NHL Game Scoring is weird

I just don’t get the NHL game scoring that determines the standings.

You get two points for a win in regulation. But if game goes to overtime, each team gets a point and the winner then gets another point.

This makes it a three point game.

Why not make every game a three point game. It puts more emphasis on winning in regulation.

It just makes sense. I guess it’s why they don’t do it.

Sharks Win Series, Avalanche Have Great Season

The Sharks were the best team this series and it really showed the last three games.
Even though the series was once tied at two games a piece, the turning point was in game two when the Avs were up 5-4 late and lost. If they win that one it puts a lot of pressure on the Sharks.

But the Avs did have a great season. They were picked to finish last in the west and they fought their way into the playoffs. We saw the coming of age of a bunch of young players.

The future looks quite bright for the Avs. I’m looking forward to next season.

NHL Officiating is incompetent

The NHL officials have proven how incompetent tonight by just watching the Avs-Sharks game tonight.
They have called several ticky-tack penalties on the Avs in the first period and nothing on San Jose. One of those penalties gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

There were several times where they let Blake get away with holding and a cross check and didn’t call it. Andy got tripped by a Shark, no interference.

It then went over the top with a scrum behind the Sharks net. Mcginn for the Sharks had dropped the gloves and was pounding Duchene in the head.

What do the refs call? An extra minor on the Avs. This is just horrible. Right now, the refs have called 22 penalties on the Avs and only 10 on the Sharks.

I watch a lot of hockey and this series has had the worst refs and I think it is a reflection of the NHL. I think they have it out for the Avs.

I hope it gets better in the 3rd period, but I doubt it. I think this game is out-of-hand.

Had a blast at the Bell Centre tonight

All the banners and retired numbers in the rafters at the Bell Centre
I am in Montreal for a work conference and was fortunate to get to go to the Canadiens-Bruins game tonight.

Just to be in the arena where the Habs play was amazing. Just seeing all those banners in the rafters makes you awestruck.

The game could have been better, but just to see the game in Montreal was well worth the ticket.

Our seats were two rows from the top, but we had full view of the ice. Plus we were sitting on center ice.

Once again, a very fun evening.

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Radio Broadcast Needs Improvement

Congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche for taking down the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout tonight, but something needs to be done about the signal strength of the Avalanche radio broadcast.
I live in the north metro area and there is overlap from another channel and you can barely hear the broadcast. For a National Hockey League team that is unacceptable.

Also, a couple of weeks ago they weren’t even on the usual channel. I had to hunt around for them.

When they were on the Fan, things were so much easier. You knew what radio station they were on. If it wasn’t the main one, you went to the secondary.

I guess Stan the Man trying to make an extra buck and not renewing the contract with the Fan is the problem. Colorado Avalanche fans deserve better.

Avalanche win Game 5!

The Avalanche withstood a relentless firestorm from the Minnesota Wild and won 3-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the best of 7 series.
The Wild came out hitting hard and trying to do everything to shake up the Avalanche, but they couldn’t and the Avalanche scored the first goal.  The Wild evened it up with a power play goal late in the 1st period.

The second period was played to a draw, but the Avalanche came out and won the third period by getting two quick goals from Wolski and Stastny.  The Wild got their second goal with under two seconds left.

The Avalanche played strong and smart and won the game.  They didn’t take any stupid penalties and kept at it.

They have a chance to close-out the series on Saturday night. Let’s hope they can do that!


Minnesota Wild are a bunch of thugs…

The Minnesota Wild are a bunch of thugs.  If you don’t believe it, you should watch a reply of tonights game.
It has been a history in hockey, especially in the playoffs, if one team takes a big lead, the losing team tries to rough up the other team.

But tonight it went too far.  Yeah hit harder and do other things.  It is part of the game.  But the cheap shots are ridiculous.

The worst one was when Wild player Stephane Veilleux left his feet and boarded Colorado Avalanche player Paul Stastny. That is a horrible call and should have been a 5 minute penalty.

The game got worse and chippy and you know it was coming from Wild coach Jacques Lemaire.  That is the only way that would happen.

The NHL shoud review the Veilleux hit and suspend him for it.  That was uncalled for and hockey does not need that type of play.

The other thing that the NHL should do is suspend Lemaire for the next game.  What he told his players to do is uncalled for and should be punished.  Just look what Crawford did when he was with the Canucks.  It ruined a players career and life.

The NHL should send a message.  Whether it is in the playoffs or the regular season.  The rules should not change.

I guess the Avalanche won the battle tonight by blowing out the Wild 5-1.

Crawford ordered attack on Moore according to reports

SADOWSKI: Crawford ordered attack on Moore according to reports : The Rocky Mountain News
According to a report by CBC, Marc Crawford ordered the attack on Steve Moore that ended his hockey career.  Bertuzzi cowardly attacked Moore from behind in a game where his Vancouver Canucks were losing badly to Moore’s Avalanche.

According to the reports, in between the second and third period, Crawford pointed to the white board and said “he must pay the price,” referring to Moore.  Crawford was upset by a legal hit Moore had on Markus Naslund.

According to the column in the Rocky Mountain News, “These words directing vigilante retaliation to be executed against Steve Moore went well beyond the earlier ‘calling-out’ in the media by (then-Canucks GM Brian) Burke and Crawford. Bertuzzi knew exactly what was expected of him by his superiors and the consequences to him if he did not deliver.”

Bertuzzi was suspended 13 games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs and was not allowed to play internationally during the NHL players strike.  He was reinstated the following the conclusion of the strike.  Moore has yet to play hockey again after suffering a severe concussion and broken neck.

In my opinion, Bertuzzi should never have been allowed to return to hockey.  NO suspension would have been severe enough.  He should have been banned.  You never do that to an opposing player, NEVER!  If Moore could not have played again, he shouldn’t.

With these reports now, Crawford should be banned from the sport also.  That is inexcusable for a coach to do that.  You never go out and try to intentionally hurt a player.  He should never be allowed to coach again.

When the Anaheim Ducks come into Pepsi Center the next time.  Crawford and Bertuzzi are not going to have a pleasant reception.  It is kinda ironic that they are back together again.  Two goons taking care of each other.

The NHL has done a dis-service to the wonderful game of hockey.  The only way to rectify it is to ban both Crawford and Bertuzzi for life!