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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Bad Officiating?

I don't know if it's me but since the beginning of the season; referees are on the hot seat. There are many calls regarding slashing, high sticking and interference, especially in one on one situation, which are not called. Forseberg was furious, last night, and so were the B's Thursday when Chara became a bloody mess. There's a wind through the league about the poor officiating this year. Any thoughts?


Blogger Matt said...

I agree, I have no been to thrilled with the officiating this season, but saying that, being a referee isn't the easiest job in the world and they are bound to make mistakes.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we dint got lucky with the calls so far specially late in the games' rigth there that could made a diference in the habs and de buffalos games

4:12 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

McTavish was fined 10,000$ for his yesterday's remarks againt the officiating. The referee,himself, admit that he blown the call. I know it's a tough job but if you ask players to be professionnal; the referees have to be either...

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad it's not just me. I noticed it from the first game of the season. Last year they called everything, and at least that was consistent. But this year it seems like they are picking and choosing more what they call or don't call. I don't think it's just mistakes. There's something else going on.

How many times did we hear last season when a stick ended up in someone's chest, "they'll call that every time?" Yet this year I have seen not only blatant sticks in the chest, but actual interference not being called. Anybody else notice how many fewer 5 on 3's there are this year? I think it's because they just aren't calling the second penalty all the time.

I just don't get it. Is this the new, new NHL? This is scandal in the making if they don't clean it up soon. I'd like to see more consistent calls!


5:00 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

I agree Greg and the other thing, apart the 5 on 3 reduction, is some calls like the slash on Axelsson or the high stick on Chara who are not called because the referees " didn't see it ". I mean, i understand that the game is fast but why the NHL want two referees if those guys are missing that kind of infractions? The NHL said that two referees will be good because one will call penalties on the play and the other one will call "BEHIND the play" infractions. It's not happening, right now.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"is some calls like the slash on Axelsson or the high stick on Chara who are not called because the referees " didn't see it "."

In the old days they would have let the next penalty to the Bruins go after seeing Chara's face. Hell, in the some past seasons they wouldn't have called anything in the last few minutes, no matter what. At least that would have been fair. But now, we seem to have a hybrid of last year and the old days, where in theory they must call everyting, yet they don't always do it. It seems like the worst of both worlds in some ways.

6:50 PM  

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