Re: How can that not be a penalty?
posted at 6/23/2013 10:05 AM EDT
In response to stevegm's comment:
Surprised the B's didn't make more out of it though. A certain amount of whining is good. Referees do in fact listen. They are human. Those that whine the right way...get make up calls sometime down the road.
Big difference between missing something, vs ignoring it. No doubt in my mind, they saw it, knew it was an obvious penalty, but ignored it, only because it was a tight game, and it was late in the 3rd. No way that doesn't get called in the 1st or 2nd. The justice culture in the NHL, is a complete embarassement alongside the rest of the pro sport world.
Having said that, it probably didn't change the outcome. It "wasn't" why the B's lost. Rather, simply another screaming example of a hopelessly outdated, bushleague, ill-informed, mindless, refereeing mentality that starts with the league hierarchy, and is filtered down to ice level. This one isn't a result of the refs, but the accepted culture. Time for the game to grow up.
Would the consistancy of calls from the Regular Season and the Plaoffs result in an entertaining style of hockey? I think it would, but my gues is the NHL doesn't think so. It was clear from the Toronto series that they were going to let a lot more go, and it seemed to work out pretty well. By far and large I think they have been fair in letting both sides get away with a lot, so it is balanced. Fewer whistles.
In the Regular Season, sometimes the calls come so often that they take away from the flow of the game. When it comes to playoffs, the intensity gets ratched up a few more notches, so I guess they see the need to slow down the parade to the Box. I think it's BS, but as long as they are consistant, I will live wih it.
I thought the Seidenburg call was boarderline. It was a tough check, that to me, seemed like the ones they let go. But for most part in the Series, it's been balanced.
Now the last one was a penalty in any one's books. It would have made a very interesting ending, they didn't so we have to move on.