Once again, the better team lost. Despite all the injuries, Detroit made a late push to try to tie the game, but fell short, losing 3-2 to Philly.
Full recap after the jump:
Power Play gave up a shorty and that ended up being the GWG. And of course it was Talbot. Pretty much the worst moment of my day. Hopefully he stubs his toe tonight. Then cries.
Franzen scored and he actually did a bit of skating tonight. That's a step in the right direction.
Joey MacDonald played well, but that first goal is on him. He and Janik both assumed the other would do something, but Joey took his eyes off of Janik and left it there. MacDonald supporters (I am one, too, btw) will say it was Janik's fault, but playing the puck has been Joey's one issue since joining the club. His GAA would be about .5 less if he could play the puck.
Then again, all three of Philly's goals were the result of a bad bounce. Maybe not the last goal as that was White doing... something, but you get what I mean. Detroit was better that the Flyers, but didn't win. Having 3 All-Stars out of your lineup will do that to you.
The Hit: This is what we all want to talk about, right? This hit was the 3 stars and the favorite moment all rolled into one huge play. Voracek grabs the puck and starts skating forward with his head down. He's carrying it behind him and looking back at it, so Kronwall steps up and...
"He was coming up along the boards and I took a stride forward."Yes, yes you did. Now, Voracek's head took the brunt of the hit, but if he had had his head up, it would have been shoulder to chest. I hope Shanahan gets this one right, because Kronwall should be an example to the league that huge hits can still occur and they can be legal. It's bad enough players now get rewarded for having their sticks slashed out of their hands, but now we want players to just skate with their heads down, hoping to draw a penalty? Get it right, Shanny.
The other thing I want to talk about is Clement's outrage that the play was not stopped. I saw a few Wings fans agree with him and I am not one of them. Yes, Voracek was wrecked, but he was out of the play. I don't want to be a monster, but if blowing the play dead as soon as someone appears to be really hurt becomes the standard, regardless of who has the puck, then what's to stop the Sedin's from flopping on the ice after a turnover and laying their motionless? They have no pride now. They already dive and they get away with it. What's to stop them or anyone else from playing dead in order to get a whistle? It's a violent game. As long as the guy isn't in immediate danger, play on.
Discuss in the comments.
Next game is Friday night against the Kings. Puck drops at 7:30 EST.
CBS is calling it a "elbow-to-face shot". Apparently the person who wrote this article needs a lesson in anatomy, or some new eyes; see those are the things that you use to report observations, not walk into a fucking wall, etc, alot like what happened to Voracek by the way, you dumb fucking cunt.
If Kronner is suspended then I guess the NHL should put a new rule in place, "If any player is injured by accident in any way shape or form, the player of the opposing team (or even the same team), that appears to have made contact with the injured player last, shall be suspended immediately." Whether or not said player is actually in the vicinity of injured player at the time of the call really doesn't matter, because like the previous bullshit I pulled out of my ass, that is what suspending Kronwall will be: BULLSHIT.
I'm really starting to get sick and tired of having a conversation after every Kronwall hit. This is getting me annoyed with the sport that I love. I think part of it is the 29 other teams who don't have Kronwall getting upset since he's destroying their players and the other part is, he's European. I think if he was North American we wouldn't hear such an uproar. That's just my opinion though...And yes the head was the PPOC but how can you hit someone head-on without the head being the PPOC?? It doesn't make sense. Unless the hitee is a foot taller than the hitter, it's nearly impossible. You naturally lean forward as a skater. Where's the common sense???
if it is a suspension, it will only be due to the unintended head contact and it should NOT be more then a game or two. Kronwall did not hit him from behind, he did not Target the head, and the player was NOT in a Defenseless position. Voracek had his head down by his own DOING, and that violates a major rule in hockey (keep your head up). if it is more than a game or two it will be a crime.
@Instinctz if it's a single game i'd call it a crime. this hit should be a shining example of how to hit legally and, for puck carries, how NOT to carry the puck out of the zone.
I think it will be a suspension, but it definitely shouldn't be. He should have had his head up, he basically skated into Kronner, and his reaction after was because he hit his head on the ice, I doubt it was from the hit itself. I have some faith in the shanaban, but I don't know about this, could just be a suspension by default, which is stupid. All players involved should have their accountability considered, and he basically hit himself into Kronner.
Oh and Clement's comments on the refs not blowing the whistle. Yeah, about that, Bill Clement is a jackass, for starters. I know you're upset Bill, but come on, you're a professional, you can mask it a bit. Also, I can sort of see Philly fans' being upset about that. I don't know the rule specifically, but as I understand it they blow the whistle if the defending team's player suffers "a serious injury that needs immediate attention." Deemed by the officials of course. I've seen people lose testicles blocking shots and not move afterward, only to be scored upon because they couldn't move and no whistle blew.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTh9fo9znHk(Maybe that's why Bill Clement was so mad...)And the direxion the game is going with head injuries, and our stance on concussions/potential concussions, I just feel like maybe a possible concussion (Voracek's body language after his head hits the ice is disturbing) like that one warrants a whistle. I'd like to know what Shanahan tells those refs after he reviews it. Really wish I knew what referee feedback was like, being that players are so candid about spewing info from their talks with Shanny.
The head was NOT targeted but it WAS the principal point of contact. Therefore, he gets suspended. Simple as that.
If that's the case then I think players who have no pride and take dives all the time should try just skating around head down into other players.Taking a penalty hurts a team, but suspending a player for however long, hurts much more.
@brendanksullivan "Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered."
key points are "head is targeted AND the principle point of contact." his head was not targeted.
also, the last half of the rule explains that if a guy puts himself in that situation, that "can be considered." so no, kronwall is not guaranteed to get away with it, but if voracek has his head up, he gets shouldered in the chest.
My comment is this:
I don't see how it was a "head shot". It was a body check that made contact with the head. The contact was the responsibility Kronwall, yes, but where is the head of the puck carrier? Down, checking if his laces are matching. If this hit is suspended, I would understand, but would argue checking (hard checks to irresponsible and unaware players) is being removed from the game.
A guy has to get his head up.
Favorite comment of this article: "if blowing the play dead as soon as someone appears to be really hurt becomes the standard, regardless of who has the puck, then what's to stop the Sedin's from flopping on the ice after a turnover and laying their motionless?"
@ShaneRozeveld Agreed, it probably will be suspended (I think it will) but not because Kronner is was targeting him. The head being the first thing he made contact with is what will be talked about. Could have been avoided, even if it's Voracek's dumbass fault for critiquing his own footwork as he skated out when he knows Kronner was there waiting. I mean seriously, if we add context, who DIDN'T see that hit coming? We held the puck in so long that both D had an easy time pinching because the PHI forwards were so tired. Of course he moves up, whether it's Kronner or Lidstrom had he been in that position. It just so happens that Kronner is going to blast you if you aren't paying attention.
To me, this will be the hit that defines the Shanahammer and Rule 48. I say that not because I think it was a violation, but because it clearly wasn't and yet was in a way. It did not target the head. Clearly from the video here and all his other hits, he wants to hit in the chest. However, when you put your head down and lower yourself toward the ice once he commits, that is what happens. Should be no discipline for that. If there is, it just reinforces the fail of the NHL.