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Thursday, May 25, 2006

This is embarrassing

At some point, you need to call this game for what it is. A spectacular exhibition of how to draw a penalty. After 5 straight penalties in the first period, Edmonton starts to work the officials in the first half of the second.

Pisani breaks in on Giguere, and then loses an edge after the scoring chance passes him by. Penalty Anaheim on Beauchemin. Samuel Pahlsson does an excellent job forechecking, forcing two Oilers back behind their own net. Pahlsson extends his stick out with one hand, Samsonov tucks it between his arm and twists it up into his own body. Penalty Anaheim on Pahlsson. Horcoff gets stick checked at the top of the circle and he falls to the ice like he was shot out of a cannon. Penalty Anaheim on Getzlaf. Roloson complains about Ahaheim crowding the crease? Penalty Anaheim, goaltender interference on Andy McDonald.

Oilers fans are unhappy, booing the officials? Deal with it. Play the game, or start calling diving every play until it stops. This is not soccer. It was noticeable during the regular season, noticeable in the second round, and burning through the eyelids noticeable in game 4 against Anaheim.

Penalty totals halfway through the second period: Edmonton Oilers 5 in the first period, Anaheim 0. Anaheim 4 minor penalties halfway through the second, Edmonton 2.

[Update] Salei and Smyth trade goals to make it 4-2 Anaheim. One more goal by Edmonton and the Rexall Place is going to explode.

[Update2] Laraque comes through for the Oil. The enforcer makes it 4-3 Edmonton on an assist by Chris Pronger, and now the Edmonton fans are in a near constant roar.


Zanstorm said...

Quack Quack! The Ducks have awoken!
I liked all the calls tonight, except for the MacDonald call on goalie interference....Rollie dove on that one.

Zanstorm said...

A lot of the calls were hooking and holding penalties as well, which the refs HAVE to call.
Either way, for the Ducks to score their 5th goal like that in the face of adversity was impressive. I think from this point they really need to concentrate on scoring the first goal. I forgot that they hadn't had a lead in the series leading up to tonight. Yikes! But the Ducks really do have a better defensive structure than Edmonton, and really shut the Oils down in the third.

RiversQ said...

Roloson has had a few dives in the postseason but actually that was a neat little play by MacDonald. I'm not sure if he meant to do it, but he definitely hooked Roloson's right leg with his own right leg that he left trailing as he turned. I don't think I've seen that before. If he meant to do it, he'll get away with it more often than not.

Earl Sleek said...

Wow. I saw the first two periods then followed intently on my cell phone thereafter. I think I'm going to G5, but I'll know for sure tomorrow.

Giguere the mystery man. He's gonna give me a heart attack.

mike w said...


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