If you are looking for a ranting screaming piece on the
dirty play by the Montreal Canadiens and the horrible performance as the causes
of the New York Ranger’s 3-2 loss in game 3 then sorry I am going to disappoint
you here. If anyone deserves blame it is the Rangers themselves for allowing
themselves to lose this game.
Yes the non-calls were terrible but guess what ever since
the NHL went to the two referee system, the quality of officiating has gone
downhill. And in the playoffs when you are down to just 2 games being played
then the piss poor quality being passed off as NHL officiating is much more
The Rangers lost because they allowed the Canadiens to get
under their skin, Dan Carcillo will be rightfully suspended for most likely the
rest of the playoffs. Sorry but a
forearm to the jaw of a linesman is never going to be ignored,
Believe I do understand your anger over the blindsided hit
on Derek Stepan by Brandon Prust but if you expect anything besides a fine then
you don’t know the NHL. If anything I kind of thank Prust for the hit as Stepan
came back and played with more fire than I have seen in a year.
No the Rangers lost because they couldn’t get the puck on
goal or fumbled away excellent opportunities to score. Just when you thought
Tokarski was some kind of stud goalie he can thank the Rangers for that. Barely
any traffic in front of him and when there was then it was the Rangers losing
Then Rangers didn’t use the weapons that they have that
makes them a superior team to the Canadiens which was their team speed. You saw
spurts of it but it was never consistent or the Rangers simply stopped skating.
The Canadiens were able to slow the Rangers down and it cost the Rangers.
The Rangers lost because they repeatedly lost their
defensive assignments in their defensive zone. How many times did a Canadien’s
player find himself wide open right in front of Henrik Lundqvist?
And those goals the Canadiens scored, one off McDonagh’s
foot and the game winner which bounced in off Alex Galchenyuk’s chest happened
because of defensive breakdowns as the Ranger’s coverage on both goals were
weak. 2 lucky goals and instead of a 3-0 series lead there will be a game 5
next Tuesday in Montreal.
The better team lost tonight because they gave away the game
not because Montreal was better. The key between now and Sunday for Ranger’s
coach Alain Vigneault now is to get his team to refocus on keeping their
composure. Do that and remember to keep skating and game 4 will be a Ranger
Crime and Punishment
The NHL will review both the Prust hit on Stepan and the
Carcillo forearm on the linesman and when the ruling comes down then odds are
you will be upset. But what is really getting me is the repeated slewfoots that
are not being seen or called.
PK Subban clearly kicks the skate of Derek Dorsett and it wasn’t accidental in
any way shape or form but the refs and linesmen miss it.
A slewfoot is just as dangerous as a blindsided hit as the “victim”
has no idea what is about to happen and can’t protect himself. If the NHL is
going to review questionable hits then Subban’s needs to be on that list.
I know the quality of NHL officials is terrible and the NHL
defends them as being the highest quality but the truth is when Gary Bettman
decided to go with a 2 referee system. It was way before the NHL had trained
and developed enough refs to do the job right.
That has led to a serious shortage in well trained officials
mainly because all of hockey is having trouble attracting quality people
willing to be refs or linesmen. I mean nobody grows up saying they want to be a
Only Carcillo will be suspended because the NHL has to
support their officials from being abused. Prust might get a fine and a stern
talking to while Subban will be going for his 3rd straight slewfoot