The following quote is from an article in the Arizona Republic. The sports writer is Dan Bickley:
” In one pivotal moment, Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom badly fooled the referee, clutching Adrian Aucoin by the jersey, and then falling backward to the ice. It was the worst kind of dive, the kind of tomfoolery you expect in the NBA, from players like Bruce Bowen or Dennis Rodman. It was cheap and cowardly and bogus hockey. Naturally, it led to a Red Wings goal that sealed the night.”
Mr. Bickley is certainly entitled to express his opinion regarding the officiating during game 7, but he evidently missed the “cheap and cowardly” act that Keith Yandle pulled on Henrik Zetterberg following the Brad Stuart goal at the end of the 2nd period. Check the video link above. Watch closely in the replay from behind the goalie and you will see the goal, and then Z raises his arms, starts to skate behind the net and then Yandle slashes/trips Z and he crashes into the end boards. Bickley can call Holmstrom’s action “tomfoolery” if he wants to and to me that implies the boys just having some fun. What Yandle did borders on intent to injure and gross misconduct.
Regarding my gaurantee in an earlier post that game seven would not be a lopsided game: I was wrong. But, with the exception of the 2nd period, the game was relatively close.
Let’s move on to San Jose and see what happens.