or yooooohoooooooooooo, where the hell was my team tonight? Sheeesh, trully thery played like crap and deserved to lose, so I got not problems.
I got some problems with the refs, though, and valks hit from behind on hasek. Interference with the ref? What a joke! Even the guys on CBC were stunned speechless, after neal comes out with, well, dont matter whther your a defensemen, forward or Goatender, that was a boarding major....excuse me? two minutes? This from the goof who disallowed the gratton goal the last game? BS. Thats was crap, just like the penalty tally at the end of the game. Six power plays in a row, sheeet, we should have been slaughtered, hell, any other team, we would have!!!
As for tucker and ray, Bletch. I think this guy has it about right.
"Time for Tucker to take a breath and relax a little"
By MIKE ULMER -- Toronto Sun
Darcy Tucker is out of control and it is time the NHL set him straight.
Last night, the Maple Leafs' pint-sized agitator snapped in the third period when
Buffalo Sabres tough guy Rob Ray found the right words to send Tucker into
After trading punches with Ray, Tucker grabbed his stick and tried to race down
the corridor to get at Ray. Tucker was assessed a fighting major and a 10-minute
misconduct. It took intercession from noted pacifists Tie Domi and Shayne Corson
to keep Tucker from meeting Ray in the corridor.
It was a scary incident.
Heaven knows how much sushi and mineral water would have been spilled in the
labyrinth of private suites had the two managed to get together.
Don't think for a moment NHL minister of justice Colin Campbell hasn't grown tired
of Tucker's antics.
He knows Tucker chronically carps about officiating. He knows Tucker has a tongue
that makes Madonna sound like Anne of Green Gables.
There is a question of image at play here. If lip-reading was mandatory in Ontario
schools, your kid would be asking you this morning to 'pass the f------- Corn Flakes.'
Leafs coach/general manager Pat Quinn said Tucker's actions were justified.
It was that bad?
"The worst," Quinn said.
Worse than calling him a reporter.
"Yes," Quinn said. "Worse."
Now, were I a Toronto Maple Leaf, I would appreciate the passion Tucker regularly
brings to the rink. He was terrific last night in Toronto's 2-0 victory and Corson, his
brother-in-law and sidekick, bagged the winner on a scrum orchestrated by Tucker.
Since Tucker's acquisition from Tampa last February for Mike Johnson -- and try not
to laugh out loud when you ponder that exchange -- Tucker has provided jam,
speed and the occasional goal.
But beside Tucker, Domi is a Zen master. Domi has nowhere near the skill but a
heck of a lot more smarts. Domi does not lose control. He makes other people lose
control. Then he beats them senseless.
There are two words you never want attached to your name when you make your
living as an NHL instigator.
Those words are Matthew Barnaby.
There have been moments, and last night's third-period fracas was one, where
Tucker was as big a pain in the butt to his teammates as to his opponents. Just like
On Jan. 10, in the dying seconds of a loss to Tampa, Tucker claimed someone spit
at him in a skirmish at the Lightning bench. Nothing came of it. Now, Ray has said
something dastardly that prompted Tucker to go postal.
To hear the Leafs tell it, Ray broached some kind of code.
"Trash talking like that has no part in this game," Corson said after the contest.
Tucker meanwhile, was uncontrite and said that he would even matters with Ray in
his own good time.
Here's the deal -- and I cannot believe I am writing these words -- but Rob Ray is
"They are always non-stop yapping," Ray said. "Things are said out there all the
time and they're going to get it back. Any time you play an intense game, there's a
lot of shots."
If he was down to his last role of tape, Tucker would use it to wrap his tongue, not
his stick. Keep your parakeet up all night drinking espresso and he will still chirp less
than Darcy Tucker.
There is a line here between passion and irresponsible behaviour and if Tucker does
not find it, Colin Campbell should.
Do the guy a favour, Colin. Sit him for a game and tell him next time, you get
Tell him the truth, Colin. Tell Darcy Tucker he doesn't get to complain about
trash-talking by Rob Ray or by anyone else.