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Osgood for the Oscar

Posted on: May 27, 2008 12:42 am

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien deserves that kind of award.

"He's a good actor," Therrien said when asked about Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood drawing an interference penalty against Petr Sykora that created a late-game skirmish. It was the second such call against the Penguins in the game, the earlier one to Ryan Malone negated a second period power play for Pittsburgh.

"He goes to players and he's diving," Therrien said. "Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under (Mike) Ribeiro. Our team never goes to the goalie, we never did it. We don't target the goalie, but this is --  you want to talk about experience --  he goes to players and knows what to do."

Osgood of course denied he intentionally tried to draw a penalty, although Sykora was livid, saying the league should take a closer look because diving is a punishable offense. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, meanwhile, didn't use the term dive, calling what happened  part of "playoff hockey," but added that he thought the incident was pretty obviously outside the rules.

"I don't think he's a guy who purposely stays out of the way of that kind of stuff," Crosby said. "He's trying to draw a penalty, but I think everyone has to be held accountable. If that's a forward and they go down, a ref is calling a penalty if it's obvious. Why not call the same for a goaltender?"

Category: NHL

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:03 am

Osgood for the Oscar

As an Avalanche fan, I had no respect for Osgood until this week. When Kristin Bell says she would rather take a ride on Ozzy instead of Brad Pitt, that made me appreciate him alot more.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2008 12:29 am

Osgood for the Oscar

Sounds like bunch of sour grapes on the part of the Pens.  While I will agree that the call on Malone was a bit "iffy" (Osgood did seem to kind of initiate contact), it was not suprising consider the "crack down" that the league is doing on goalie interference.  Considering the completely BS waived off goal in the Dallas game involving Holstrom passing gas that entered the crease and interfered with Turco (since it was abundantly clear from replay that nothing else of Holstrom's was in the crease at the time of the goal) and the rather questionable call of the waived off goal and penalty in the first game with the Pens, it should not suprise that the call on Malone was made.  After all, Malone was clearly about 2 feet into the crease and pushed Osgood.  Whether or not Osgood initiated it, any smart hockey player and hockey fan will know that it tends to be the retailiations that will almost always get called even if the original incident is missed.


As to the Sykora call, I consider that one a good call.  It is highly debateable whether or not Osgood "dove" or not.  Personally, I consider a diving call as REALLY tough thing to call.  It is a highly subjective thing.  What was clear to me is that Sykora initiated contact with Osgood.  You can debate whether or not that contact was sufficient to result in Osgood going flying backward like he did, but to me that debate will only result in whether or not Osgood would also have gotten a penalty or not.  Consider the 12 ft protective bubble that the HHL seems to believe must be placed around all goalies, it was perfectly logical that Sykora would get nicked for a penalty...there is no question that he to a line of travel that caused him to contact Osgood.  The only question was should Ozzie get a call for diving as well in an effort to emblish things to ensure that the call was made on Sykora.  I have no problem with the debate about Ozzie getting a penalty (nor with the debate of whether Ozzie should have gotten a penalty for the swing of the butt at Riberio), but the comment by Therrien is complete BS...Sykora went on a path that resulted in a path to contact Osgood, but was hoping that people would not notice.  Thus, Therrien's comment about "Our team never goes to the goalie, we never did it" is complete BS.


And that does not even get into the some of the BS hits that his players were doing...not the least of which was the punch to Frazen's head by Roberts when he skated past.  Robert's was fortunate that the refs missed that one...and I suspect that the league will wus out and not address it outside of the game.


Face it...Pens got frustrated and let their frustrations lead them to stupid penalties.  Take the Malone goalie interference penalty.  It was his own fault.  Even if Ozzie did initiate it, Malone should have been smart enough to keep his emotions in check and not retaliate.  He didn't and thus ended up in the penalty box.  His own fault.

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 6:09 pm

Osgood for the Oscar

When I watched the interview with Therrien last night I was wondering when someone was going to hand him a tissue.  It seemed like all he was doing was crying about how all of the calls that were made were against his team.  Hmmm, wonder how intentionally running into the goalie would not result in a penalty.  Especially when the goalie is either in the trapizoid bethind the goal or in the crease.  Wonder why he isn't crying about the non call when Roberts ripped the stick out of Stuart's hands in front the Detroit goal, isn't that interferrence?  Or how about Crosby pushing Draper's stick over to the side boards away from Draper, isn't that also interference? Or how about all of the head hunting they did against Franzen, just wonder how many head shots he received in the game?  Or maybe he was slow to realize that they had more hits than Detroit?  I did not hear Babcock complain about those non calls, nor did I hear complain about the goalie interference call against Holmstrom after the first game.  Maybe just maybe Therrien is in the wrong profession.  If it seems that the refs and the rest of the world is out against you then maybe you need to do something to change their perspecive, like play a clean game, or maybe you need to realize that you are not nearly as good as you thought you were.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2008 5:49 pm

Osgood for the Oscar

I thought that Malone went into the paint until I saw a picture of it this morning.  He's almost halfway to the middle!  If you've seen the picture, you can't deny it.  Osgood had every right to push back.  I just wish he had totaled Malone instead of making the save.  Wait a minute!  What am I saying?  He had to launch himself back to his left to make a great save, which he did, even though any goal would have been disallowed.  It looked to me like he made two great plays one after the other.  That's MVP stuff, not a dive.  With Sykora, he played it for all it was worth and could have been called for embellishment, but Sykora laid his shoulder into him and deserved the penalty.  Therrien needs to correct the issues with the play of his forwards.  Trying to throw Osgood off his game by whining uncontrollably only makes him look weak.  The Pens should look to the Sharks and Ron Wilson for guidance on the subject of retaining Michel Therrien for another year.  He's the weak link.  He should be setting a better example for his players and leave the whining to the fans and sportswriters.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2008 3:20 pm

Osgood for the Oscar

Hey Wes. Schnoz--boy. Need something to write about eh? Try mentioning the multiple headshots on Franzen, everyone knows he's been out with a concussion, that's just filthy. The Pens. were going after him all game long.

How about: OSGOOD FOR MVP.  Give him credit for 2 straight shutouts you a-hole. Schnoz-boy

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2008 10:54 am

Osgood for the Oscar

If anyone should know a thing or three about diving, it is Syd the Kyd...What a crybaby...He even goes as far as to say the Wings are holding sticks...Give me a break.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2008 10:43 am

Osgood for the Oscar

You want to write an article about something?  How about the Pens headhunting a guy who is just back from a concussion. 

That should be the story.  Roberts and Malone taking cracks at Franzen's head.  They know what his condition is, and they knew exactly who they are taking high shots at.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2008 10:20 am

Osgood for the Oscar

Did they get some cheese with that whine?  The NHL has told referees to watch the interference, namely to stop the Redwings, because they are told to watch this they have to call it both ways.  This was the first game the Redwings were not called for it in a while.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2008 9:54 am

Osgood for the Oscar

I hate to say it but it looks like Osgood is taking lessons from Hasek.  I still think Sykora bumped him with his shoulder, which is goalie interference, but not enough to make Osgood fall down.  Sykora had more reason to try to shot at the goalie to try to send a message or simply out of frustration.  Osgood, with game in hand, had absolutely no reason to try to draw a penalty.  Hopefully Osgood doesn't pick up anymore of Hasek's bad traits

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2008 7:24 am

Osgood for the Oscar


Your pens aren't going to win...your "Expert Pick" is wrong, admit it and accept it, you'll start sleeping at night again...


You lost the "Expert Pick" title this year to a woman and tied a smart Hockey writer...don't be such a smuck next year and maybe, just maybe you'll do better!

P.S. Not only are the Wings schooling your Pens...You've been schooled too, LOL!!!


P.S.S. were are all those Pens fans disrespecting our Wings now? Bitches!

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