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Chris Pronger snaps his stick on a shot against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
 

Chris Pronger snaps his stick on a shot against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Photograph by: Jim McIsaac, Getty

This week's topic: What's most annoying?



What has annoyed you so far in the playoffs?



I can list five: 1. Watching the same commericals over and over. 2. The sign guy in Philadelphia. 3. The fact that Pat Hickey's car was vandalized. 4. Maxim Lapierre's dramatic poses. 5. Fire Bob Cole facebook pages.



Other than the Habs miracle run (which grates on this Leaf lifer), the worst part of the playoffs has been the return of the clutch and grab. The left wing lock has returned at times and this produces boring play. That combined with the truly inconsistent calls made by the officials equals frustration. Make-up calls have no place in tight, one-goal games.



I agree with my Leaf friend, shockingly. It does appear to be a completely different game in the playoffs than the regular season - a lot of interference calls in the regular season have gone the way of the dodo bird or the Red Wings. But a more physical style has definitely benefitted the Flyers, so I won't complain too much. At the same time, it would be nice going into a game to know definitively what a hook or hold is, so players don't have to learn through penalties what's going to be called and what isn't.



Afternoon games! In my neck of the woods, it happened to be rainy all-day Saturday. So the start-time for Game 4, between the Habs and Flyers, was simply annoying. If I had been forced to sacrifice a gorgeous day, I might have thrown my own little riot to protest Hockey Afternoon in Canada. Think of the folks out west. People in San Jose will watch their team at lunch time on Sunday.



What's annoying me the most are arrogant superstars who think they deserve to win just by stepping on the ice. Cups are won by the team that works hard.



 
 
 
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Chris Pronger snaps his stick on a shot against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
 

Chris Pronger snaps his stick on a shot against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Photograph by: Jim McIsaac, Getty

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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