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Blues shouldn't hang their heads

Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:57 am
Edited on: April 22, 2009 2:06 am
 

When the sting of being the first team eliminated from these playoffs wears off in the coming days and weeks, the St. Louis Blues should realize they actually have a lot to be proud of.

And even more to look forward to.

The Blues will figure that out. And then they'll understand that getting swept by a very good Vancouver Canucks team doesn't diminish what they have accomplished. This has been nothing less than a transformational season for the Blues, one that has put them on a fast track for the future and reconnected them with a deep rooted fan base.

That's a major step forward for a team that wasn't supposed to be anywhere near here. The Blues organization has been in a downward spiral for much of the decade and began this season still in rebuilding mode, looking to give its fine collection of recently drafted talent the opportunity to develop without the pressure of expectations. It was a modest plan, but it became more challenging than anticipated because St. Louis was hit with several long term injuries to key personnel.

The impact was as debilitating as one might expect and St. Louis found itself last in the West as late as Feb. 19. But youngsters like David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund seemed to mature overnight in the face of adversity and a vote of confidence from upstairs at the trade deadline, and with Chris Mason becoming a revelation in goal, they spearheaded a team that refused to quit.

And the Blues refused to quit even when they were pushed to the wall in this series by the Canucks. St. Louis didn't have much going for it against a very good defensive opponent, struggling throughout the series on the the power and generally failing to create much dangerous offense at even strength. But the Blues still managed to find something within themselves after the Canucks took a 2-0 lead in Game 4, coming back to force overtime.

Ultimately, St. Louis couldn't solve Vancouver's great goalie Roberto Luongo, who shut down St. Louis long enough to give Alex Burrows the opportunity to win it as the first extra session would down. It wasn't the way the Blues wanted to go out, but they will be back.

Elsewhere tonight, the excitement didn't last long in Columbus where the Blue Jackets were playing their first home playoff game ever and were probably hoping it would help them convince the growing number of doubters that they really deserve to be here. Don't count on it.

Columbus was badly overmatched in the first two games of the series at Detroit when they scored only one goal and never made the Red Wings feel they were anything less than in complete control. But being in their own building wasn't enough to change the tenor of things, because teh Red Wings established the ground rules early and Columbus was never able to really figure them out.

The Red Wings had Columbus on its heels as soon as Tomas Holmstrom scored on a lucky bounce 67 seconds in, and then took away whatever fight was left in the home team when Dan Cleary made it 2-0 in the final minute of the first period. In between, Detroit had little trouble shutting down the feeble Blue Jackets attack with their tenacious checking, and on the few occasions when Columbus managed to create chances, Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood showed why his teammates have the faith in him that others lack. Osgood did have his shutout streak snapped at 144 plus minutes when R.J. Umberger scored late in the third, but by then the game was effectively over and probably the series as well.

Philadelphia got closer to the end of its road by dropping a 3-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins and falling behind by the same margin in their series. The Flyers threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the Penguins by firing 46 shots and probably deserved a better fate, but Pittsburgh goalie Marc Andre Fleury rebounded from a mediocre Game 3 to steal this one.

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur felt he was robbed by the referees who didn't think Carolina's Jussi Jokinen deserved an interference penalty in the dying seconds of regulation because the Hurricanes forward tipped in a shot for the winning goal on the play. And you thought they only had buzzer beaters in basketball in the Triangle area. But it was a major break for the Hurricanes, who blew an early three goal lead, yet still managed to tie this series at two games each.

The San Jose Sharks have yet to dreaw even with the Ducks in their matchup, but the proved how little home ice advantage means in this series with a gritty 4-3 win in Anaheim. San Jose failed to hold three leads, but the Sharks did finally get their power play going, connecting twice with the man advantage to reduce the Duck lead to 2-1 in a series that has seen the road team win all the games.

 

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 4:55 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

LOL, you gotta love it...they go to Toronto and the 15 bean-heads go with the "Ref in his mind thought the play was over" call....LOL unfreaking real and I THOUGHT I sent the house payment, therefore it should not show as a late payment or better yet , i felt myself send the payment in the future so the bank should count it as paid from the day I in my MIND had planned to pay it.....ya ya ya....Im going to try that one. 




Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

wierd the refs are making such a big impact on hte plaoff so far. the goal didnt count because the ref thought the play was over?? thats just wrong. 




Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 6:37 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

I was NOT RULED the whistle been blown - it ruled that the ref IN HIS MIND felt the play was dead before he had BLOWN the whistle and ultimately BLOWN the call. 




Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 5:16 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

It would have been ruled a goal based on whether or not the puck crossed the line (it was clearly in the net) but it was ruled that the whistle had blown the play dead. Tough break for St-Louis.




Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:47 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

While I am NOT a Blues fan - I agree this was a joke and the goal clearly shoudl have counted - As far as when the wistle blew, In the NFL the wistle DOES NOT indicate when a play ended (if someone downs the ball on a kickoff there is no wistle) However in HOCKEY and the NBA the WISTLE IS THE ONLY THING THAT ENDS A PLAY (well other than the obvious goals, pucks out of play, shattered glass..etc..) Even when the goal come off its post, the players still play till the wistle blows.

STL - This is why Bettman needs to be fired - what a joke of a call. 

----> I finaly got it under the right post - I suck ,------------- 




Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:45 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

 

While I am NOT a Blues fan - I agree this was a joke and the goal clearly shoudl have counted - As far as when the wistle blew, In the NFL the wistle DOES NOT indicate when a play ended (if someone downs the ball on a kickoff there is no wistle) However in HOCKEY and the NBA the WISTLE IS THE ONLY THING THAT ENDS A PLAY (well other than the obvious goals, pucks out of play, shattered glass..etc..) Even when the goal come off its post, the players still play till the wistle blows.

STL - This is why Bettman needs to be fired - what a joke of a call. Yell




Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:45 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

While I am NOT a Blues fan - I agree this was a joke and the goal clearly shoudl have counted - As far as when the wistle blew, In the NFL the wistle DOES NOT indicate when a play ended (if someone downs the ball on a kickoff there is no wistle) However in HOCKEY and the NBA the WISTLE IS THE ONLY THING THAT ENDS A PLAY (well other than the obvious goals, pucks out of play, shattered glass..etc..) Even when the goal come off its post, the players still play till the wistle blows.

STL - This is why Bettman needs to be fired - what a joke of a call. 




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:21 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

 No the whistle was not blown before the puck crossed the line.  That was the issue.  Here's a quote from the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"After the game, an NHL supervisor of officials, Bob Hall, explained the ruling: "There was no interpretation," Hall said. "Once he loses sight of the puck and he's deemed the play dead … even before the whistle is actually blown, if in his mind the play is over, the play is over."

This is the biggest joke of a rule I have ever heard.  If the ref had blown the whistle or deemed the play dead, why did they review the call?  There would be no point in it.  I was always taught in sports to play until you hear the whistle.  Not, play until you think the ref had deemed the play dead.  A bull---t call that cost the Blues a game. Not saying that they would have gone on to win the series, but you never know.

 




Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2009 12:19 pm
 

Blues shouldn't hang their heads

The whistle was blown on the ice, before the puck went over the line. This in all sports, ends the play. I agree with anybody, that can see, that the puck did cross the line fully, but it doesn't matter if the referee has clearly indicated that the play was blown dead.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2009 10:50 am
 

Why go to Toronto?

 Does anyone else find it absurd that the goal that was disallowed, then reviewed by the self proclaimed hockey experts in Toronto, was not over turned?  I'm sure they have better technology than me but I could clearly see that it was about a half a puck fully over the line using my slow motion option on my receiver.  That was with no doubt a goal and would have put the Blues up 3-2.  I am dissapointed that these clowns in Toronto could not get it right and am just waiting for the NHL to deliver an apology.  What is the point of having instant replay experts if you aren't going to use it properly?  They need to let the Ref have a tv look at it since he knows first hand exactly why the goal was in question.  I don't think the Blues would have had a chance in this series, I was actually cheering for Vancouver, but I hate seeing teams get screwed like this.



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