Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Detroit Red Wings withstood an early attempt by the Pittsburgh Penguins to show what they're made of by shutting down the Pens on 4 consecutive PP's (Well, really 3). The Red Wings do what they do best (yawn!) - make you look silly with their tried and true style of play.
I got to give them credit, it's not just what they did to the Penguins, Stars, Avalanche, and Predators - they do it to everyone! Great defense, timely scoring, and they sort of grind their opponents into submission. Chris Osgood barely broke a sweat as Pittsburgh really didn't show up. The Penguins lacked speed, intensity, and had no physical presence at all (Detroit's game plan may of had something to do with it). It really was disappointing for hockey fans in general, the Penguins were terrible and the Red Wings... well they were just being themselves. Pittsburgh better snap out of it, or they are going to be totally "machined" by the 'Wings.
Just one more thought; the NHL must stop the micro-managing of this wonderful game. Let the players play! Let the players decide the outcomes of the games! The players need to be able to play their game and not be in the fear of the ridiculous calls that are being made (this goes for both teams, some horrible calls were yet again made both ways).
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