Avalanche vs. Red Wings Series Getting Nasty

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  1. Prior to this series Detroit and Colorado had never met in the playoffs and given they old meet a couple of times a year in the regular season there was no established rivalry or even bad blood that GM Niece was aware of. Apparently the Av’s don’t know that.

    Each game in this series has been bitterly contested with lots of hitting and even more penalties. The Wings were one of the least penalized teams in the regular season and even in the first round the Wings only found themselves shorthanded just over three times per game on average against the Ducks in the first round. Four games into this series and the Wings are finding themselves shorthanded nearly 5 times per game as they’ve been goated into reacting to some questionable hits by the Avalanche.

    In the past two games those questionable hits and numerous hooking violations have inevitably resulted in numerous injuries to Detroit. In game three Mike Knuble had beaten Mike Komisarek to the outside and was about to break away when Komisarek hooked Knuble from behind sending him tumbling awkwardly into the boards and injuring his elbow.

    Game four was even nastier as Travis Green took an elbow to the head from Nick Boyton and lay prone on the ice for several minutes before being taken to hospital for a possible concussion. No penalty was called on the play.

    Minutes later Phillip Boucher hit Jozef Stumpel from behind in the corner. Boucher had clearly left his feet in making the hit and was ejected from the game. The travesty is is that Stumpel will now miss 1-2 weeks while the league did not suspend Boucher on this hit that was clearly intended to injure.

    The Avalanche defence corps has been playing a dirty game all series and Wings management has spoken to league officiating about it in hopes of stoppng this before someones career is ended.

    In four games Colorado’s blueline alone has been called for 14 penalties including 4 double minors, 2 majors, and a game misconduct.

    The Wings will now limp into the Pepsi centre for game 5 with Stumpel out and Shanahan, Knuble, and Green all badly banged up.
     
  2. Ohio Jones

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  3. Ville Isopaa

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    In a short interview, Colorado GM Isopää didn't have much to say about the accusations of Detroit management.

    "Why would we be trying to injure their players? Just because someone has a glass jaw or is a clumsy skater doesn't mean that our players would be to blaim. Maybe the Red Wings could take notes of how to practise skating in the offseason? Maybe they should wear a cage-helmet like juniorplayers? Maybe they should play instead of ***** about their own mistakes. Maybe if the Red Wings would concentrate on playing hockey instead of diving and faking injuries, they would be better off."


    To prove his point about the diving, Mr Isopää had this to say,

    "In the series against Calgary, we took a total of 14 penalties in 6 games. No Flames were injured in that series. The game we play is the same now. So why are the penalties up and the wings getting injured? Maybe they are figure skaters or scuba divers? If so, what are they doing in the HFNHL?"


    And as to there not being a rivalry between the Avs and Wings, Mr Isopää had this to say.

    "May I remind everybody, that while Colorado has been out of the playoffs for a few years, we used to be a powerhouse for years and the last time we made the playoffs in 2003, we lost to Detroit in the first round, game 7, double overtime, on a goal that the replays have shown should have been disallowed due to a Red Wings player clearly being inside the crease. While the goal was allowed at the time, it has later been reviewed several times by different hockey exprets around the world and the unanimous opinion is that the goal shouldn't have counted. While Marc Denis and Lubomir Visnovsky are the only Avs remaining from that team, the rivalry lives on and it has not been forgotten."


    Could it be that the injury to Josef Stumpel was retaliation for him stealing the Selke trophy in 2000-01 from then Avs player Peter Forsberg? GM Isopää had only this to say,

    "I can't really comment on that, but Peter is still a guy that most of us will see as a part of the Avalanche family and there must have been some mistakes in the vote counting for Stumpel to win that award."
     
  4. I totally forgot about that series. Nick bemoans losing to me in the 2nd round of the playoffs that same year so much that it's almost like that was the only series ;)

    As for the Wings being fragile and imagining the dirty hits ... "Mr Isopaa can try and muddy the issue with misinformation all he wants. I'll just point the media to the game sheets and video tape for the facts."
     
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    The hits have all been clean. We have nothing to hide.
     
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    I think I'll keep the Dallas Stars perspective on this one out of it...:sarcasm:
     

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