Next time you have a super competitive game without penalties on National TV, tell the referees to keep their whistles away at both ends of the ice. It was really nice to watch the game and I cannot believe still that a penalty for tripping was called on Timonen for diving at the puck and knocking a player down in front of his own net. Then a call is made for a player diving at and hitting the puck before the skates. Finally, when Hartnell has the puck in the crease and an empty net, Chara is allowed to tackle him linebacker-style without a call. What a crappy series of calls made by a referee that lives in Boston? That doesn’t look too weird does it? Also what was the timeout in the game to play Sweet Caroline? I didn’t know that teams can take 3 minute timeouts to pump up the crowd? Oh by the way Overtime is to be played 4 on 4. That means that when the home team breaks out with 3 forwards and 2 defensemen still on the ice, they have too many men on the ice. During the last rush up ice, the Bruins CLEARLY had too many men on the ice.
Nice job ruining the effort of all players on the ice, just to make the home-town crowd happy. I guess when you charge the ridiculous amounts for ticket prices, you better let the home team have extra chances to win. The referees took the efforts of both goalies and threw them away by making such crazy calls. Up until the last 4:30 of the game, the players were allowed to hit, clear the crease, and play the puck along the wall.
A fan that will not support upcoming Winter Classic events.
Tim Thomas and Michael Leighton both played spectacular hockey all afternoon, too bad that the men in stripes felt the itch to start calling dumb penalties. The Flyers forwards played great and generated many chances with great looks, but Thomas played out of his mind. If he would have played hockey instead of attacking Hartnell (a-la Slapshot) the game would have been 0-0 going to the end. The Flyers forwards dominated the game and exposed Boston badly all over the rink.