Who Can We Blame?April 19, 2007
Ok…let’s be real honest for a minute (both Preds and Shark fans). If we look at the way these games have been called we have to admit that the penalty calling has favored the Sharks. So much so that it has taken the Preds out of their game and allowed the Sharks to dictate the tempo of this series.
I have really tried to stay away from this subject (because I did not want to sound like a whining fan and be compared to Ron Wilson of the Sharks who complains at the drop of a hat) but this is getting crazy.
The hooking penalty on Jordin Tootoo still has me scratching my head this morning and apparently it has the Preds scratching their heads too.
Barry Trotz had this to say about the penalty following the game last night:
“We thought Cheechoo was getting the penalty because he basically pulled Tootoo off stride. Our goalie started coming to bench and all of a sudden (the Sharks) got the call. That one was a little perplexing to me.’’
Here’s the deal…goalies have seen a ton of penalties in their career and they don’t usually leave the net unless they are certain which way a call is going. What are these ref’s seeing? With all these calls going against us the Preds are playing a very conservative game physically and getting dominated by the Sharks. They were able to wear us down while we were on the penalty kill and just totally push us around physically.
I’ve had some great comments from some Sharks fans saying that this game and series have been allot closer than we may feel it has…that’s encouraging but it doesn’t help the fact that we are down 3 games to 1.
The good news about the NHL playoffs is that we get seven games. The bad news is that we have to win three in a row against a team that has our number right now.