*and by old time, I mean pre-lockout clutch, grab, hold, trap bring snoozefest bullshit. I can't believe I wasted 2 & 1/2 hours watching a hugging match. That was shameless trap hockey. I know the Avs had 6 powerplays (and all 6 looked pathetic, which is the reason the Avs lost) but it should have been about 15-9 (plus there should have been a penalty shot for Havlat knocking the net off).

It's a good thing this one was on VS tonight so that no one could see it.

This might sound like sour grapes, and I'll be honest here; I noticed the Wild interference and clutching and grabbing a lot more than the Avs, well because I have burgundy colored glasses and I tend to notice opponents rule-breaking more than the Avs, but that was one of the worst games I've seen in a while. For that game that I just watched to have 0 interference penalties is a god-damned travesty. I noticed two blatent ones by Brunette, a takedown with the puck no where around, and the aforementioned knocking of the net off the moorings.

The Avs were nearly as guilty of this as the Wild were tonight, because let's face it. It had to be blatent for the refs to call it tonight. It's not that the avs didn't have their chances, or that the refs didn't call it consistently, they did. It's that the referee's allowed both teams to play the game in the neutral zone and interfere with anyone trying to make an attack.

Brutal, simply brutal game to watch from a fans perspective. Homer Simpson represents what it was like watching this game tonight: