Originally Posted by segbrown
Well, they thought that Bonino (I think) had just knee-on-kneed their no. 1 draft pick. It turned out to be not such a bad hit, although it was questionable, but from the bench it looked bad. And for the last face-off, all Roy did was match lines, as the home team, as he did all night. The Ducks 4th was out there ... who was Roy supposed to put on the ice, Duchene? Things were testy, and it was more worrisome that the Ducks, having gotten destroyed, would send the message. So I have no problem with that.
And I have no problem with the bit at the end of the game. He showed the players he was all in, and they loved it. The fans loved it. All of this was coming after everyone in the arena thought Mackinnon had just been targeted. That is an important distinction. It made everyone edgy. Roy won't be doing that every game, it would be stupid and lose its effectiveness. But just knowing that it's still in there is good enough.
I should have guessed that there were some shenanigans going on before the video clip. I should know that all media plays up the sensational.....those are the headlines, now for the rumors behind the news. If the partition had been anchored better it would not have looked that bad. I know I'm over worrisome about the image. I enjoy watching skilled players but I also enjoy the physical aspect of a good, clean hit but I don't care for cheap shots that could end a players career. The fighting gets over the top at times. It is real fighting, not the typical, stylized baseball brawl. Why should I be concerned at all? I enjoy the sport, I can watch all of the Pen's games. In the end it really doesn't matter to me if hockey ever gets to be more popular. Really, the last few years I've been enjoying hockey a lot more than football and not just because the Steelers have been in decline. At least in hockey, player violence is contained on the ice.
Originally Posted by JohnL
The main reason you send your enforcers on the ice in that situation is defensive, to prevent the other team from getting dirty and injuring one of your key players. If you are up big, you shouldn't start anything. But you don't bring a knife to a gun fight.
You need to lighten up Francis. And maybe I should have myself on that Hertl/Turtle/Erkl/whatever he is called rook.
See above post on the first issue, seg 'splained it well. As for part 2, I think an in your face with a showboat play is more fun than an in your face with a fist, that's all. But yes, time to lighten up. I'll drink to that.
Originally Posted by bellracing
Eff you all, Canucks loyal!
Oh, I'm sooo tempted to respond with a stereotypical Canuck slur used by so many down here weaned on Second City but I'll just say, welcome to the forums.