Digest for alt.sports.hockey.nhl.mtl-canadiens@googlegroups.com - 4 updates in 1 topic

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chuck <barberphoto411@gmail.com>: May 24 05:56AM -0700

The NHL wants to market the grit and the close games that result from putting the whistle away.
Chuck <barberphoto411@gmail.com>: May 24 06:03AM -0700

I think the Preds are a good example of a team using the regular season to build for the playoffs and peak when it counts the most. Much has been made of their playoff seeding. Had the played the way they closed out the season earlier they would have finished a lot higher in the standings
Gerry <gerry14@hotmail.com>: May 24 06:18AM -0700

Good luck to them with that. An Ottawa-Nashville final would also be quite a marketing coup, eh? As the injuries pile up, and the longer term wear and tear on players becomes more evident, it's going to be quite a challenge to make it work over the long haul.
Now that said, I think it has been the case for a verrrrrry long time (all my decades) that the whistles tend to go away in the playoffs. The difference I find now is that they aren't just going away for the more "harmless" types of infractions. You could always count on getting away with more interference, hooking, roughing in the scrums, all that sort of stuff. It has always been that way in the playoffs. But now, it just seems to me like there is more "harmful" stuff that players are getting away with too, so much slashing especially. And even if they do make a call on a more vicious play, they often penalize or suspend very lightly relative to regular season standards.
As a player, I could imagine getting a bit turned off by it all too. You have to want a Cup pretty bad to put your health at risk running that gauntlet year after year. The hunger to win might be enough to drive you through it the first time. But once you win once, how easy is it to go through it all again the next time? It's bad enough now that I'd frankly be looking at getting the PA to step in somehow if I was a player. It's their livelihoods in question here. Which sounds a little hysterical maybe... except watching some of these games it actually does seem that bad now. I like hard-hitting hockey and all, but it seems like things have gone a little off the rails. Maybe it will get better with certain teams out of the picture now? I don't know.
Chuck <barberphoto411@gmail.com>: May 24 09:00AM -0700

Whistles have always gone away during overtime periods and late in the 3rd period. This year it seems whistles have been put away after the 2nd intermissions! 1 goal or tied games in the 3rd period has reduced the NHL rule book to delay of game (puck over glass), too many men on the ice and Homicide penalty calls!
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