...I've read alot of complaints on all teams in the playoffs so far.
...Really the only series have serious second round involvement in has been the Flyers/Habs and I can say that there has been some pretty one sided officiating. Montreal has had almost twice as many power plays. Am I to belive that while we were in the lead we were taking careless penalties all game...no I don't think so. I have heard arguments that it only works out to be an extra 2.5 minutes a game of PP time for Montreal. That doesn't seem like a lot but when you consider that Montreal had the number one power play in the elague this season and that Philly's PK isn't exactly the best, it makes a big difference. Not to mention the time it takes away from our attack.
But enough about that series.
In general, I have seen alot of bad calls made, alot of one sided games...a lot of goals called that shouldn't have been goals. If it's not a goal yuo have to reverse it, I know it might hurt the refs pride or something but just do it. All I can say is that there must be some serious boozing going on in the war room. That or they have a dart board one side says "goal" the other "no goal" and they just throw it blindfolded. Or perhaps both are going on. Either way there is no consistency between their what is a goal and what is a no-goal/goalie interference call. What exactly are the guidelines here because I'm not picking up on any kind of consistency.
Which brings me to my final point...
The Pittsburgh Penguins. Let me begin by saying that going into the playoffs the New York Rangers were my least favorite team. I wanted to see them out first round (especially after the Avery rule). They advanced. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh was busy sweeping Ottawa and "drawing penalties". Now, hear me out. I had some serious ties to the city from living there for a while, but watching the cheap play of the team this year was just a disgrace. I have no respect for a team that teaches diving as if it were a skill. That is not "drawing a penalty". Drawing a penalty is when your SKILL and SPEED cause a defensman or forward to find a way to slow you down by taking a penalty.
I have seen Pittsburgh go flying from a tap on the skates. I have seen players be ripped in an immitation of figure skating by a slight tap hook to the waist. I have seen players fall the the ice feigning complete agony at the slightest tap. I have seen a player skate into another players leg or stick and the player on the recieving end of that hit get called for "tripping". Do you see this sh*t in any other series besides on the Pens are involved in. It's a pathetic display of unsportsmanlike conduct that is continually rewarded.
George Laraque who is a well known dirty player recieved a minor fine this season after boarding Downie the same play for which our players were suspended for lengthy time periods. As if that were Laraque's first infraction. I have seen Gonchar butt-end Hartnell in the face with the end of his stick, and no call despite the fact that the refs were looking and hartnell was bleeding profusely. I have seen Ruutuu knee Briere when he caught him behind the play. I use these examples because I don't get to watch regular season games other than the Flyers.
The playoffs have been no different. The huge media uproar that was Therrien b*tching that Renney was looking for referee sympathy. No jack*ss he was asking taht your players FINALLY be called for the stuff they'd done all season. He was asking taht his team have a chance to actually try to beat the Pens. No such luck. What has it been ONE "diving" call all series I believe? I've seen more dives in this series then we will see in the August Olympics.
And last night's Malkin slew-foot on Mara was over the line. IT IS THE FIRST GAME IN THE PLAYOFFS YOU HAVE LOST, PENS!!! NO CHEAP SHOTS NECESSARY!
It is getting ridiculous. The missed calls are making a comedy out of the whole series. I mean a penalty shot last night from a check? Feel free to leave a comment explanation of this because it just baffles me.
I'm not saying that you can blames loses on the refs. That's not where I'm going with this. I'm just saying that they seem to be making it really hard for teams opposing the pens to win.
I wouldn't want to be in the Rangers skates and I don't think any team should have to be. Writing this won't change anything but sounding out to the hockey loving community somehow makes me feel a little better.
Is anyone else noticing this stuff?