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Subject: Re: Does the NHL get it right??? or wrong??? Date: 11/19/2007 12:23 AM
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I didn't see the game, but got the recap from my very objective(!)wife and some other reliable sources. First, the Wild were stinking up the joint. They've had a few clankers this season and sounds like Friday was another. Second, it sounded like a typical Wild/Nucks; a go, go, go affair with plenty of hook & hold and, uh, finishing of the checks.

From what I can assemble, Ohlund got the suspension for an undisciplined slash causing injury. The fact that Vancouver had a 3 goal lead with less than 5 minutes to play at the time didn't help him, either. If Koivu's hit would had laid out Ohlund, it probably would've (and should've) gone the other way.

There's also the 'let them play' element. Seems that both sides were taking some liberties, but Ohlund's move was uncharacteristic even for Friday's game. What compounds how dumb Ohlund's action were is that by getting suspended, he further depleats Vancouver's defensive corps.

Another part of this I found interesting was the Canadian media's recap of the game, which was esentially "Canucks tame Wild" no matter where I went. No mention of Ohlund's 19 PIM. Wasn't until today's league action that TSN, CBC or Canada.com made mention of the slash. I would love to see how Homer Hughson and the Rogers broadcast handled it during the last five minutes of the game.

As far as Boogaard goes, I wish the Canucks (and the Flames and Oilers, while we're at it) would send one guy to face him. Check this replay at 1:35 and you see Boogaard get cross-checked (by Cowan?) into the glass. After he gets up, he goes after Mitchell, who didn't hit him, but soon is fighting 3 Canucks himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KuS8P0yLic

Anyway, Wednesday in St. Paul should be worth watching.
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