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5/20/08 12:28 AM
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 The NHL's glamour boy is in the finals.  If you thought they were forcing him down our throats now, you haven't seen nothin' yet.

Bettman and Don Cherry have already penciled his name on the Conn Smythe already.

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5/20/08 2:49 PM
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Who are you talking about? :)
5/20/08 3:10 PM
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5/20/08 3:44 PM
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I was being sarcastic but thanks for the clarification :)
5/20/08 3:44 PM
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Ovechkin gets pushed way more than Crosby. Both are amazing.
5/21/08 4:38 PM
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Great for the NHL...but won't be a good ending for don Cherry...this kind of reminds me a bit of the 83 Oilers v.s the Isles, Detroit has more experience and Pens will taste defeat first before winning the Cup.

After Detroit beat the Pens (and for the record I'm not a fan of either so I'm being objective here), Cherry's whole crap about you need 70% of your team to have Canadians to win the Cup will go completely down the drain. Detroit is mostly Euro's and Americans, Lidstrom is the captain...only notable Canadians on the team are Chris Osgood and some great role players in Draper, Maltby and Cleary. Detroit aren't tough like the Ducks, so Cherry won't enjoy it.

actually I bet Cherry roots for the Pens in this one, so a European captain doesn't win the Cup.
5/27/08 10:14 AM
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 "actually I bet Cherry roots for the Pens in this one"


He is and he makes no bones about it.  Last night, when showing clips of the Pens, he was actually saying "we" when refering to the Pens.  LOL.  His man-crush on Sidney is consuming him.


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6/1/08 3:44 AM
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wow...game5 could be cherry's worst nightmare, he better come up with some quick excuses as to why a team with European star players have destroyed the NHL this season....he'll need an explanation when Zetterberg probably gets the Smythe.



I think he'll either A) focus on how good Osgood has played and how he should've won the Smythe, or B) Act like he knew Detroit would win all along, and he'll hang off Yzerman's nutsack to avoid giving credit to zetterberg's two-way play.
6/3/08 9:23 PM
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 "actually I bet Cherry roots for the Pens in this one"



He is and he makes no bones about it.  Last night, when showing clips of the Pens, he was actually saying "we" when refering to the Pens.  LOL.  His man-crush on Sidney is consuming him.



Mark




Cherry doesn't like Crosby.
6/5/08 12:08 AM
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Cherry doesn't like Crosby.

True, Gary Roberts was his main man crush, he'd point out the most ridiculous things about how great he was blah blah...truth is he couldn't find satisfaction in any other player, but i still believe he wanted the Pens to win.

A European Captain ha sled a modern NHL club to a title, and he has to swallow the whole new concept of it.
6/11/08 6:18 AM
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I guess we can give Bettman props for at least not fixing the outcomes of games like Stern in the NBA has been caught doing.
6/11/08 8:29 AM
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 He tried.  Like everything else he tries, he's just not very good at it. 

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6/11/08 8:37 AM
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 This guy in Vancouver sure thinks so....

Officials tipped toward Pens' favour in final

Tony Gallagher,  Canwest News Service  Published: Sunday, June 08, 2008

VANCOUVER -- Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the Detroit Red Wings and any emotion from any one particular game has faded, we would be remiss if we didn't seriously ask some questions about what actually took place in that final series with respect to the officiating.

Having been around the NHL pretty much since the dawn of man, I have watched a lot of games and have seen a lot of good and bad calls by good and bad referees, and I rarely address this topic.

By and large the NHL officials are outstanding individuals whom any corporation would be thrilled to have represent them in almost any situation.

When the way the game was officiated swung back and forth in pendulum fashion over the years, you knew that these guys were always just doing what they were instructed to do by the New York office.

And when the most important games were played, the most experienced, senior officials were front and centre.

And even though the referees of the day would frequently call virtually nothing once the third period began and the game moved into overtime, there was never any sense of anything fishy.

The breaks involved in officials' judgments always seen to balance out over a series of games. There was no such feeling at this year's final.

While nobody really wanted to say so, how could you have possibly watched the calls in that series and not had the feeling that somehow, consciously or more likely unconsciously, there was a slant toward favouring the Pittsburgh Penguins?

While it seemed to be prevalent most of the series, at times to a far lesser extent, the final 20 seconds of Game 6 illustrated the problem perfectly.

With Detroit just having given up a power-play goal that allowed Pittsburgh to get to within 3-2 with under two minutes to go, the Pens had their goalie out and the Wings under siege.

But with about 18 seconds left, Pavel Datsyuk of the Wings managed to skate free with the puck, skate it out over the blue-line, but as he readied a shot toward the open net, he was hauled down with an abundantly obvious stick foul so blatant that Helen Keller would have been forced to raise her arm.

No call.

Pittsburgh then got the puck, stormed the other end and nearly tied the game in the last second.

This call wasn't missed. There is absolutely no conceivable way it could have been missed.

But the officials chose not to end the Penguins' season. In fact, for the first time in all my years of viewing hockey, I was overwhelmed by a sense that there existed a desperate need to keep this series going for the good of the game, no matter how far rule interpretations had to be stretched.

The most difficult part came once the series began to gain momentum and it became abundantly obvious the television ratings in the U.S. were building with every game and the league was sending out press releases to one and all that this was the case.

That's when things began to get a touch malodorous. With Detroit leading 2-1 in the third period of Game 4, the 1:26 of five-on-three time awarded Pittsburgh comes to mind.

In OT of Game 5, with the series a goal away from extinction, the two goalie interference calls that had Detroit head coach Mike Babcock steamed enough he felt compelled to complain to the media the following day didn't seem to pass the smell test.

There was Dallas Drake's charging penalty when in fact he was scarcely moving and barely made contact. The fact that one team had virtually all the five-on-three time, often for extended periods, was troubling.

And then there was the Datsyuk no-call, one that would have set off an absolute firestorm for hockey had the Pens sent it to overtime.

Of 10 experienced media types consulted about the officiating after the series, not one said they thought it was all right.

The responses of most can be summed up with a simple head shake and the response "not good."

Much has been made by some of the fact that the league didn't seem to use the most experienced people, but instead those who were vigilant about calling the touch stick fouls that have improved the game. And that may have been a factor. But the fact remains the officials who were used are generally very good at their craft.

Sorry, but there was something just not right about the way that series went down.

Vancouver Province

 


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