Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My ears don't lie.

It's over. Fine. I'll deal with it in my own way. But just listen for yourselves.

That puck definitely crossed the line before the whistle blew. It just did; there's no denying it if you watch that video. So why was it ruled dead if the puck went in first? Just because the referee intended to blow it dead and screw the Wings? If that's true, that's the worst explanation I've ever heard. Garbage. Bring on game four, we've got some poultry to roast.

1 comment:

Jake O'Donnell said...

The "intent to blow" rule interpretation might be the dumbest thing ever. It's come into play a couple times this postseason already. Basically, the play is over when the official makes up his mind that it's over, even if he hasn't actually physically blown the whistle yet. So even though everyone is told to play to the whistle, and Hossa clearly put the puck in before the whistle was blown, the players somehow need to engage in some sort of mind-reading to know when the play is actually over. How ridiculously stupid.

And of course the league is trying to make it sound like nothing happened. The spokesman for league referees, I assume with a straight face, said that a "combination of the black puck and the black pants may have been a factor" in the ref losing sight of the puck. Are you fucking kidding me? How about some contrition? How about "our ref blew the most important call of the game and we're sorry"?

The NHL is losing credibility with its officiating at every step of these playoffs, from Donald Brashaer only getting a roughing penalty for his vicious hit on Blair Betts, to no call at all on Chris Kunitz's violent cross-check to Simeon Varlomov' throat, to Chad LaRose's goal that should have been a goal a couple nights ago, to this. And I thought the NBA was bad. Yeesh.