Originally Posted by Film Noir Buff
Actually the Rangers got robbed by that lame-o penalty on Shanahan late in the 3rd. Buffalo hasnt had good post season PPs. They may be the best in the East but they have several weak spots. Miller did save their bacon many times; that stop of the puck with the small of his back was awesome.
Another thing, Buffalo got an awful lot of PPs off of terrible calls by the officials. I know the NHL is a commercial shell of its former self but trying to give Buffalo that game 7 times over ( 6 in a row crap penalties called and a goal taken away on a bogus interpretation of the kicking rule).
Although many of the Hockey-Lite fans probably like this new two hand touch version of hockey with its ala carte penalties menu, the broader market isnt going to care about this league until it reduces itself to 16 teams and creates some real rivalry pressure.
Lame as the penalty may have been, it was consistent with the rules and when done in front of the official it should be called every time. When a defenseless player is sliding head first towards the boards and you check him into an even more defenseless position that's considered a lame-o penalty?
How about Shannahan using his head in that situation.
You're correct about some of the lame penalties, but don't for a moment think that it doesn't work both ways. There were some great acting jobs last night by the Rangers that should have received acadamy awards along with the 2:00 minor. I wish NHL offifciating could be more consistent and accurate, I have yet to discuss an NHL game this year with a fan of the opponent without one of us (if not both) whining about calls that were made....
As for the Buffalo PP, it has been sh*tty all year, so the playoffs are pretty much status quo in that regard. To your point about weak spots, one of their biggest is not being aggressive enough and trying to win on the prettiest 9-pass play they can muster......