Please let's get real here people, nothing but a storybook ending; exactly what is needed for the public. Boston Strong is a great story to follow to make some cash, and to try to bring the nation back to normality. Right after the event all police got free tickets to the Boston games, hmm says much?! That's their job isn't it? I don't get extra benefits when I barely meet a deadline?! Think of every series and how Boston had an amazing story...Now look game 7 in the final oh noo! The only person I'm mad at is myself for not betting a couple grand on Boston before the playoffs, anyone could have predicted this. Pathetic. Why ruin a sport for money and PR? I have a lot of sympathy for the Boston victims but rigging a sport is not necessary.
The refs (and Bettman) have the final say in who they want to advance. Seems kind of odd that the last five teams standing have all won the Cup in the last 5 years? Players that consistently take dives still are not being called and imaginary calls still take the forefront of any game.
Look at last years playoffs...
Phoenix, a team that struggled through the regular season, and was owned by the league "surprisingly" plowed their way through the playoffs, earning millions in revenue for the NHL and making them an attractive asset for someone to buy...Until someone did purchase the team and very quickly they made their exit in five games...
If you look a each and every series in those playoffs the team that was in the greatest financial difficulty, or the team that was the larger television market, or both (or the team that was owned by the league...) won the series...In a television contract renegotiation year...
Just look at the 98 Red Wings take a dive that would embarrass most professional wrestlers. And look at how many series go either 6 or 7 games... All of them have. And if you watched the 98 Wings, at what should have been an easy 4 game sweep, they suddenly completely shut down and didn't even skate!
Anyone stupid enough to buy this, see the Bruins - Blackhawks game 4, 2013 playoffs. Unexpectedly Blackhawks score a few goals, one being short handed - then the refs step in. Doing drops over and over until the Bruins win them, sending multiple Blackhawks players to the penalty box after a scrap where the Bruins behaved the worst, calling penalties the minute after the Hawks score again while letting the Bruins do whatever they like - refs taking complete control until the score is just how they want it.
Blatant non-calls allow Boston to utilize their game plan- hammer the crap out of the opposition, score a goal- and win 1-0.... It's funny how in October it's called charging and in June it's called finishing your check. Also roughing in October is called battling for position in June...The continuous charging, slashing, obstruction, spearing, slew footing calls that occur a few feet from the ref are not called.
NHL has the refs "steer" the 2 teams they want to go to the finals.
Bombings in Boston, and the bruins make a super team heroic run, miraculously come back against Toronto to win it in 7 games, T.O where there its sold out every game, why would they ever want toronto to advance in the playoffs again? Let alone win a cup ? Didnt the NHL sign a huge Deal with NBC?
What would it profit NBC to have 2 Canadian teams in the finals? Guaran-darn-teed NBC wouldn't let that slide.
Canada doesn't need the sport of Hockey marketed as they do down south.
Boson Bruins set to win the Stanley cup playoffs 2013, i wouldn't be surprised if they win things in 6 games, on home ice, or push things to game 7 ,with a dramatic ending, overcoming so much, dedicating their win to the fans of Boston. There is NO WAY that they are going to leave the millions and billions of dollars to be made business subject to chance. All about the numbers . Ratings.. Profit etc.....
Sympathy much. But yea we all see how the patriots won in 2001 and 2003 to spread the " patriotism" . This time boston gets bombed and magically "comeback" against the maple leafs alot of suspect calls that game seven. Alot of suspect calls. Like i believe sports and the real world should be separated not combined " BOSTON STRONG " should not be their teams slogan now
They already have it fixed for Boston. Non-calls and bad calls in semi-finals and in finals so far. Raask is not THAT good, never has been. Jagr is slow. Boston wins=a heck of a lot more $ for the city that was just "terrorized" and more $ for all the networks involved. Its kind of funny that their fans can exploit what they call a triumph, when in fact it was a systemic failure, but if non-Bruins fans even so much as mention it, they're anti-American. Its all about the Benjamins, y'all.
Final scores are erratic, teams nose-dive on calls and every game seems to be going into overtime. To some degree, all major sporting events are fixed for profit... There's no way a multi-billion dollar industry would rely on chance these days.. But they could probably make it a lot less obvious.
Whoever says any sports playoffs are fixed are just jealous about the fact that their team didn't make it in. Why would an NFL playoff tournament be fixed? What does anyone have to gain by that? Absolutely nothing. It is what it is, fans need to accept it and that's all.
If you've spent any time around hockey or hockey players you'd know that even if somebody was seriously making a push to rig the playoffs it wouldn't happen, these guys are too proud. They care about this cup too much. Look back to the Bruins Canucks final of 2011 and Stamkos getting his nose exploded by taking a slapshot off it, he was back on the ice in a couple of minutes. These guys would not stand for rigging a sport that is so dear to them.
There is no reason to believe that the playoffs are fixed in the NHL. From what I've seen, they seem to be fair for all teams. Even though I am a San Jose Sharks fan, and they lose in the playoffs every year, I still do not have reason to believe that they are fixed.
Who has the implication that the NHL can be rigged? What benefits do they get by "fixing" the playoffs? Also, lots of big markets miss out on the playoffs every year, like Montreal last year and Philadelphia this year. If it was fixed for money then those teams would always make it and pretty sure a professional hockey team wouldn't keep Canada from winning the cup for nearly 20 years if it were fixed. It doesn't make any sense to suggest that it's fixed.
NHL playoffs are not predetermined in anyway shape or form. However, what can happen, and what I think sometimes does happen is that a referee can maybe favor one team over another and call some poor penalties against the other team during the series. Sometimes a very annoying thing referee's will do is, if he makes a call but the coach whines and complains and yells enough at the referee, the referee usually will call a "soft" penalty against the other team to make up for the "bad" call he made earlier to make people happy.
Why on Earth would the NHL actually rig the playoffs? Compared to other major sports, hockey gets the least amount of viewership, so why would the NHL actually bother to do something like that? And how would the NHL pull off such a feat? What, tell each goalie before the game to give up a certain number of goals. Anyone that thinks the playoffs are rigged are either 1.) Upset that their team isn't in the playoffs or was knocked out of the playoffs or 2.) Still upset about a previous year. It just isn't possible or even logical.
The money teams spend to get a chance to win the coveted prize in their sport is proof it can't be fixed. Or no one would spend that much money, or players would not play there. This is not World Wrestling. These are real athletes competing for the ultimate prize with humans making the calls. Humans make mistakes, but could never manipulate a game and pull the wool over millions of peoples eyes at once. Fact is most games are won on momentum which means one team is in the others head. The best team with the best players can be beat any day by a another team who believes in themselves. But the key word is Team. How many upsets have there been in the world of sports because of this? And if you bet on sports your better off playing the lottery.
If the NHL playoffs were fixed, Boston wouldn't have swept Pittsburgh. The NHL, the analysts from every network/newspaper/blog thought Crosby would be handed the cup - including Crosby. The disappointment in their voices when calling the games was clearly evident.
Also, take into consideration the Toronto series with Boston - the ice was a mess at times because it was so hot out. The puck was taking crazy bounces that nobody could control - including the mighty NHL. There was no real way of doing anything about that except hope your team was the one that got lucky as the game went on.
People need to accept that TEAMS win games, series, cups. Not individual guys. It's a team sport, and the best team wins, the best heart wins, the hungriest team wins. Get over your bellyaching, back your team if you're a true fan and hope for a better season next year.
I do not think NHL playoff games are fixed. History shows that there have been times when a lower seed has made a deep run in the playoffs and has even won the stanley cup. Last years playoffs are a good example. The Phoenix Coyotes made it to the western conference finals and were the first team to beat the LA Kings in the playoffs.
Do you think someone like Gary Bettman cares about the Boston Bombings relating to the NHL? Bettman only cares about cold, hard cash. If the NHL playoffs were staged, you'd see two big cities facing each other in the finals every year, wouldn't you? You'd also see the Leafs winning a few cups... If the NHL playoffs were staged, then the Leafs would not have lost to the Bruins in the playoffs.
2010: Chicago vs Philadelphia... (Philadelphia is not that large)
2011: Boston vs Vancouver... (Bettman would prefer that no Canadian team, with an exception of Toronto, ever make the finals.)
2012: LA vs New Jersey (Yeah, cause New Jersey is humongous!)
2013: Chicago vs Boston (Boston is not that large either)
2014: LA vs NY Rangers (Ok, two largest cities, but this is just one year!)
2015: Chicago vs Tampa Bay (Ok, if this were staged, then the NHL wouldn't put the Stanley Cup Finals in Florida, would they?)
2016: Pittsburgh vs San Jose (Hey look, the Stanley Cup finals are in California... Yeah, is this not obvious yet?)
The NHL is not staging the playoffs. This is an absurd claim and I can't believe most of you believe it.