I'm fed up!! After the Sharks loss last night to Nashville, that could have very easily been a win had the refs done their freaking job right, something has to change! This game just happens to be the last straw. I've been watching a number of games this season since I have Center Ice, and it just as bad throughout the league. In every game I've seen there have be horrendous penalties called or not called that have at times, like last night, cost teams critical goals that may have determined the game in the end.
I know this is nothing new, and bad penalties are part of the game. With only 2 refs, they can't possibly see everything that happens and I understand that. But if an observer, who is by no means an expert on the game, like myself, can see a blatant penalty, then the damn refs who are on the ice merely feet away from the play should be able to make the call! The only consistency in the calls being made, is that for the most part they are consistently bad! I've seen interference calls along the boards go ignored, but if someone happened to skate a a few inches in front of someone pursuing the puck and slowed him down, it gets called. I've seen elbows get thrown, knocking players to the ice, but if a stick gets parallel, you're guaranteed a trip to the penalty box for a hook. It's absurd!
I already ranted about this once, but I'm bringing my frustration to the to the table once again because I need everyone's help. I've been contemplating writing into the National Hockey League Officials Association about the horrendous jobs the officials have been doing, and this has put me over the top! I'm definitely doing it now, and I think if we ban together to voice our complaints, maybe we can get some positive change in the officiating of games. I know the NHL wants the refs to restrain from calling obsessive amounts of penalties, but sometimes teams are guilty of doing it, and you have to call a spade a spade. It may cause the game to move a little slower, but teams and players need to learn to restrain from taking penalties and not just being allowed to get away with it to let the game move along.
I shouldn't have to hope
that the refs do the job that they're paid to do. It's their freaking job! They need to get their heads out of their asses, and call the poop consistently per the rules, and not consistently bad
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