Malkin, etc didn't get special treatment and Cambell articulates that clearly. Which is shocking given that Detroit could've gained a benefit from the decision involved and the NHL usually doesn't hesitate to do whatever it can to help out your precious Red Wings.
and I jump down the throat of the announcers and Detroit in general for all my own reasons you don't have to agree with and probably won't. The Red Wings are the NHL's precious little poster-child f*cking franchise that everyone loves, all the announcers want to suck their cocks- they are just so so so great, everyone loves them. F*CK that. They've been nothing but one, giant bandwagon since 1997, they're a bunch of f*cking pansies that don't even know how to stand up for one of their star players that gets his shit rocked. That's one of the most basic hockey tenets ever and your team doesn't even know how to do it. This new pansified hockey that the Red Wings drool over is a detriment to the game itself and it is the sh*t that Bettman, etc just LOVE and can't stop getting a boner over so they go to the ends of the earth praising the Red Wings when they should be scorned. They don't exemplify the grit or mean side that every REAL hockey player knows a team should have. And any bumf*ckville town/city/village in Canada, Minnesota, and many other parts of the U.S. are way above and beyond more of a "Hockeytown" than ghey Detroit is or ever will be. Frankly that nickname alone gives me all the reason in the world to hate Detroit and their NHL franchise. If that saying wasn't obviously so pathetically inaccurate I might actually have gotten some humor out of it but I don't because I know you retards sincerely believe it. I will hate the Red Wings forever and your team can't bottom out soon enough for my liking.</rant>
I don't care if I piss off every Red Wings fan on this board. You're on a Blues message board- deal with it.
Every time you post the rest of us get dumber.
The NHL always tries to help out the Red Wings? Really? That's why the refs routinely call more penalties on the Wings than their opponents during playoff games, huh? In the first 3 games of this series alone, they did that in 2 of them, and in the other, it was even. The game winning goal in game 3 was a PP goal that came off a garbage call; Hal Gill does the same damn thing about a dozen times every game and never gets called for it. What about the disallowed Hossa goal that would have tied game 3 at the end of regulation against the Ducks?
Gary Bettman's top 2 objectives are to grow the league's fanbase and convince small market owners to invest in their teams. It doesn't help him do any of those things when the Wings win the Cup. I'm sure he nutted all over himself when Tampa Bay and Carolina won.
The announcers love Detroit? Have you even been listening? Every time they talk about the Wings getting away with "subtle interference" I just want to vomit. Those are things that EVERY team does. They spent a lot of time talking about how Samuelsson interfered with Malkin on Ericson's goal, but they completely ignored 2 very important factors. The first was that Sammy's feet were moving the entire time; the second was that Malkin never even tried to fight for position. That's hockey 101 right there. If you want to draw that call, you HAVE to fight for position. Maybe he just assumed he'd get it bc he plays for the Pens.
The Wings haven't been a bandwagon team since 2002. They've been winning Cups for over a decade now; it's not fresh anymore. For the past several years, it's the Penguins who have been attracting all the bandwagoners. That may be all over after Saturday, though.
The Wings stand up for themselves just fine. They've been in a ton of playoff brawls the last two years. I guess you missed Datsyuk pummeling Gary Roberts after he cheap shotted Franzen, or Ozzie giving Mike Ribeiro some chin music when he tried to run Lidstrom after the bell?
No part of America loves hockey quite as much as Canada. As far as the United States is concerned, other than Minnesota, New England, and possibly Western Pennsylvania and upstate New York, no place is as into hockey as Detroit. Detroit has produced plenty of NHL players, including several that are HOF caliber. Hockey is huge in Detroit, there's nothing wrong with the "Hockeytown" moniker.
As for the team bottoming out, fat chance. They still have a roster full of damn good players with a lot of years left, and the system keeps churning out more every year. Keep your eye out for Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl.
One more thing: When a team raises a Cup banner, is there some kind of elegy to their toughness written at the bottom, or does it merely say "STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS"?
You don't piss me off either. It's actually kind of funny when you melt down like this.