There’s simply no way to look at the Muzzin check on Cleary and see anything dirty or illegal. It wasn’t a high hit. There was no head contact. He just hit his visor on the glass and cut himself. And the Penner check on Smith? Could have called interference. Didn’t. So what? Those kinds of calls happen or don’t happen ten times every game. It’s a judgment call. The refs don’t see everything. And there are plenty of examples of refs sucking. That just doesn’t seem like a glaring example of it.
Babcock and Cleary know this. They’re just rallying the troops. Hey, whatever it takes. But the Detroit press (etc.) are hysterical, literally. Not hilarious. Hysterical. “Blindside hit.” “Could have blinded.” I think they (the press, not the team) might be buckling under the pressure of realizing the Wings aren’t as good as they used to be.
Personally, I think they’re plenty good. But the writers seem to be looking for a scandal. (And, yeah, since Datsyuk was offsides on his pivotal goal in the first game against the Kings, I don’t think they’re in a position to complain.)