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tjk002 wrote:Noodles called it out the most he could on the league's network. Walsh should be suspended.
Oh boy, did the St. Louis Blues get jobbed by the officials on Friday night.
Captain David Backes was given a match penalty at 9:38 of the third period for a hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kent Huskins, resulting in his ejection and a 5-minute major penalty.
Pavel Datsyuk scored during the ensuing power play for the 4-3 lead; the Wings eventually won the Central Division showdown, 5-3, thanks to a Henrik Zetterberg hat trick.
One tiny, little problem: Replays showed that Backes never made contact with Huskins’ head. Backes made contact with the chest.
Good lord what a blown call.
Backes’s body is basically square with the numbers on Huskins’ arm. A violent hit, to be sure, but he makes more contact with the waist than the head.
It was a brutal call that undeniably changed the dynamics in the third period, especially with the Red Wings have knotted the thing up just over five minutes earlier.
Overall, there were complains from both fan bases throughout the game about officials Ian Walsh and Chris Lee, who called seven minor penalties in the first period. But this penalty on Backes is the kind of over-reactive, hair-trigger call that makes one think that over-protection of the players can sometimes trump good judgement. An embarrassment, given the stakes.
We’ll update with comments from the Blues later. Because you know they’re coming.
AlsWoodenStick wrote:I know the replay is slow-mo, but if you look at the shot where the ref is behind the Backes hit, he doesn't immediately react to the hit but more to the way Huskins went down, IMO. His head snapped awkwardly & that seemed to tick the arm going up. Idk. Shitty call. (Frank) the Wings, get them next time.
ViPeRx007 wrote:I can't wait for the headlines: "Wings Dominate Blues in Convincing Win"
KPFBlue wrote:ViPeRx007 wrote:I can't wait for the headlines: "Wings Dominate Blues in Convincing Win"
Or more accurately, "Chris Lee and Ian Walsh drown in celebratory postgame b*kkake session in Wings locker room"
Too wordy for a headline?
dhabums wrote:You and your buddies here are a joke and most of this site knows it.
abc789987 wrote:Anyone have a video link to Steen's post game interview?
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