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trustinjarmo knows nothing, MO • United States • 38 Years Old • Male
First off I want to say that the Blues/Ducks game was a well played game by a number of skilled players. After that I want to say the officiating was a bit questionable but understandable, those guys have a tough job and obviously don't see everything...but I'm sure they saw a few things they chose not to call. But what irks me more than anything is the style that the Ducks utilized to play this game and it can be summed up as: cheap shots.

The Ducks have some strong guys and guys who just flat out have great speed and vision especially Mc Donald. That kid is amazing to watch: terrific hands, great touch and blazing speed. I'm only going to single him out because he received some hits that were harder than I think they normally would have been because of the rest of his team.

The problem I have is that the Ducks threaten the beauty of the game as it has become. They played neutral zone trap and correct if I am wrong(because I wasn't in the States to get the low down), but I believe that it is supposed to be penalized(come on say it like a Canadian Pee-nalized). I saw them clutch and grabbing the sweaters of the faster Blues players and it mostly went uncalled.

The biggest worry I have to say though, was the big guys on the Ducks leaving their feet and throwing elbows when forechecking. It's one thing to make a great hit and to hit hard and be a strong forechecking team, it is quite another to be playing that bush-league "Slapshot" style of play.

And yes, I have to point Pronger out. A guy forechecks him and steals the puck from him and the play gets broken up. What does Pronger do after the guy starts skating out of the zone behind the play? Why he simply throws a donkey punch to the back of his head. I swear the ref saw it. But he ended up making another call. So it should have been two calls cause last I checked throwing punches, especially with a gloved hand, a head shot, to an unsuspecting player was a big no go in the NHL. What could have happened could have been bad. I love tough hockey. I admire tough play and always played tough myself. I love how emotional hockey can get and how that emotion can be continous and building like a great story. I love hits. Fights, when they are appropriate. But obviously this game was getting out of hand(though it ultimately didn't), because of two things: the Ducks cheap play and semi-bad officiating. Look I hate it when the officials stop the flow of the game. But I also hated it back in the day when their were always even-it-up calls. Skill trumps all and should be called that way if a team hasn't evolved and is too slow and unskilled to keep up, then you know hooking and holding will result more often than normal.

The bottom line is suddenly while play was going on yet another fight broke out. And of course all the fans are standing up and since Barret Jackman is the man in my mind I was rooting for him but deep down I felt embarrassed. The emotional boiling point for the Ducks was their struggles and for the Blues it was a matter of protecting themselves, their teammates and not backing down. But if I want to see a fighting I'll go to a boxing match not watch as the Ducks just dump goon after goon in their line up, albeit some goons that can skate. The Ducks attempt at intimidation is weak. I prefer the type of intimidation that a Crosby brings or Kane, where because of their high talents the opposing team is in constant fear of them when they're on the ice, the way when a power play with Hull on the ice, late in the third period of a tie game would send chills down the oppostion's back.

We as fans may not always get it right but we should remain vigilant and protective as the game heads to a higher skill level and not allow it to de-evolve back into the land of giant slow skaters where skill becomes less and height and weight seems to be the only thing that matters.
Filed Under:   blues   nhl   cheap shots   pronger   speed   skill   kane   crosby  
October 24, 2007 10:50 AM ET | Delete
What, no comment about the worst hit of the night, that would be the Blues' King with an elbow to the head of Beauchemin? No call was made on that one either. Let's see if the NHL does anything about that one. I doubt it.
October 24, 2007 10:52 AM ET | Delete
Oh please. Be happy the Blues played well and stop crying. What about the hit on Francois Beauchemin? With the exception of maybe Parros, there are no goons on this team. "The Ducks attempt at intimidation is weak"?Review last year's playoff with Wild and Senators.Pronger will be Pronger. Good for Andy Murray, he is a good coach.
October 24, 2007 11:36 AM ET | Delete
Wow. What can I say? DJ King pumpkin head hit on Beau. Backes punches with gloves on in front of the net draws an "extra" penalty for Ducks, Backes 5 second face wash on Joe D with no call. What are all of these? Quit your whining. Things get missed in games and there is nothing you can do about it. Your Blues are quite capable of defending themselves and dishing out their own punishment. They don't need you to whine or plead their case.
October 24, 2007 12:11 PM ET | Delete
Bleeding Heart. May I suggest a quiet day at the neighborhood Ice rink? Rough and tumble Hockey seem a bit to rich for your taste.
RC
October 24, 2007 12:21 PM ET | Delete
Notice you didnt mention the flat out sucker punch on Macdonald in the first period! Hypocrit.
October 24, 2007 12:24 PM ET | Delete
The Ducks won the cup last season by playing physical and using their size as an advantage. Ottawa hadn't come up against the like and couldn't handle them. Last night the Blues not only handled Anaheim's size, they got the better of them. I loved it. One of the best and most entertaining games of the year so far. And it wouldn't surprise me if the league reaches out to D.J. King for his hit on Beuachemin.
October 24, 2007 1:53 PM ET | Delete
You lose all credibility when you ignore King's hit on Beauchemin. Anaheim is playing so lousy right now that they are down to "intimidation" to try and right their ship. It only seems to work against the Canucks. ALL head hits should be taken out of hockey, not just those against your team and hopefully King will be suspended.
October 24, 2007 1:59 PM ET | Delete
I agree. I wish I would have mentioned it. Like I have hinted at and keep saying King should not be in the NHL.
October 24, 2007 1:59 PM ET | Delete
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October 24, 2007 2:02 PM ET | Delete
While I understand your point about the changing nature of the game - first it was all speed guys and rolling for lines by Buffalo, then grit and size coupled with skill for Anaheim - the game is what it is. The players, coaches and GMs bring in the players they think can do the job. If that means rough play is acceptable and teams are allowed to cross the line without penalty, then so be it. If speed kills and clutching them to slow them down results in PP opportunities, then so be it. To say that one way is better than another or one should be allowed and one not defeats the purpose of the game - to win. The Broad Street Bullies and the 84-85 Oilers were as far apart as night to day, yet they both won with differing styles. Do the Ducks play an in-your-face style - yep. Can a faster skating team knock them off - remains to be seen. Can another team who plays loose and fast with the lines of the rulebook, outmuscle and get them off their game - dunno? That is the beauty of the game. I like your writing style - keep it up! You are a good writer. SYF
October 24, 2007 3:52 PM ET | Delete
I'm no fan of D.J.King but I think he belongs. For one, Andy Murray likes the guy and I know Murray is smarter than me so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. And he can actually handle the puck and skate a bit. Derek Boooooooogard the other night during warm ups doesn't even use a puck. He's a joke. As long as there are Boooooogards and Paros types in the league the Blues need a guy like King around.
October 24, 2007 4:58 PM ET | Delete
I'm glad that a non-red wings fan realized this as well...EVERYTHING u just said is exactly how they played against us in last years playoffs...suddenly clutching and grabbing entering the zone was allowed!!! they are a talented team, that plays a physical style but are also VERY dirty...for those who watched the WCF final last year u know that im talking about...and i think its fair to say, the red wings where the better team - anaheim just got alot of lucky bounces as well as timely goals. the series could have been over after 5 games.
October 24, 2007 6:53 PM ET | Delete
Oh great, Red Wings fan crying still. Where is Sharks Fan saying how they should have beat you last year, and how much better they were, and they would have given the Ducks a harder time? Like they say, you have to be good to be lucky. I think it is fair to say the Red Wings lost, and the Ducks won the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings are good, and will continue to be good. Stop crying about it. Have hope for this season.
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