ANAHEIM CA - DECEMBER 01: George Parros #16 of the Anaheim Ducks smiles after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period at the Honda Center on December 1 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Carlyle noted his displeasure with the officiating last night, both for what became the game-deciding penalty, as well as the lack of a call on Douglas Murray for what may ultimately be an injurious play on Lubomir Visnovsky.
Despite his opinions on the wheel of justice last night, Carlyle did not resort to frontier justice, leaving Parros on the bench until the Sharks put the game out of reach with an empty netter. Daniel, do you think Carlyle made the right decision keeping Parros out of the mix, or do you think he should have put the mustache-shaped Bat Signal out there sooner?
I think Carlyle made a huge mistake not getting Parros on the ice sooner. The Ducks were grossly outhit the whole game. The Sharks used physical play to get back into the game and turn the tide. After the game was tied, Parros should have dropped the gloves to get the team back into it and let San Jose know that cheap shots wouldn't be tolerated. But no message came.
I'm not going to say that Douglas Murray's hit was dirty. It was certainly a cheap shot. He got Lubo late. Lubo was clearly going down and, if he was concerned for his safety, Murray could have simply let him go into the boards and followed the play. He chose to fall on him. My initial reaction in the game thread was that Murray should be suspended. That was a poor reaction. Hayward was right. Murray breached etiquette by taking a cheap run at a skill guy, and it should now be considered open season on Sharks skill players.
I'm also convinced that when this game gets crazy next Wednesday night at the Ponda Center, it will be entirely Carlyle's fault. He should have sent out Parros, and he should have made someone answer for Murray's cheap shot. It would have energized a team that seemed to lose a little spirit when they saw their top offensive defenseman go down. It was a bad call by Carlyle to not answer the bell, and, worst of all, it was completely contradictory to the identity the team has developed under his watch.
I definitely see the argument that in a playoff race (supposedly playing playoff hockey), the finger on the trigger of frontier justice isn't quite as itchy. But it should have been in this game. You can't rely on the refs when a team is trying to use the physical game to regain the edge. And, just generally, you can't rely on the refs if you're the Anaheim Ducks.
Carlyle is now talking about being ready for Wednesday. He's got the Bat Signal up before that game even starts. And that game was really the only reason Parros saw any action last night.
And I agree that the decision to let the game get out of hand, or at least keep it in the hand of the refs, is against the identity Carlyle once set out for his team, an identity that once muscled the Sharks out of the playoffs and arguably created the monster that surged back into the game last night. For a team that did most of its in-season shopping in the sandpaper section of the hardware store, last night is just the kind of game that shouldn't happen. This shouldn't be a team saying they'll 'be ready for them next time.'