... Brian Campbell is the one who says this:
“I thought (Kronwall) jumped. I thought Marty didn’t have the puck. I thought his forearm came up high. I thought it was gutless all around,’’ Campbell said. “He’s done it hundreds of times in the league and it seems like nothing ever happens. ... These guys gotta pay for it, guys that are taking shots to the head. It’s unacceptable, and it’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened with that guy.”
Apparently Campbell didn't see the handiwork from Nathan at Kukla's Korner.
Turns out there wasn't as much time to talk about Game 3 as was previously imagined. I was going to bypass the Kronwall discussion until Campbell said that.
Some people are claiming that NHL rules stipulate it doesn't matter how close the puck is to the player -- if he doesn't touch it, it's interference. So like, hypothetically, if the puck takes a slightly different angle off the boards (I'm talking a variance of maybe a couple degrees), and hits him in the skate, and THEN he has his life wrecked ......... what the fuck are we even talking about? You mean to tell me that the same people who can't tell a hold from a cock in their mouths can judge the difference between a clean hit and a five minute major/game misconduct? And this difference is maybe an inch? The thought of an inch separating a clean hit with no penalty and a major penalty is a joke (I understand what the rule is -- agreeing with it is a different story). This was a panic call, plain and simple. Havlat's lifeless corpse was weighing on the officials' minds, and they didn't want a total war to break out, which they assumed would've happened had Kronwall stayed in the game.
Campbell is essentially doing what some fans are doing by saying "his arm came up", "he jumped", etc: They're using his past indiscretions to explain away any chance that he's innocent in this case. "Hundreds of times" Brian? That doesn't sound a little excessive to you? He did it a few times in the playoffs last year and people called him out on it. Shit, I'm acknowledging it right now -- he has left his feet and brought up the arm more than a couple of times.
But to imply that it's a weekly occurrence is ignorant. He went the first four months of the season practically invisible compared to the physicality he showed in the '08 playoffs. Unless my blinding homerism has washed away memories of a similar instance, I don't recall anything close to last night's hit happening this year, although I could be wrong.
Still, calling it "gutless" is even more ignorant. That's a heavy word to throw out there. He's gutless because he didn't do the honorable thing and let Havlat collect himself and walk out of the zone untouched? Havlat had a fucking death wish coming out with his head down like that. I hope he'll be alright in the long run but his douche teammates are draining any sympathy from me at the current moment.
And Brian? There's no way that you can say Kronwall "jumped" into his check anymore than you did three years ago.
Both were awesome hits.
Not directly looking ahead, but kind of inferring a possibility here:
Tyler: "Damn, 6-2 Pens ..... Malkin with two more goals and an assist. Crosby with his 14th goal."
Brent: "Oh, fuck."
Abdelkader will take the place of Drapes, who has an ingrown beard hair. Datsyuk is a maybe for right now. Although we are still about 12 hours from the opening faceoff. I have to get this thing up early because I'm going to work in the morning). (MacLeod)
Babcock also said that Pavel Datsyuk's status will be decided tomorrow. Datsyuk injured his foot blocking a shot in Game 2 and missed Game 3. The Red Wings practiced today, however, as though they're not expecting Datsyuk to return. Valtteri Filppula centered Datsyuk's line.
Plus Babcock said that Abdelkader is in the lineup and will play his natural position, center. If he was planning on having Datsyuk, Abdelkader wouldn't be playing center tomorrow.
"Khabi is doing better today," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "We’ll see how he presents tomorrow. He’s made good progress. Marty as well."
If Havlat cannot play, Colin Fraser will dress for Chicago.
My guess? Neither Khabi nor Havlat will play. Huet is talking like he's expecting to play: "Really my test is going to be tomorrow."
The Wings tinkered with their lines a bit, switching Cleary and Hudler.
Leino-Abdelkader-Maltby (Meech practiced at forward)
* Datsyuk's done for the series.
* Marian Hossa will have a humongous game.
* Huet won't quite be Garth Snow in the '97 Finals, but he'll give up a couple of goals that he shouldn't have.
* Red Wings 6-3 Blackhawks. Of all the "Pointless Prediction" segments we've done, this one is the closest to simple "wishful thinking" rather than what the gut is saying. I'd just really, really like to see an inspired effort today.
I don't know. I thought it would help.