The second goal that Holmstrom scored the PPG to make it 3-2 Devils was BS too. He slashes and backs into Brodeur and no goaltending interference. The guy does this for a living, was called for the very same penalty in the 1st, yet he keeps on doing it and the refs let it play on and it almost costed the Devils this game. Brodeur actually flipped out on the ref over Holmstrom interferring with him in the crease. Glad someone knocked Holmstrom's helmet off on that play too. Someone should have knocked his lights out too. man do we miss Clarkson for this game as he would have done something about Holmstrom in that crease. Actually the 1st two goals Brodeur was interfered with especially the second goal by Holmstrom was just a joke. The Elias penalty was the icing on the cake. Bad calls and bad non calls in this game for sure.
Indeed. Before the lock-out when defensemen could play defense, Holmstrom was useless. D-men used to be able to clear the crease by beating his ass, he never used to stand in the crease like he does now.
But now that this new NHL penalizes defense, forwards get away with liberties that make the game a joke. Goalies are getting run and interfered with and no penalty on the forward. Forwards can also x-check D-men and leave their feet while chasing a dump-in and mash the D-men against the glass, no call. The trapezoid enables Forwards so much liberties it's sickening.
IN the old NHL players like Crosby,Malkin and AO would not nearly be as effective as they are now, they'd be clobbered by good D-men.
Lidstrom's embellishment with Elias was embarrasing, Lid's should have gotten an unsportsman like call for diving.