Mad City Mike wrote:Once again today, the Pens are done in by incompetent officiating. The way this league is, you just know there will be a grossly wrong call or two favoing a good team in a close game. Today, it was Melichar's penalty on Elias. I defy anyone to watch the replay of that and tell me that Melichar touched him before he went flying through the air on a perfect 10 dive. How that was called a hook and not a dive simply defies belief. You cannot win when you are forced to play 5 on 7 the last few minutes like that. The refs in this league are the most incmpetent of those in any sport. It's not even close. Once a garage league, always a garage league.
I'm not real big on blaming the officiating. Personal responsibility dictates that a good team will rise above the obstacles and still find a way to get it done.
Having said that, I'm unable to rise to your challenge, as I have no means of rewatching it now.
I can tell you that penalty was called in my house, as it was occuring, before the officials called it.
Melichar got beat one too many times and he let it get the best of him. Elias was doing everything to maintain puck position and get a clear path.
Dive or not, that is a chance you DO NOT take, in your own end, at that point in the game, when up by one goal. You do everything in your power to AVOID handicapping your team with a couple minutes left in the game!
His embellishment is arguable, however it does not negate the fact that if Melichar had moved his legs and jockeyed for BODY position, we probably wouldn't be having this debate right now.
Having said alllll that.... I could be totally wrong, but that's how we saw it here.