Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/23/2011: the night Klesla killed Perry

This was a game made of everything I have been wanting to see and a lot of things that I don't even understand.
The things I've been wanting to see:

Other things that happened: Doan, Whitney and Yandle woke up and decided to show off all their mad skills (note: "skill" is a relative term around here) and everything was great for it. 
Poor Chips couldn't keep up with the wizard on an excellent breakaway attempt that would have made highlight reels around the world. It's okay because he was really great in every other aspect of play, just take my word for it.

And then Doan had a lot of dirty stick language going on, which considering his play lately, had my head spinning. Deke? What is "deke"?

On top of all this, Yands was doing things that weren't faking the shot every single time or making ill-advised passes that lead to turnovers. He did things like "defense" and "goal make". And with Hanzal and Vrbata already chugging along nicely, we're now a growing threat in the conference--and we were doing pretty swell before that.

Things that I don't even:

 The entire third period. I missed it. I'm sorry, but here's what happened according to the score sheet: 
Oliver Ekman-Larsson/OEL/The Hyphen/Harry Potter scored, just in case you didn't love him enough already.

Corey Perry also scored (booooo), he was obviously mad about Klesla laying into him earlier.

(The aftermath)
("Go on without me /coughwheeze...")
(too bad they didn't)

12 minutes into the second period, Smith is hit from behind after playing the puck in front of the net. He gets back up to get at the guy who hit him, Maxwell, as well as a few of the other Yotes.

Maxwell gets an interference penalty, I get flashbacks from the Winnipeg home opener, and Smith gets... diving? I thought a roughing call, maybe, but DIVING?

Doesn't the whole "Maxwell gets an interference call for knocking Smith over" kind of negate the whole diving thing? Or that he isn't pretending to be hurt but getting up to get his fair share of retribution? Or that he didn't hit Maxwell to try to draw an interference penalty because Maxwell is being penalized for hitting him?

Not that it matters because they didn't score, it was just weird and stupid. A black mark on Smith's record that is hardly deserved. Next time you call someone for hooking, ref, make sure you get the other guy too, for holding the stick.

"16:43 Ryan Getzlaf: Interference - 2 min
16:43 Ryan Getzlaf: Unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min
16:43 Teemu Selanne : Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2  min
16:43 Ryan Getzlaf : Misconduct (10 min)  - 0  min"

Did the Ducks become the Flyers while I wasn't looking? I always liked Anaheim, they're in the best division and we win against them a lot, so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the refs made a bogus call. I can be this charitable because we won 4-2.
More in the Ducks defense: Hanzal should have also received a penalty (inciting?) for being there for Getzlaf to illegally hit. If he'd been more in line with the league and the spirit of the game, he would have never let his body get in the way in the first place, and would spare Anaheim from the penalty box. Alas...

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