I’m Done With The NHL

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Calgary Flames hosted the Anaheim Ducks in game 3, 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So far the Flames have disappointed the fans with two loses in Anaheim. But I don’t think many of us were surprised. The lack of wins in Anaheim over the past few seasons have added up and I don’t think any of us were shocked at the first two loses.

Our playoffs started last night. In Calgary. And it didn’t seem to help our situation. Or maybe it was something bigger that was controlling the outcome.

That was the worst case of officiating I’ve seen in the post-season. And I’m not about to hide my true feelings about the game.

The Flames should have won that game in regulation with a score of 4-3. But they didn’t because the NHL refs had a hell of a time sidelining our chances with an awful call on a goal that was a blatant high-stick. Even ex-NHLers were dazed and confused over that call that shouldn’t have been.

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If it weren’t for that horrendous call against the Flames and the momentum shift that ensued, Calgary would have easily won that game. But the NHL seems to have put a massive hurdle in front of the Flames that they just can’t scale. The refs are the NHL’s only line of defense against them and the NHL is using it to their advantage.

The Anaheim Ducks tried so hard to get into the heads of the Flames last night but it wasn’t working. The Calgary team played a disciplined, organized, forceful game of hockey and they were up 1-0, 2-0, and finally ended the first period with a score of 2-1. By the end of the second frame, the score doubled and the Flames were up 4-2. This was a sure-win for the home team.

Until it wasn’t.

At the beginning of the third period, the Ducks scored with an obvious high-stick that had all of us saying, “yeah, this review will finally go our way – there’s no way you can call that a goal.”

Until they called it a goal.

The Flames lost all momentum, even though they finished playing the game with their heads held high, and the Ducks came back to win in OT by a score of 5-4. If it wasn’t for that ridiculous goal call, the Flames would have won that game and all would be well. But I’ve seen this play out too many times over the last few years and I’m tired of the bullshit.

Thank you, NHL, for showing me how easily you can manipulate a game and put your bias on display. I’m tired of the bullshit, bush-league calls and the favouritism. I won’t be investing my money or my time in your league any longer because your agenda is so unconcealed against the only team I care to watch. They work hard year after year and you keep pushing them down off their rightful place in the league. They deserve their wins and you don’t seem to allow them that by sending in your striped goons. They deserve better than that.

Flames, do me a solid and prove to this league that you’re not what they are forcing you to be. Show everyone that you can overcome the bias and bad calls. Make this Flames Girl proud to have cheeered for you all these years. I will always be a Flames fan and I will watch the games if I get the chance, but I’m giving up my seats. I no longer can give my money to a league that obviously doesn’t want you to win. I’m proud of this team for overcoming the obstacles and keeping their minds right in the face of adversity. I’m proud to have supported the team since 1988. And I’m proud to call myself a Flames fan.

But I am no longer a fan of the NHL.

JC In Calgary summed up my feelings perfectly after the game last night.

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I’m done.

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