More is probably going to be written about the Raffi Torres hit than the fact that the Vancouver Canucks are poised to sweep the Stanley Cup Champions out of the playoffs in the first round. The NHL can’t blame anyone except themselves if hockey again takes a backseat to arguments about the rules. My reading of the rulebook says that the hit was legal despite the fact that Seabrook was hit in the head. Mirtle pretty much nails it with this quote from Daniel Sedin:
“What’s wrong, what’s right? We don’t know, you don’t know and I don’t know if the refs know.”
That’s the problem. I don’t think the league’s decision in this case – whatever they decide – will offer any clarity.
Update: No suspension. Go figure.
1) Not surprisingly, the Hawks had their best game of the series so far. The Canucks had a fairly typical road game. They were not dominant, but Luongo was great and the team eventually found a way to win. Even though the Hawks played better they could not sustain any pressure – or score – except on the power play.
2) Even with their season on the line, the Hawks could not find enough urgency to really compete after the Canucks finally took the lead. They looked like a beaten team.
3) Jonathan Toews:
“Everyone wants to look at the stats all year and talk about what [the Canucks] do well and how good of a team they are. That’s whats frustrating. We’re not exposing them for what they really are. I think a lot of people outside this locker room are giving them too much credit. Maybe we are as well. We know that we can be a better team and we just haven’t shown it yet. A lot of people … are giving them too much credit and maybe we are as well.”
Huh? What – besides a really good team – are the Canucks, really? Does this mean Toews thinks the Hawks have taken the Canucks too lightly? What can Chicago expose besides excellent goaltending, an outstanding defense, and forwards that – the Sedins excepted – skate like the wind and come at you in waves?
Toews is whistling past a graveyard.
4) Chicago may scrape together enough to extend the series on Tuesday night, but I’ll be surprised to see it. They are a beaten team and they look like a beaten team.