I have finally come to accept the "new nhl" rules.... I'm ok with it. The penalties in a game are always going to be second guessed... but the only thing i ask is that they call te same play for both teams... if the call the game even then fine. The thing that shocks me is how much the penalties are changing from game to game. Thursday night against Tampa, i thought that the men in stripes were missing calls up and down the ice, for both teams. But as long as they are being fair then that is fine. The problem then arises the next game when the team is playing with a more strict ref group, all of a sudden they are being penalized left and right. I think the league needs to take a further look at how the plays are being called from game to game... not just on the big plays but the small ones too. The league needs to find a better uniformity in their calls among all the refs making calls.
Onto the game talk. Man did the fly-guys need this win. Starting this 8 game road trip, i thought they needed to go 5w 3l or 4 and 4 to consider this a successfull road trip and prove that they are sticking around. Losing the first two in Florida really hurt the team's chance of coming home with a winning record from the trip. So this win in Boston was a HUGE lift. Now hopefully they will get Gagne and maybe even Scottie Upshall back for the game wednesday night in Montreal. Their speed will be a big help becuase Montreal likes to move the puck quickly.
As a flyers fan i am going to focus on two things coming out of this game. 1) the team won, and they rallied from a 1 goal deficit to do it. 2) Mike Richards is getting better by the day. The injury to Bergeron will most likely be the most publicized event from the game, and likely from the whole night of hockey, but let's just remember that thank goodness, it is not a spinal injury and he will be ok. I'm sure Randy will be up for review and i am interested in seeing what Campbell does with it.