash across the left arm (this should either be an additional 2 or a penalty shot) but the guy actually still controls the puck and gets a half descent shot on net.
HOW IS THIS NOT A PENALTY OR TWO OR PENALTY SHOT?
The guys on The Score last nite (Hardcore Hockey Talk) couldn't believe that there wasn't at least a penalty.
Detroit has every right to be upset and with the momentum they had, they probably would have scored on the power play.
There are bad calls in footbal, most definitely but penalties in hockey just have a greater impact on the game than football does. In hockey, you lose a guy for 2 or 4 or 5 minutes for a penalty and are forced to play shorthanded. In football, most of the time it's a 5 or 10 yard penalty.
I am not saying football refs are angels but I see more consistency from them.
I like hockey but I don't know how much more I can take when the rules change in the playoffs. The first round of the playoffs was pretty good but has gone down hill from there. It's June for God's sake! Why do they have to play so late.
I could go on with this forever but I had to get this off my chest. Hockey purists will say that the boys were just playing the game last nite and the reffing was fine. The game sucks in the playoffs and I wish it were the same as the regular season.
The cup will be handed out on Friday, whooooooooop di dooooooooooooo and then that signals that the CFL is starting up! Here's to football!