So I'm driving home from work this evening listening to WFAN. Steve Sommers, my all time favorite is on the air. The schmooze takes a call from some guy who rambles on about how the NHL must have fixed the Rangers-Pens series in order to make sure that Crosby advances in the tournament. Hmmmm..... Let's see.....
Does the NHL want Pittsburgh to advance? Of course. Did the NHL sabotage the Rangers to make sure Pittsburgh wins? Please. However, I will give the conspiracy theorists this: isn't it strange that when watching a game on a local network like, say, MSG, when a goal is being reviewed, the local network gives you every possible replay angle so that you can effectively make the call for yourself. Yet when watching games on NHL networks like Versus or NBC, you barely get even a simple replay. What's that all about? Does the NHL want us to take their word for it? Are they afraid that by giving us all the looks, we might catch them making a mistake?
Guess who's going to be a restricted free agent after next season? Evgeny "Slew Foot" Malkin. If the Pens are crazy enough to let him get to July 1 without a new contract, I can see Glenn Sather personally backing the Brinks truck up to Malkin's door. How does a 10 year maximum contract front loaded to the greatest extent permitted by the CBA sound? I can hear the good folks in Pittsburgh PA whining already!
So Drury takes a blatant stick to the face. He's cut so badly the blood had to be scraped out of the ice. Obviously, none of the on-ice officials see anything. Tom Renney, of course, makes no attempt to protest the missed call. What was Tom Terrific thinking? "What does a guy have to do to get fired around here???"
Did I mention how well Chris Drury did the "little things" in round 1?!?!