Morning Free Association: March 22

Things are going well for the Bruins this week.

I mean, they totally won that game vs the Calgary Flames, right?
The last 3 games have certainly happened.
hear no evil

Yep. Nothing went wrong at all.
Frustrated?

And our boys in black’n’gold continue their usual streak of success against the Romulans Senators
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!!!!

I guess it serves no purpose to beat ourselves up over it.
Who's a bad boy?  I AM!

So suck it up kids, and happy birthday, William Shatner

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The BOB
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The BOB

Ugh.

So my new ‘resource manager’ finished undergrad in 2012. Has zero experience in this field.
I started working here in 2011 with 5 years relevant experience.

I applied for said position but was told I lacked experience.
Colleague who also applied first started here in 1990. She is now his boss.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Were you over 40 when you were denied the position? If so, file an EEO charge.

The BOB
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The BOB

Nope, 34. Though the colleague who made the interview round most certainly is. Not sure what real value would come from an EEO complaint though… need to prove the decision was age related.

If anything, the better argument may be gender related…

phonymahoney
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Jesus, that blows. Sorry pal.

The BOB
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The BOB

Yup. All three levels of resource management above me have turned over in the past ~6 months.

Satan 81's Sister
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Oof, sorry to hear. Does your company even know what “experience” is?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I’m having one of those days when I want to quit my job, not have for a few weeks, learn to play bass with a metal slide, move to Boston and start a Morphine cover band.

Satan 81's Sister
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DAMNIT BRUINS I TOLD YOU TO WIN!
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Random non-hockey stuff: Was talking to someone this morning and got to bring up Hypercolor tee shirts. 80’s for the win!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1GqOidO-OBo/SgKZWkOATiI/AAAAAAAAABg/02zQ8Cz4zNw/s320/hypercolor.jpg

phonymahoney
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Hypercolor! I was so jealous when my friend got one in fifth grade!

Satan 81's Sister
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They were the best. I had two. Totally rocked them with my Skidz shorts.

Satan 81's Sister
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Yup, we looked liked idiots in the 80’s. smile

phonymahoney
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YUP

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

only in the 80s? …i mean….commmonnnnn

Satan 81's Sister
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OKAY FINE I STILL LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!

The BOB
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The BOB

It’s nice to know that some things never change…

Satan 81's Sister
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Recch.

The BOB
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The BOB

Also, nice to see Crosby up to his old tricks, jabbing O’Rielly in the pills. Of course, all the same Pens fans who try to pillory Marchand for his behavior rush to defend Crosby from doing the very same…

The BOB
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The BOB

As I mentioned to Phony last night, I do have to wonder if the Bruins are simply regressing to the mean. My understanding was that their CF and puck control actually dropped slightly after the coaching change but their shooting percentage jumped significantly, masking any issues. If the shooting percentage reverted back, those issues would come back to the light and they’d look the same as they did under Julien. Frequently outshooting opponents, often significantly, while being unable to finish

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

very possible they are reverting to old habits, i have a feeling cassidy will force them to practice the bad habits out of them till they cant breathe….but yeah.

phonymahoney
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But to watch them play, it doesn’t look like old habits. I mean, you go on frustrating runs sometimes. It happens.

The BOB
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The BOB

Isn’t that effectively the Bruins MO for the past 2+ seasons? Frustrated runs of dominant puck possession but mediocre results.

Also makes me think of the last decade of Montreal games. They scored so often on fluke bounces and chances. Boston will dominate, get 4-5 good chances then Montreal buries the one mediocre chance they get, likely done by some scrub.

phonymahoney
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It’s not the same. When you watch them, they’re taking risks and getting GOOD chances. They play the entire 60 minutes. They really are playing like a completely different team.

It’s weird to me that they went on this great run since firing Julien, but they lose three games and all of a sudden everyone is forgetting that they’re playing a totally different style and even though they can’t win every game, they look a hell of a lot better.

The BOB
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The BOB

You’re probably right. I definitely don’t have the time to watch much and I admittedly never had the knowledge to analyze strategies or tactics

The London Bear
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Absolutely.

Surely better to lose games you should be winning rather than just not turning up at all for big games. No team ever swept its way to the Cup – the better team loses sometimes. Nature of the beast.

phonymahoney
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I would definitely attribute some of the uptick in scoring and in shooting percentage to the Bruins getting better quality chances rather than just luck.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i dont want no scrubs.

muffinman3
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muffinman3

Thats a pretty realistic take away, and one I’m inclined to believe.

The BOB
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The BOB

Of course, that doesn’t answer WHY their shooting percentage is so miserable for the course of the seasons. Or why it jumped for a dozen games before falling apart again

muffinman3
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muffinman3

I thought it was honestly quality of shots. CJ’s system was a perimeter pass-around game and shots from the edge rather than Butch’s which is about jamming the slot and moving quick into the high scoring areas to get square shots. (Except the PP, I am pretty happy Butch kept the special teams the same)

Unless that’s wrong, but thats what I’ve noticed.

phonymahoney
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Agreed – they’re less afraid to take risks under Butch, where it often seemed like Claude wanted them to win every game 1-0. No mistakes allowed, no risks taken. These days they’re at least going to the net and getting good chances.

muffinman3
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muffinman3

I think this system benefits about every player we have except Spooner, Krejci, and Krug’s offensive tendencies. They don’t seem to be hurt be the change at all, but it seems to go against their instincts to sit at the halfwall. They all have thrived doing that on the PP though from what I’ve seen. Again, I have a smaller sample size than most of you

The BOB
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The BOB

You could well be right.
I have neither the time to watch enough games nor the analytical hockey knowledge to comment on such a theory.

The London Bear
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I agree with this.

The shots are coming from higher-percentage areas and they’re creating those triangles down low much more than under Clode. That’ll boost your shooting percentage

carvinbass18
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Frequently outshooting opponents, often significantly, while being unable to finish

I noticed at the end of the game they were taking lots of wrist shots from the points which felt like the old regime. I missed the Leafs game & the first 2 periods against Ottawa so I can’t give any info about the play in those games, but I’m wondering if it’s just a combo of everything?

phonymahoney
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They were crashing the net hard last night. Anderson had a great game. Bruins took lots of penalties, as well.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I think the Bruins need to believe in themselves.

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phonymahoney
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STRONGBAD BEST!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i swear, if this team misses the playoffs again by less than 2 points because of OTT…BAM TO THE MOON.

I need a new jerb. I am so burnt out. I really dont want to do this shit anymore.

So, what do people see as Weaknesses/Strengths going into next season? Not that this one isn’t fun, but i am interested to see where this team is and figure out the mind of Sweeney on what is his vision of “his team”.

I assume Pasta is his #1 priority, but after that…what would you like to see out of this next offseason?

phonymahoney
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– Defense will need a tweak, probably moving McQuaid or Killer (preferably McQ). Expect to see McAvoy in the lineup, and hopefully Carlo shakes off some of that rookie inconsistency. I think a lot of us forget that it takes longer to develop defensemen. I think if McAvoy can stick and fits in on the team right away, we only need a minor move for the d-corps.

– Scoring depth. Spooner is good on the PP, but it seems like he’s dragging dead weight around half the time because Beleskey is having a tough year, and Vatrano is shooting blanks now. Hayes has had bright spots occasionally, but it’s like once ever twenty games. I kind of expect that Spooner is moved, or will be expected to play wing, or the fourth line. JFK is expected to go pro after BU’s season is over and he’s the most likely suitor for third line C duty as he’s defensively reliable and reasonably offensively gifted. I really like Spooner, but I’d bet that if he can’t play the wing, he’s out.
– Draft a G in one of the later rounds, and take a forward in the first. We literally have nobody scoring other than 4/6 of the first two lines, and Moore.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Strengths: Boston has several elite players in their prime that just need a supporting cast to carry water from time to time. Rask can still be great even if it has been frustrating at times. With a better defense he will be back on top. Team intensity and pace of game is way up, which at least makes for interesting hockey. They have regained team drive which is a big deal. CJ’s Bruins the past year and a half were very similar to watching a cold jelled mass of condensed soup gradually slide out of the can into the pot, where at least now the pot is simmering.
This is all potential energy of course but the kids like Celery and Acciari clearly can fit in. Carlo has had his ups and downs but the upside is clearly there. Chiller looks like he has found a new gear.

Weaknesses: A black hole below the Bergy/Krejci lines. Hayes is an absolute nobody. Who knows about Beleskey? I suspect he is hurting. Nash could be any AHL’er. Moore does something good than takes another late game penalty that costs them the game. We have three lines of defense that are barely better than one another, and all get scrambly in their own zone. Even as Killer has improved Krug has taken a nosedive defensively. We still need a consistent backup goaltender.

They need to basically commit to a bunch of kids and aggressively move dead weight with a plan towards repairing team depth and finding some big/physical players that don’t turn into a bust (Hayes, Beleskey). The fear is that if we don’t hit soon the window on Bergy et al will slam shut, and I don’t know if the younger players have what it takes to take the reigns when the time inevitably comes that those elites are at their sunset.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

If I had to pick an area of focus it would be defense. Get at least one proven shutdown defenseman, plan to slot in another young prospect, reduce Z’s minutes to keep him effective at 40, and either work on Krug’s defensive awareness or trade him.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Agreed, This is where not getting Shattenkirk or someone actually worth the money may hurt the team in the mid term…short term Chara is handling the load but he cant be the #1 anymore and honestly prolly shouldnt have been forced to be the #1 as much as he has been since before the Chitown cup loss. Long term i think/hope we have the D talent to make our own elite D-corps….but having a known quantity in there to eat TOI reliably would be a huge +.

The London Bear
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Are you thinking free agents? Trading for that guy is going to cost us big. Think I remember hearing GMs wanted Pasta and two firsts last offseason to give Boston a top-line D-man.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

There is no doubt they are going to need to be aggressive to get high end defense, they are the most coveted players in the league of late. This is where the soft drafts and veteran NMCs of the Chiarelli era are STILL hurting the team… they don’t have a lot of big veteran names to dangle as trade bait because of their sweetheart deals (Hi, Krejci!), and are desperate to hold on to the youth as selling them would just put them back behind the development curve just as it’s ramping up again. The biggest trade of the past season was Weber/Subban and that only worked because they are both elite defense.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Add on the past few years of trying to keep their heads above water when it should have been clear it wasn’t going to happen and the team has been gutted for little return.

phonymahoney
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Yup. Really tough spot for us to be in.

carvinbass18
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I need a new jerb. I am so burnt out. I really dont want to do this shit anymore.

Preach brother

Satan 81's Sister
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Amen!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I guess it serves no purpose to beat ourselves up over it
Rrrrrrecch!!! for that gif every time.

Good Morning!!!!!!
Too tired after 3 nights in row. The legs aren’t near ready for that.!!!
Seriously, it’s very frustrating not being able to skate like i used to do.

Kayak polo tonight!!!! New beginnings. Old dog to learn new tricks tonight!!!

It may seem like I’m avoiding discussion of Boston’s hockey club, because I am.

Just bourbon, fuck the coffee!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Just bourbon, fuck the coffee!

dont hold back sir. in fact….share the wealth…

carvinbass18
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It may seem like I’m avoiding discussion of Boston’s hockey club, because I am

Formula 1’s first race is Sunday & first practice is tomorrow. Much much excitement. Hockey has taken such a back seat for me lately, I’ve watched so little.

The London Bear
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Formula 1’s first race is Sunday & first practice is tomorrow

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Practice one is 9pm for you, right? Do they televise practice over there?

The MotoGP is starting, too – that’s equally as awesome!

carvinbass18
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yeah, 9pm (reasonable). They televise some practices but the rest are streamable on the app. Friday’s practices 1 & 2 are live but FP3 will be streamable on the app at 11pm….. (isn’t FP2 & 3 just Fridays or did I miss some rule change giving a 4th?)

The London Bear
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Just the three practices. Aus time difference confuses the issue – 9pm with you = 1am with me = 10am tomorrow in Melbourne. The race is 1am Saturday night for you, then? Hope there’s a replay at a sensible time!

carvinbass18
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So I’m going dark on Twitter Sunday until the race is over haha

Satan 81's Sister
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You’re better than I am. I can’t resist a spoiler.

carvinbass18
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to be fair, with a 1am race start, when I wake up at 7 or 8 I’ll just put it on & stay off my phone haha

carvinbass18
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I’m just going to connect the laptop to the tv and watch the app replay

phonymahoney
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Good morning, pals!

  • Bruins game got me feeling all
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  • Seriously though, played well two nights in a row, and just couldn’t get the win. Ugh.
  • Last night’s officiating was not good, but it was much better than in Toronto. Here’s hoping they don’t blow it against Tampa. I will be there and will be very angry.
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  • Might even bust some heads.
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  • Breakfast from work this morning. My cheese souffle is excellent!
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    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    Since the time difference is only 5 hours for this whole week before we also change the clocks, I stayed up to watch the last two games. I’m not very happy about them, in fact, I’m pretty frustrated. I do not remember the last time I was complaining about the refs so often in one game, let alone two in a row, but I know I have in the past before so forgive me I this is old hat.

    I can think of 7 instances I was upset with the refs. I don’t want to take anything away form the Leafs and Sens, who played their game and played well. They got the wins fair and square because you play with the hand your dealt, no goals were awarded to them that didn’t cross the line. So, while I don’t think the wins are any less earned for those teams, it makes the losses hard to accept. In short, the Leafs and Sens deserve the wins, but I didn’t feel like we deserved to lose…

    1. (Leafs) Play is blown dead for a high stick and Marchand is livid. He yells at the ref “He played it” then “Because I know the fucking rules!”. Review says he was right and the faceoff is in the Leafs zone, NOT the neutral zone dot (if Marchand was wrong). Not a big deal but a mistake by the refs nonetheless.

    2. (Leafs) A Leaf loses his skate blade and gets a whistle. Another not-big-deal but another ref’s mistake gone against us.

    3. (Leafs) The boarding on Bergy is 5 mins, Fuck matching minors. A hit like that broke his neck 10 years ago. That’s horse malarkey. Now, I am starting to get mad, not thinking the refs are just missing stuff.

    4. (Leafs) I guess you could call interference on Moore but its evident it was tacky when the Leafs thought and announcers thought it was on them. (Watching TSN) They thought it was soft and ill timed.

    5. (Sens) Two great chances that weren’t covered by Anderson were blown dead while the puck was in the crease.

    6. (Sens) Puck is shot and deflects out of play off Bobby Ryan. They keep the faceoff in the Bruins’ zone when it should be in the neutral zone.

    7. (Sens) Stalberg dove, pure and simple. He leaped when he felt McQuaid’s stick, if you know how to skate that doesn’t cause you to fall, let alone a pro athlete that skates for a living.

    Sorry thats so long, But I am so mad and so hungry that I had to get that out…

    The London Bear
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    No need to apologise. It does you good to get these things off your chest, and I don’t think you’ll find anyone round here that disagrees with any of that.

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    Well, I ate and I feel a bit more sane and rational. I can really brush off a bad call, bad calls happen, its when so many happen at once that I get so bothered. I thought to my self how many instances did the refs make a mistake that cost the Bruins? I said “I can rattle seven off the top of the dome right now”. Thats pretty bad, I just had to write them out to get myself some closure.

    carvinbass18
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    it was pretty objective too in terms of explaining the call. Really the only one that had some subjectivity was the Stalberg one. But it is frustrating 100%. You still have to win those games and blaming the officiating is an excuse, but it’s annoying when officiating gets in the way.

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    True enough, like I said, I won’t take anything from the Ontario teams but I felt pretty ripped off

    The London Bear
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    Really the only one that had some subjectivity was the Stalberg one

    It was pretty blatant. I don’t think even many Sens fans would argue that.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I had a dive in game 2 last night. The player that touched diver with his stick threw his hands in the air and looked around like “I didn’t do nothin'”, but i was too busy laughing my ass off at the diver!

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    Diving drives me insane. However, nothing made me more angry than Bergeron getting a matching minor instead of a 5 min PP. I thought it should have at least been a 2 min PP but matching is a ballon full of bullshit

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    agreed. And it wasnt just against the bruins..the missed high stick call on boston in the toronto game..and i know they were letting them play…but theres no way you let a player crosscheck Pasta 3 times to the head and just tell them to get off the ice and cool off.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    Didn’t see the high stick but recall Jack & Brick discussing it. Jack was initially calling for an embellishment since it had to either by that or a high-stick. Had to be called one way or the other.

    He saw the replays and admitted it was a missed call in favor of Boston. One thing I respect about Jack is he admits when he is wrong. Few in his industry will do that.

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    See?! There are even things I didn’t notice on my already too long list!

    I did miss the high stick too, I guess, but I would trade that to get back the bogus interference call.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Yeah, i think the most annoying thing to me was that as bad as the reffing was…what made it so bad was that the calls were made at the VERY SIGNIFIGANT momentum changing points in the game.

    When Bergy went into the boards you know and felt like the team was going to surge and come at toronto with a rush of energy…and instead refs gave a 4 on 4 letting one of the better open ice teams have an advantage when they should have been put on a disadvantage.

    Then the soft call at the end of the game when you let them make borderline play all day and with 3 mins left give the advantage to a team to pretty much give them the game knowing the other team will only have one min to try to tie it after.

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    They let so many things go in the 3rd period before the softest of interference calls was made. Before Moore get into the box, the TSN announcers were explain why the Leaf was going to the box on the replays. Then they were surprised to hear the call as much as I and the Leafs were. Inconsistent is an understatement. I can accept it if they were calling an extremely tight game all night but they certainly weren’t they were being incompetent all night.

    Haha, listen to me moan and whine.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    wassnt there a missed too many man also that i completely forgot about or was that a previous game?

    phonymahoney
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    Leafs I think?

    muffinman3
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    muffinman3

    On who?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    thats the question…i cant remember which game it was…it was either toronto or oilers on the other team and it was like super blantant too.

    The BOB
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    The BOB

    I recall Jack complaining about a fairly obvious non-call late in the game, something like 8 guys on the ice, but I think that was against the Flames

    phonymahoney
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    Maybe that’s who it was.

    The London Bear
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    Two minutes each? How did the knee hold up?

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