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Duchene: There’s a lot of obstruction not getting called

Feb 16, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

Canada forward Sidney Crosby battles against Finland defenseman Ossi Vaananen in the third period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AP

The Canadians drew just a single penalty in their 2-1 overtime victory against Finland on Sunday and they don’t seem happy about it.

“You saw two penalties tonight (including one against Canada). There’s a ton of obstruction. It’s not getting called. I guess that’s the nature of it,” Duchene remarked to the Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk.

He wasn’t the only Canadian venting after the game.

“Obviously it seemed like the whistles were put away for the most part,” John Tavares told PHT’s Jason Brough.

This has become a recurring theme for Canada, as the team has only received five power-play opportunities in three games.

“It can be frustrating, especially when sometimes you got a step on a guy,” Tavares added. “Sometimes they’re letting a little more go, but that’s the way it is, just like in other sports. Sometimes there’s a little more leeway, and it seemed that way tonight.”

Canada’s power play is one of its strengths and the lack of penalties is particularly problematic when playing against teams that intend to put an emphasis on defensive play as Finland did in the hopes of counteracting Canada’s skilled forwards. Switzerland will almost surely do the same against the 2010 gold medalists in the quarterfinals if they beat Latvia.

Canada’s forwards have had difficulty gaining any traction in this tournament and only three of them have even found the back of the net. If not for the team’s defense, which has not only taken care of business in the Canadians’ own end, but has also been scoring the majority of the team’s goals, they would be in a very different position right now.

It’s worth adding that, while fingers were pointed at the referees, the Canadians aren’t fans of the international ice either.

“This is why the NHL should never go to a big ice, it’ll take the scoring out of the game,” Duchene said, according to the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

  1. isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I thought the same thing

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Duchene complaining to Stephen Whyno… Kind of ironic.

  3. 19to77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    “‘This is why the NHL should never go to a big ice, it’ll take the scoring out of the game,’ Duchene said.”

    Really? The Americans don’t seem to be sharing these struggles.

    And as for penalties, they’re fine ones to complain. The refs ignored the Benn crosscheck and Crosby’s hook. Benn got crosschecked in return and both should have been called, but if the Canadians want to beak about there not being enough calls, they’ll probably find themselves on the penalty kill as much as the power play. They’re getting away with as many non-calls as anybody.

    • avscup - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Tavares’ slash in OT right before the winner was wicked and would have been called in any league but not here. Canada should be very careful what they wish for (whine about).

  4. westof1club - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    The Finns play physical against Crosby, he dives to draw a penalty. I guess playing with the best Canadians isn’t enough to win in his mind. Overhyped, overrated, and protected by hockey’s governing bodies worldwide.

    • c9castine - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      that wasn’t a dive that was nervousness. that dude was trying to get a one up on crosby because its crosby and he hit him way too early.

      you cant come up with a single reason why he is overhyped and overrated. those words as as truthful as me telling everybody your a unicorn.

  5. dan46778 - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Whine whine typical Canadian

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Don’t shoot me on your way to shooting up a school

      K, Thanks

      • loydchristmas90 - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        I find your comment disturbing, it clearly reflects your ignorance. The things people will say for attention is astounding to me.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Congrats on ceding the high ground to the OP. Which is saying something, given what he said.

  6. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Stop crying canada.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Arn’t most of these game fairly high scoring despite great goalies and defensemen playing?

  8. flyerspsu - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I prefer the ‘let them play’ method by the refs like it was before the lockout

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Dear God no. I don’t believe more goals means more excitement, but the Dead Puck style of play makes baseball look exciting.

      The Western Conference playoffs in 2012–where they suddenly stopped calling obstruction–made me want to claw my eyes out from the quarterfinals on.

      To repeat, so you can’t put words in my mouth, my favorite types of games are the 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 where it’s end-to-end without resorting to clogging up the middle.

  9. jr507 - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I miss the days when real men would actually fight through the traffic. Lindros, Forsberg, Jagr, Sakic all managed to put up big points during the hook and grab era.

    Now you can’t use salty language near Queen Sidney. At least Doughty came to play so we can keep the USA-Canada grudge match dream alive.

    • c9castine - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      different times. coaching and goaltending are way beyond what they were 15-20 years ago and before that. i think anyway. crosby took plenty of unpenalized abuse, you can’t hit guys 15 feet away from the puck though.

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