Brief and to the Point …
>> Teemu Selanne’s breathtaking backhander made for a fine game-winning goal in the Penguins’ 2-1 loss to the Ducks last night. Hockey at its finest. But the game as a whole, as Kris Letang made clear afterward, was yet another in a long line of laughably officiated games around the NHL.
Be sure that obstruction is back. And it’s getting worse.
In talking with a couple of the Penguins’ players about this yesterday, they pointed mostly to the return of the defenseman chipping the forward as they go by on the forecheck, but also cited hooking, holding and everything else you’d hoped the league was smart enough to eradicate for good after the lockout.
Good luck getting that standard back now. Only way that happens is if a) the NHL admits all this and b) teams are set to watch all games turn into power-play festivals as they were right after the lockout.
If you read Josh Yohe’s fine article on this last week, you’ll know the league isn’t admitting anything.
>> Z apparently stands for Zamboni. How else to explain Zbynek Michalek yet again inexplicably dropping to all fours in an attempt to defend a player. Suffice it to say that didn’t work against the NHL MVP: Corey Perry slipped the puck through the tunnel and scored.
Paul Martin has a partner in more ways than one.
>> Let’s make this a daily event, as related to A.J. Burnett: Relax.
Been saying it for a week, and I’ll say it today and tomorrow and however long it takes for the Pirates and Yankees to stop staring and get it done: It will get done.
>> Thanks very, very much to all who wrote about the Civic Arena column yesterday. Amazing how we all can get moved by bricks and mortar like this.
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