So he decided to go through the entire game, play by play, and illustrate what calles were missed, what were good calls, and what were good non-calls.
The whole article including the e-mails is here
But I thought I'd posst Fraser's analysis right here. Despite all of the complaining by Sens fans, he points out that it was actually the Bruins that got the shortend of the stick.
9:50 Good non-call; Brad Marchand (Bos) breaks in on goal and is pursued by an Ottawa defenceman. Marchand toe-picks and falls but complains he was fouled. Contact did not cause Marchand to fall.
9:51 Minor penalty instead of penalty shot; Sergei Gonchar (Ott) is assessed a hooking minor for taking down Marchand after receiving a quick breakaway pass. Gonchar hooks from a position behind Marchand and a penalty shot could easily have been awarded instead of a minor. (Chara scores on PP)
12:58 *Missed Call; Ott Gonchar strikes and takes down David Krejci (Bos) with a hard slash to the legs. Referee Martell turning/avoiding player contact in the corner near the play. Back ref, O'Rouke does not impose himself as back referee to make the call against Ottawa from a long distance away.
17:30 Good non-call; Joe Corvo (Bos) steps up and delivers a hard, clean, open-ice body check on Kyle Turris (Ott) at the centre red line. Ref O'Rourke looked on and correctly ruled no penalty on the play.
8:41 *Missed Call; Milan Lucic (Bos) steps up late and boards Eric Condra inside the blue line. The puck was being battled for up the wall and referee O'Rouke was focused on the puck action and would not have seen the hit delivered by Lucic from his obstructed view. Back referee responsibility. **This was the only infraction in the game that I would have called against Boston. This one was missed!
15:37 *Non call/Missed call; Nick Foligno (Ott) does a wide cut path with skates and trips Peverley. Could have very easily been deemed a trip - referee O'Rouke viewed the play from close proximity and chose otherwise. No penalty to Ottawa assessed.
5:20 Good non call; Sergei Gonchar (Ott) clamps on stick of Milan Lucis (Bos) in the corner and in clear view of referee O'Rourke. Gonchar does a 'catch and release' of the stick. Referee O'Rouke does not overreact and correctly allows play to continue without assessing a holding the stick penalty to Gonchar.
7:56 Diving Non Call on Chris Neil (Ott); Shortly after Dennis Seidenberg scored the 4th and ultimate game-winning goal with a centre ice slapshot, Ottawa attempted to draw a power play. Chris Kelly delivered a light, short cross-check shove to the upper arm of Chris Neil as the two players converged at center ice. Neil threw himself to the ice in an obvious embellishment attempt to draw a penalty. This is likely a case where the scrutiny referee O'Rourke might be enduring from the Karlsson diving report resulted in a non-call to Chris Neil. Given the pressure any referee would feel following a highly publicized incident, he would not look to provoke or draw further attention by making a call of this nature; warranted or otherwise. If referee O'Rourke held bias or contempt for the Ottawa Senators, this was a call he could step up and make ultimately rubbing salt in a fresh wound. That is not the case, folks!
12:50 Non call on Ottawa; Nick Foligno stabs at the puck and gets mostly the leg of Adam McQuaid (Bos) but a little puck. Referee O'Rourke was close by and deemed it not to be a penalty to the Ottawa player, likely given the fact that some contact with the puck was made.
17:12 Tripping Penalty to Ottawa: Nick Foligno used his active stick to take a bad penalty deep in the attacking zone when he pushed the leg of Rich Peverley while he was turning with the puck. The leg pressure caused Peverley to trip and fall. Even though Foligno complained, this was a penalty.
19:56 Aggressive Cross-Check Penalty; Jason Spezza let his frustration get the better of him and delivered a hard cross-check to the back of Johnny Boychuk. Obvious penalty but one that counts in the stats as number of penalties assessed to the Ottawa Senators.
In the final review of the officiating in this game, there is just one Bruins penalty that went uncalled/undetected (Lucic boarding). On the other side of the tally sheet, I observed five plays committed by the Ottawa players that could very well have been deemed penalties to support your theory of bias. (Gonchar slash, Foligno skate trip, Gonchar stick hold, Neil dive, Foligno trip on McQuaid). There were several good non-calls in this game for both sides where the referees utilized good judgment and did not overreact.
In answer to your questions as to how one team (Ottawa) could receive multiple penalty calls against while the Bruins were not deemed guilty of any, I offer you the same answer I gave to coach Bob Hartley one night in Colorado. Hartley informed me that his Colorado Avalanche had just taken their 5th penalty in a row while the other team had none. I responded to Bob that while math was never my best subject, if they were to commit the next infraction, it would make number 6.
I have had games where one team received all the penalties and their opponents none. Referees do not act as accountants to balance the books. It is not their job to make sure each team receives an equal number of penalties by the end of the game.
This conspiracy theory has gotten way out of hand. Mistakes are made in a game and they most often result from a deficient sight line when ruling on a play, just like the penalty shot that was called in error against Chris Phillips. Please believe me when I tell you they are honest mistakes. Each official takes his responsibility to uphold the integrity of the game very seriously.
Please swear at me but don't call me (or my former colleagues) "cheaters" (biased) or "gutless." There is no place for either in a striped jersey.
In this case, your perception is not in touch with reality.