bhaw wrote:Great win. Team played solid.
I don't get the criticism of Neal. The penalty on Karlsson wasn't a penalty... at all... ESPECIALLY in the playoffs. You could watch a replay and find 50+ things more deserving of a call that never got one. The 2nd might have been silly, but the Sen interfered with Neal. Ottawa got a charity call there too b/c Neal is entitled to his line on the ice. The Senator can't set a pick on him. I found nothing wrong with those plays from Neal's side other than maybe the 2nd he could have just went around, but in game 1, up by 3, I'm fine with him basically showing that he's there to go through you, not around you.
To put it in perspective, whoever tripped Dupuis into the boards on some incidental contact was just as, if not more, worthy of a call. None was made.
The interference on Neal is the correct call. It's not a pick play if the Senator player is standing there, so long as he doesn't go out of his way to set the pick, he's allowed to stand on his area of the ice. If Neal tries to go around him, and he takes a stride to stop Neal - that is a pick and is interference.