You know? I don’t even want to talk about it.
It was a perfectly normal game. The Stars played pretty well, and even got a shorthanded goal. Then they lost. In the last 30 seconds of the game.
The officiating was atrocious. They gave Brenden Morrow a penalty in the last minute of the game because that bleeping Todd Bertuzzi ran into him and then flung himself to the ice. They gave the Ducks a 4-minute high-sticking penalty for Norstrom’s high-stick on Ribeiro. They declined to call penalties at one end, then called them for the same exact thing at the other end.
They called Brenden Morrow for diving when he lunged for the puck! That’s how awful it was!
I’ve spent a lot of energy I shouldn’t have wasted hating Chris Pronger recently. And I’ve loathed the Ducks for a while now because of him and Niedermayer and Getzlaf and Perry and the whole un-retirement drama of two of their players. But I keep forgetting that even with all that, they also have the reprehensible Todd Bertuzzi on their team.
Maybe I’ll take a break from recapping games until they win one. It’s too upsetting. I wasn’t even that mad at the Stars this time. But if they don’t win any more games, the question of whether they’ll be home or away in the first round will be the least of their problems.