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Old 05-20-2009, 03:37 AM   #121
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Heres a quick look at the Cooke hit....looks borderline shady to me

It looks like Cooke turned his shoulder and was ready to hit Cole, but Cole turned at the last second, causing their knees to collide. I don't see Cooke sticking out his knee the way Cavey did to Gonchar. So as much as I'd have loved another opportunity to bash him, it doesn't look to me like it was an intentional hit by Cooke.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:20 AM   #122
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The conspiracy theories and whining by opposing coaches just never ends.

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By Luke DeCo ck, THE (RALEIGH, N.C.) NEWS & OBSERVER
Wednesday, May 20, 2009


So, you're convinced the NHL is out to get the Carolina Hurricanes.

You're not alone. Many players are also convinced the league is tilting the ice in favor of Sidney Crosby, too.

While that's a useful motivational tool inside the dressing room, it's also giving the NHL way too much credit. Even if the league wanted to pull strings behind the scenes to ensure the Penguins' return to the Stanley Cup finals, it's nowhere near organized enough to pull it off.

This is the league that packed three two-day breaks between games into the Eastern Conference finals, stretching it out longer than some major wars.

If the NHL can't come up with a sensible schedule for a playoff series, how is it supposed to rig one?

Rest assured there is no conspiracy, no vast Illuminati working against the Hurricanes in the league offices in Toronto and New York. If there was, how could the Hurricanes possibly have made it to the conference finals for the third time in seven tries?

Still, after Monday's 3-2 loss, the Hurricanes remain convinced that the league is favoring Crosby, not that they'll acknowledge it publicly. That perception will be as much of a rallying cry in this series as it was against the Boston Bruins.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice took pains to raise a few issues for the league's consideration Monday night, which is all part of the gentlemanly code of playoff gamesmanship. It's a ritual as formalized as a cricket match or Bar Mitzvah.

Maurice wanted a penalty on Matt Cooke's knee-to-knee hit on Erik Cole in the third period and questioned the three interference calls in the first eight minutes after a rough-and-tumble, anything-goes series against the Boston Bruins. Then he underlined those points again Tuesday.

"Apparently, if you drive the front of the net, you're not allowed to bump the guy," Maurice said. "At least, you hope it goes both ways."

Cynics, partisans and the casually paranoid would say that a tighter standard of officiating favors the Penguins in this series, just as a looser standard played to the Bruins' advantage in the last series.

They would further argue that the NHL is desperate to see Crosby and the Penguins advance over the small-market Hurricanes, as they point out that the Canes, the NHL's least penalized team in the regular season, have faced more power plays than any team left in the postseason.

These are legitimate concerns but closer to coincidence than conspiracy.

The league has had means, motive and opportunity, yet the Hurricanes are still alive.

If the NHL really wanted the Hurricanes out, all it would have taken was one extra call in either Game 7. There were enough potential penalties in overtime of the Game 7 against the Bruins to make any number of legitimate calls that could have ended Carolina's season.

Now, make no mistake, there are certainly people who work for the league who would love to see the Penguins back in the Stanley Cup finals. If you worked in the marketing department and didn't have a horse in this race, you might feel that way too.

But there's a long and winding road between crossing your fingers in hopes Boston or Pittsburgh advances and actually being able to work the levers of the great and mighty Oz to try to make it happen.
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"Apparently, if you drive the front of the net, you're not allowed to bump the guy," Maurice said. "At least, you hope it goes both ways."


I dont get what he is talking about?
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"Apparently, if you drive the front of the net, you're not allowed to bump the guy," Maurice said. "At least, you hope it goes both ways."


I dont get what he is talking about?
He's whining about the interference calls on the Canes in Monday night's game and is suggesting that the refs calls are somehow "biased".
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You have no idea how sick and tired I am of hearing this every time the Penguins win. No, they don't outwork other teams, outplay, outhustle, whatever. It's all being handed to them on a silver platter by the league and the referees.

I'm at the point now where I may just tune out the media altogether. This kind of BS has has also had an effect on the feeble-minded dolts out there (read: Flyers fans) who need some kind of excuse for their team losing. They can't accept the fact that sometimes you just get beat.
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You have no idea how sick and tired I am of hearing this every time the Penguins win. No, they don't outwork other teams, outplay, outhustle, whatever. It's all being handed to them on a silver platter by the league and the referees.
There was a Pens fan at the Igloo who summed it all up nicely for us and for Maurice ...........








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Yeah, I officially hate the Canes now. Took only one game.

What a bunch of whiny bitches.
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There was a Pens fan at the Igloo ....[/IMG]
ha ha! great pic - I saw that

- the PPG had a whole article about the dude - not going to arrest him or anything..


If the league was gonna do anything, it should of made sure the Pens/Caps was for the ECF.

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Speaking of injuries...

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Hurricanes forwards Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu are questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins, general manager Jim Rutherford said this afternoon.

Rutherford said Cole and Ruutu, who have lower-body injuries, underwent MRI's today and that he then talked to head trainer Pete Friesen about their condition.

"I do not think it looks good for either player," Rutherford said. "Pete Friesen was not overly optimistic about either.

"But we have two days between games and extra time. Certainly if we played tomorrow night, they would not be playing."

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