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How do an officiating crew who are allegedly amongst the best the NHL has to offer manage to miss six skaters and a goalie on the ice for 21 seconds?

I mean, the one point about 5 minutes into the third period when the Penguins had SEVEN skaters and a goalie, at least two of those guys were close to the bench and making an active effort to get off- still, they were seven on five for a touch over a second.

But TWENTY-ONE SECONDS? That's egregiously bad.

While we're on the subject of bad, why is Samuelsson still in the lineup? He looks as if he's squeezing the stick too tightly, and was brutally bad for the third game in a row- passing when he should shoot and shooting when he should pass. If Draper's back able to go again, he'd seem to be an improvement everywhere except at the point on the second powerplay unit.
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That counts as three thousand words, right?

OK, open discussion time now.
The NHL rulebook calls for an automatic suspension for any player penalized for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of the game. Malkin got five for fighting, a ten minute misconduct and the instigator minor for going after Zetterberg. Does Colin Campbell cave to Gary Bettman and rescind the suspension because Bettman so far in the Penguins' pocket that suspending Malkin would be in his eyes not in the best interest of the game, or does Malkin watch the next game from the press box?
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3-1 Wings win, Game 2 Sunday at The Joe.
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For the first time in a quarter-century, the Finals showcase a repeat performance from the previous season. The defending champion Red Wings will match up against the Penguins starting tomorrow at the Joe.
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Dan Cleary scores his second of the game against Chicago Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.



Chris Osgood makes the glove save as the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in the Western Conference Final opener.
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