Jim Houghson and Craig Simpson are huge Canucks homers. That's what they're paid to do. Everyone accepts it and its all okay. But tonight during game six, Simpson floated the idea that the Canucks should run over Tim Thomas. It starts off a bit subtle, but by the end the message is perfectly clear.
This is totally inexcusable for announcers to recommend. Even though we all know these guys are going to be biased, suggesting that the Canucks "bump" or "accidentally on purpose" hit Thomas to knock him off his game in game 7 is ridiculous. Just tonight we saw Mason Raymond go down with a fluke injury. Nathan Horton is done for the series with a severe concussion. Advocating this kind of play is reckless and irresponsible.
There's a right way to go about creating traffic. Get bodies to the net; throw pucks on net and generate rebounds. But to say the point is to create contact with the goalie is disgraceful.