Well, once again, I have drunk enough tequila to write a blog complaining about the NHL's inability to locate competent on ice officials to run it's games.
This past week, two game deciding goals were scored on plays that should have been blown dead by one of the four on-ice officials.
The first was San Jose vs Detroit. The Sharks scored a goal that clearly hit the safety net, bounced back into play, and was popped into the net by Devin Setoguchi.
Then, last night, the Sabres scored a goal on a four on four, where they had five men on the ice. Derek Roy jumped early, went in on a breakway, and scored on Marty Biron.
NHL supervisor of officials, Stephen Walkom told TSN, "In that play last night, nobody said anything about too many men. Even if you could roll back the clock for when you have those situations, you're still not going to get to the absolute correct call."
The problem is, Versus showed on a replay that the Sabres had an extra skater on the ice for 9 full seconds.
Both cases are inexcusable.
However, a larger issue remains. Game to game...Hell, shift to shift consistency. The NHL has two refs calling each game. Far too often one ref is calling everything under the sun, while the other doesn't raise his arm unless his armpit is itchy.
Two referees are supposed to improve the quality of the the game's officiation and make sure that penalties and such do not get missed. The problem is, the NHL does not employ enough good officials to have two good refs working each and every NHL game.
It's not just younger, less experienced refs. It's veterans like Dave Jackson and Mick McGeough. The NHL needs to do a far better job of grading it's on-ice officials and removing those that blow too many calls, act like arrogant clowns and simply don't understand the importance of proper positioning.
If that means a return to one referee, so be it. The NHL had one ref on the ice for 80+ years. It worked pretty well for most of that time.