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Wednesday Links - Derpy Officials & Dinner Parties

The Blues lose 1-1 (Yep) and can mostly blame it on the officials for once and not be conspiracy theorists. But all the other proper dignitaries lost. Oh, and other things, like dinner parties and convoluted playoff races.

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As you can see, Graham Skilliter was looking right at the play. Oh wait.
As you can see, Graham Skilliter was looking right at the play. Oh wait.
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Yikes, NHL. Great look.

Yeah, BluesMay was supposed to do the links today . . . but she said she didn't want to. I don't blame her, after that shit-mess of a game last night. She'll be back Friday, so you get me today and tomorrow.

BLUES NEWS:

  • The official scoresheet says the Blues lost to the Jets 1-0, but really, the Blues lost 1-1 to the Jets because officials Graham Skilliter, Steve Kozari, Shane Heyer and Ryan Galloway thought they did such a great job they gave themselves a goal and told the Blues to go fuck themselves. Anyway, Justin has a more sane recap than I have just given. [SLGT]
  • Greg Wyshynski goes over whether Paul Stastny was totally boned on the called-back goal because of the slash of Tyler Myers' stick. He doesn't give a definitive answer, but I can tell you mine, and it basically comes down to this: if that's a slash, Tyler Myers has weak hands. [Puck Daddy]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk got a ten-minute misconduct following the game for doing this. And I say GOOD FOR YOU, Kevin. [Twitter / @DennisMinner]
  • Ben Lloyd is talking first round. [SLGT FanPosts]
  • Meanwhile, down on the farm, the Chicago Wolves continue their hot run of play and inched closer to earning what, not too long ago, seemed an unlikely playoff berth by destroying the Lake Erie Monsters 7-3. Jeremy Welsh and Joel Edmundson each notched two goals and three points. [The AHL]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Nine games last night. The officials presumably showed up in the other eight. Oh, and thank you very kindly to the Wild(s), Avalanche(s), Flames and Oilers! [NHL.com 04/07/15]
  • Three games tonight. Those hot, hot Wednesday Night Rivalry games for the last week! Ugh. [NHL.com 04/08/15]
  • BluesMay accidentally missed linking this one yesterday. Shit happens. Anyway . . . Bob McKenzie did a straw poll of 20 coaches to see what their feelings are regarding some post-season awards. The results were . . . rather fascinating. (S/T to CrossCheckRaise) [TSN]
  • The Flames and Jets, if each gets one win out of their last two, would combine to knock the Kings out of the playoffs no matter WHAT they do the rest of the way. The Canucks and Wild(s) officially punched their playoff tickets. Full standings. [NHL.com]
  • Apparently it wasn't enough for the parents of Jack Johnson to fuck him out of all his money. It is reported that Johnson also got bilked out of millions in a Ponzi scheme that involved former NFL cornerback Will Allen. [Puck Daddy]
  • Our old pal Jaroslav Halak gave up a terri-bad goal in Philly yesterday. Sad Jaro Water. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • A miraculous comeback by the Senators to defeat the Penguins 4-3 in overtime saved their season . . . for the time being. [SB Nation]
  • The Rangers beat the Devils last night, and in doing so, they've nabbed the President's Trophy. Good, take it. [USA Today]
  • Goaltending is the key to this weekend's Frozen Four, writes Ryan Lambert in his weekly NCAA Hockey 101 column. [Puck Daddy]
  • A Finnish goaltending prospect has now scored two goals in two weeks. Yes, he has more goals this season than Chris Porter. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]

OTHER SHIT:

  • They finally put porta-potties in at Wrigley Field to deal with their much-ballyhooed construction toilet overload . . . in time for last night's Cubs-Cardinals game to be postponed. Whoops. [Deadspin]
  • All the best to the families of the seven people who perished in the plane crash near Bloomington-Normal early yesterday morning. Notable among those who died: Illinois State associate head basketball coach Torrey Ward. [Chicago Tribune]
  • A man largely considered a modern genius of advertising, Stan Freberg, passed away yesterday. He was 88. [NPR / The Two-Way]
  • Burger King told a couple of Mr. Burger and Ms. King that they will be paying for their wedding, taking place near my old stompin' grounds. D'awwwwwwwwww. [State Journal-Register]

VIDEOS:

FIRST! Continuing with BluesMay's That Mitchell and Webb Look theme from yesterday . . . a couple skits illustrating how difficult it is to plan a dinner party:

Yeesh.

Then, a possible preview of the Conference III tiebreaker scenarios. (S/T to I_AM_SPARTACUS):

Baseketball is such a great movie.

Send me links, videos and other shit for tomorrow:

And, we should have Episode #81 of Beyond Checkerdome up later today.