I also think the refs are told not to call anything
by Big Dan
The officiating took a nosedive as soon as the games got important.
They didn't want to call a penalty - were they afraid to in case they were wrong OR was it mandated by the NHL?
I hate the "let the players play" mentality. That just favors the teams like the Bruins who clutched and grabbed and got away with murder (that being said, I loved that they won - I've always been a Bruins fan). Remember Marchand punching Sedin 5 times or Thomas taking Sedin out?
After the 1st round, the quality of most of the playoff games sucked. If they want the skilled players to dazzle the fans rather than be eliminated in the 1st round, they need to call the penalties. Let's not go back to calling the chintzy ones. Just BE CONSISTENT and follow the rulebook.
I understand maybe they're a little inexperienced and they're human and will miss stuff. I don't mind the mistakes (like say Torres on Hossa, they didn't see it because it happened behind their back).
It's when they see a blatant penalty - like Stoll'***** from behind - and don't call it for some god forsaken reason. It just makes everybody look bad.
Posted on Jun 13, 2012, 4:11 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206