I'm stunned, folks. No, I'm not stunned about the loss, getting shut out by the Phoenix fucking Coyotes, or even that ridiculous save by Brent Johnson, I'm stunned with the shenanigans that the Coyotes, specifically Ed Jovanovski, got away with.
Eric Godard was sitting up in the press box, most likely with a ridiculous suit, so he was in no way able to handle what was going on on the ice. What was going on, you ask? Ed Jovanovski running around being a douche is what. Despite high hits, face washes, and sticks where they aren't supposed to be, Jovanovski was able to do it subtlety enough that he only received one minor. Jovanovski basically punched Evgeni Malkin in the back of the head...two...three...one hundred times, before the ref's arm finally went up. This followed an incredibly high hit to Evgeni Malkin's face by Jovanovski that left the Penguin bench screaming for a penalty that never came.
Where was the redemption? Where was Mike Rupp or Jay McKee since Eric Godard was in the press box enjoying pretzels or maybe some club sandwiches? No where to be found, at all. Leaving Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Dan Bylsma to provide these faces:
Malkin appears to be stabbing something with his stick, Disco Dan appears to be giving the stink eye to someone (perhaps the Penguins offense? WOOOO!), and Jordan Staal...well...Jordan Staal seems to be contemplating how, as a zombie, he found himself so lucky to be handed 17K plus people with delicious brains to eat.
I know what everyone is thinking right now too, "But tGB! Rupp or McKee or anyone would have had to take an extra two in order to fight Jovanovski!" I suppose you're right, that WOULD happen if Rupp or McKee fought Jovanovski, but does it really matter in the end? The Penguins had eleven minors in the game against Phoenix, so really, what is twelve? Perhaps though, they were just practicing for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight? Take penalties for no reason, good idea. Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet so crap like that doesn't happen to Malkin and crap like this doesn't happen to Sidney Crosby:
Help me, Eric Godard, you're my only hope...