Hockeybird.com says that Lou Lamoriello being on the board of governors has and will unduly influence the referrees against the Rangers in the playoffs.
This kind of comedy is clearly what happens when you whip ’em out and the ruler gives you bad results. You have to lower expectations and place the blame somewhere.
Even if it’s true, it’s just karma. As Marty pointed out in the Post this morning:
“Every single goal we scored, [Wayne] Gretzky asked the referee to review it, check it out upstairs. I don’t remember how many goals were disallowed that year,” Brodeur said.
“It was unbelievable. One of the referees picked up Wayne’s stick on the ice and gave it to him. I said, we’ve gotta get one of these guys.”
That’s the only thing I remembered that series for. I forgot all about Mr. Upstanding Hockey Messier’s dirty hit on Doug Gilmour. (Of course he wasn’t suspended — imagine if Bobby Holik had knocked Messier or Gretzky out? He’d be playing for beer in Ireland like Theo Fleury.)
That series’s obvious manipulation left such a deep impression on me that I seriously considered abandoning hockey as a sport after Brett Hull’s no-goal won Dallas (another NHL/ESPN favorite team, like the Rangers) the South’s first Stanley Cup (thereby vindicating Bettman’s expansion).
The difference this time is that the media promotes Jagr, but they don’t love him. They think he’s a whiny bitch. Once they had an out with Thornton, they stopped pushing him for MVP. Jagr’s no Gretzky, and he’s no Messier. That’s the only thing the Devils have going for them this time around.