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Paying for lip service

Posted on: May 25, 2009 7:02 pm
Joel Quenneville probably could have gotten cheaper protection from the Sopranos, but if it helps the Chicago Blackhawks get over their Game 4 debacle, the $10,000 fine their coach is paying to the NHL foundation might actually be worth it.

Don't bet on it though. Chicago was already out of the game when Matt Walker was called for roughing at the 20 minute mark of the first period, a penalty that caused the action Quenneville was disciplined for. Detroit had scored 21 seconds before that and added a power play goal a little more than a minute into the second period to make it 3-0 and effectively put things out of reach.

Later, Quenneville opened his post game news conference with what had to be a calculated rant about Walker's penalty because he knows the league doesn't tolerate even mild criticism of its officials. Still the Blackhawks coach said: "We witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports today. I've never seen anything like it. (The referees) ruined a good hockey game, they absolutely destroyed what was going on on the ice."

Not exactly. The Blackhawks did themselves in by being stupid. They were still seething about the hit Martin Havlat took from Niklas Kronwall in Game 3 and took 16 penalties, including nine for roughing. Several, like Walker's, came after whistles had blown.

It was just a really bad day for a young team that decomposed against a veteran one and got no help from backup goalie Cristobal Huet, who looked awful but still will probably start Game 5 because Nikolai Khabibulin doesn't appear ready to return from an injury. So when it was over, Quenneville did what any smart veteran coach would in a similar situation by trying to deflect the blame away from his players and maybe get their minds away from a perilous situation.

Trouble is Quenneville was as stupid as his players with his words and finds himself lighter in the wallet as a result.
Category: NHL

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2009 6:46 am

Paying for lip service

A little more calm from Quenneville might  have helped stabilize his young team. His desire to win some sort of argument with the officials looked unprofessional and proved self defeating. In the  end it was the goaltending that finished them off. Huet made some nice saves but in and among them were three real clunkers. The fourth goal 12 seconds after Chicago had finally scored was the killer.

Since: Aug 26, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2009 6:31 am

Paying for lip service

And thats why they lost. The post season isn't a time for revenge. You got to look forward, the way the wings were set it doesnt matter about the penalties. The Wings we're on fire because of the loss in over time 2 nights before. You probabley are the type of person that just watched the clips. This game way more rough than anything. The Wings had to put all 5 players infront of their gola after the whistle blew to make sure their goalie wasn't hit. Every time the whistle blew some Blackhawk was trying to fight. It's just stupid and immiture. The Blackhawks showed their true age sunday night. And they gacve their playoffs away. But its okay let them come to the D like that send them back to chicago

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2009 4:05 am

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I agree with Quennville, the refs took the blackhawks right out of the game, from the start. Calls all game all were suspect. The excuse was the blackhawks were looking for revenge, thats a bunch of bull. Those refs made asses out of themseleves, because they assumed the blackhawks were looking for revenge on the hit by Kromwall. Unbelievable how the refs just took the game out of the players hands. Or did they get orders from the NHL to make-up the call from the Kromwall hit. This is what I saw in Sundays game. When the game was over in the 3rd period, did anyone see the bullshit calls on the redwings for a simple stick check, just to make the score sheet look a little better. And why in the world was Eager given (2) 10 minute penalties-- That blew my mind...  These officals must have had orders from above (NHL)  THIS GAME WAS NO MORE PHYSICAL THAN ANY OTHER GAME...but the excuse for the NHL was blackhawks looking for revenge???

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 12:47 am

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He does have a point. The officiating has been brutal this post season.  For everyone.  To call that penalty the worst call in history though?  Not so sure about that, that wasn't even the worst call of these playoffs.  But it was a bad call.   Did it decide the game? No. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2009 12:35 am

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The coaches only work for the team that hired them. How can someone even think they work for the league, clueless.

jbwhatever, are you watching the games? Quennville is complaining about calls against his guys. Babcock should be complaing about some of the terrible calls that have went against the Red Wings.

I don't watch the NBA but I have saw some of the questionable stuff happening there. Players have been arguing for opponents not to be suspended for flagrant fouls because the refs made such terrible calls.

I know chaos would ensue if coaches had free rain to take shot at the refs. I also think it subside once the refs were held accountable for doing crappy work.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2009 12:09 am

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2009 11:59 pm

Paying for lip service

The league is the coaches employer?  How did you ever come to that conclusion?  Who hires and fires these guys?  Over the 4 decades I've been watching the NHL, minor leagues and even juniors,  I've never seen them hired or fired by the league.  Coaches are employed by their individual teams.  I guarantee you that Gary Bettman and the NHL front office do not sit down and interview coaching candidates and then assign them to a team.  For example, the league did not hire Mike Keenan and assign him to the Flames 2 years ago.  And it definitely was not Bettman who fired his arse last Friday.  Are you sure you even watch the great  game of hockey?  Check your facts before you start blowing out fictional info like that on a sports forum like this.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2009 11:51 pm

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What Quenville did was brilliant.  He took all the focus of a terrible outing by his club and put it on his shoulders alone.  Instead of anyone talking about a 6 - 1 rout, we are talking about his antics and not the fact his team is on the verge of elimination.  He took all the pressure and focus off his young team at a critical juncture in this series and win or lose, it's a smart move.  In addition to being a brilliant coaching move, he's right!  The officiating of all playoff series to this point and even going back to the regular season has been questionable at best.  With two officials on the ice, it seems like no one wants to take charge, and most of the time the referees can't even keep up with the play.  As for the NHL and it's $10k response.....   guess the truth hurts huh?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2009 11:07 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2009 10:56 pm

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The officials definately did not have any effect on the outcome of this game. Wes says Quennville did what any smart veteran coach would do and calls him stupid in the next sentence. Which is it? Quennville makes enough donating $10,000 to charity is not going to break him.

One of the worst rules/ policies in all of professional sports is not allowing coaches to criticize officials. These are paid professionals who should be able to handle any criticism. The NHL has forced inept officials into action by using the two referee system. I know the ones were the playoffs are supposed to bethe best but are they?

The only reason to have this rule would be to show kids they should play hard and not blame the refs when they lose. Two problem's with this theory; most 9 and 10 year olds can spot most of the terrible calls and professional sports leagues have way too many other issues to use this one as it's role model example.

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