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Detroit benefits from questionable call, for once

Mar 8, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

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I am so tired of the NHL doing it’s best to ensure the Detroit Red
Wings keep winning. It’s almost a certainty at this point that Gary
Bettman and the NHL officials are doing everything in their power to
keep the winningest NHL franchise in the past 20 years on top, keeping
every other team down along the way. Right?

Wait, that’s not it is it? It’s the other way around, right? “The NHL
is holding the Red Wings back; it’s a conspiracy that starts at the
very top.”

I don’t know about any sort of conspiracy and frankly I don’t
understand why the NHL would even consider trying to hold back such an
insanely well-run and successful sports franchise. I do believe the Red
Wings have been the bearers of some bad luck call recently, but when you
have Tomas Holmstrom on your team there’s bound to be some controversy
surrounding plays that happen around the crease.

Yesterday, the Red Wings were actually the benificiaries of
questionable call that disallowed a goal, when Patrick Kane appeared to
have scored on the power play to put the Blackhawks up 3-0. Yet the goal
was called back, when it was ruled that Dustin Byfuglien had interfered
with Jimmy Howard. The biggest tell to me on the play was the fact that
Howard didn’t even react to the “interference”, which is usually
automatic when a goaltender feels he was wronged and then a goal was
scored.

“You look back on that and it was a turning point,” coach Mike
Babcock said. “I talked (to the officials), because they bumped our
goalie and got the goal called back and no penalty. We bump their goalie
(Tomas Holmstrom) and we get a penalty. I guess we have to clarify that
first.”

It was certainly a turning point in the game, as the Red Wings were
able to overcome the 2-0 deficit, score five second period goals on
route to a thrilling 5-4 win. The good news is that the Chicago players
aren’t using that one play as an excuse.

“Against a team like Detroit, we put it on cruise and we
paid for it really quickly,” forward Kris Versteeg said. “I don’t think
we played our game anymore (in the second). It was almost like we
started to let up. We needed to play the whole game like we played the
first (period).”

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