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The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby IntangibleBeer on Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:04 pm

I've been watching hockey since 1984. And every year I come away shaking my head at the p***-poor officiating, especially in the playoffs.

Everyone knows that there is one set of rules for the regular season and when playoffs come along, the rule book gets torn in half. The pages citing interference, hooking, clutching, grabbing, and punching (mostly) opponents go right in the trash.

The Penguins have been the victim of a number of these - the not-called offsides by the Flyers, the no-hooking call (coutesy of Jagr) by the Bruins. Even when technology is used - video review on goals and offsides - the refs manage to screw it up. :slug:

No doubt you've all seen the call that gave the Sharks a 5 minute power play and propelled them into the next round.

The NHL issued an apology for the call. :roll:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2 ... 27c49663ed

Seriously? :face:

When, if ever, do you think the NHL will take the implementation of consistent, non-Neaderthal officiating seriously?

My guess is never. What do you think?
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Daniel on Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:25 pm

IntangibleBeer wrote:I've been watching hockey since 1984. And every year I come away shaking my head at the p***-poor officiating, especially in the playoffs.

Everyone knows that there is one set of rules for the regular season and when playoffs come along, the rule book gets torn in half. The pages citing interference, hooking, clutching, grabbing, and punching (mostly) opponents go right in the trash.

The Penguins have been the victim of a number of these - the not-called offsides by the Flyers, the no-hooking call (coutesy of Jagr) by the Bruins. Even when technology is used - video review on goals and offsides - the refs manage to screw it up. :slug:

No doubt you've all seen the call that gave the Sharks a 5 minute power play and propelled them into the next round.

The NHL issued an apology for the call. :roll:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2 ... 27c49663ed

Seriously? :face:

When, if ever, do you think the NHL will take the implementation of consistent, non-Neaderthal officiating seriously?

My guess is never. What do you think?


If I'm Vegas, I say bleep you to the apology. It's meaningless unless you replay the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period. I think it'll lead to challenges on injuries, which would also be dumb. Have automatic replay for an injury that causes the whistle to blow and be done with it. The refs spend time in a huddle discussing it, why not add video to the huddle. :face:
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby interstorm on Mon May 06, 2019 12:43 pm

I think the wild difference in how a game is called during the postseason and regular season also has a lot to do with why regular season success is not much of an indicator for playoff success (fun read: https://thehockeywriters.com/its-truthi ... n-the-nhl/. Interesting stat from that: "Over the last five NHL playoff seasons, there have been 75 series played. Higher seeds have won 39 series, while 36 have been won by the lower seed. The winning percentage (for the higher seeded team) is slightly better than a coin toss, at 52%").

Honestly I'd love to see the NHL adopt a zero-tolerance policy similar (for the most part) to the NFL. Once a whistle blows, refs should hand out penalties for anyone who touches another player (similar to how flags are thrown for any after play contact in football). The game doesn't need that. I don't want "mindgames" or players wasting their energy on things that don't (immediately) impact the scoreboard. I understand, and love, the physical nature of the game but I'd say everything should be performed in-game. Doing so would immediately eliminate after whistle cheapshots and allow officials (and replay) to focus on in-play issues (which are dealt with horribly now).
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby no name on Thu May 09, 2019 12:20 pm

The McAvoy Head shot that got a 2 minute minor had me scratching my head. That was a god awful hit and for him to only get a 2 minute minor was a joke. shoulder on chin.

The NHL still holds the injury as the main factor in dishing out the punishment.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Daniel on Thu May 09, 2019 2:42 pm

no name wrote:The McAvoy Head shot that got a 2 minute minor had me scratching my head. That was a god awful hit and for him to only get a 2 minute minor was a joke. shoulder on chin.

The NHL still holds the injury as the main factor in dishing out the punishment.


With technology the way it is, if the refs feel they need to huddle they should be using an ipad to confirm what they missed. If they're huddling, it's for an obviously high impact situation (goal, penalty, etc.) might as well get it right.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Humperdink on Fri May 10, 2019 7:10 am

The train wreck (NHL officiating) surfaced in Beantown last night. Disgusting.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Cu11en on Sat May 11, 2019 6:59 am

And I’m sure the train will be staying in Boston as they continue to get away with “hockey plays” while the Canes get whistled for subtle bumping every time they get a lead.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Faubert5 on Sat May 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Cu11en wrote:And I’m sure the train will be staying in Boston as they continue to get away with “hockey plays” while the Canes get whistled for subtle bumping every time they get a lead.

At it again in San Jose. Won't take away a San Jose power play but will put the Blues down by two. Granted he broke a stick with a slash but call the interference and that 5 on 3 doesn't happen.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby brwi on Sat May 11, 2019 8:40 pm

SJ and STL might try for a 8-7 opener. Real sloppy play on both sides.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Southern Fan on Thu May 16, 2019 4:42 am

Hand pass game winner for the Sharks in overtime. Sharks getting all their favorable calls out of the way so they can get swept in the finals.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby penny lane on Thu May 16, 2019 8:45 am

The nhl- toronto video room must get bigger. For a questionable goal, the league should review.
Especially an overtime goal. It's unfair to allow bad goals stand when technology is easily available.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby KG on Thu May 16, 2019 1:21 pm

Southern Fan wrote:Hand pass game winner for the Sharks in overtime. Sharks getting all their favorable calls out of the way so they can get swept in the finals.


Seriously. Between that game 7 gift vs Vegas and now a clear hand pass on the OT GWG. Something's not right.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Humperdink on Fri May 17, 2019 7:02 am

Watching the latest iteration of NHL officiating leads to believe it's not a trainwreck. A trainwreck is one time event. This is never ending malfeasance. There are too many people involved for it to be a conspiracy. Not sure what the answer is.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Southern Fan on Fri May 17, 2019 7:11 am

It’s pathetic listening to nhl officials on nhl radio stammering around about the calls impacting Vegas, Colorado and the Blues. Funny there is one common denominator to all these calls.

Colin Campbell actually used the Matt Murray non cover up in game 6 against Nashville as an example of the refs not getting it right.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby penny lane on Fri May 17, 2019 9:05 am

Southern Fan wrote:It’s pathetic listening to nhl officials on nhl radio stammering around about the calls impacting Vegas, Colorado and the Blues. Funny there is one common denominator to all these calls.

Colin Campbell actually used the Matt Murray non cover up in game 6 against Nashville as an example of the refs not getting it right.


Pens gone, but never forgotten. :roll:
Going forward it will be interesting to watch the sharks/blues games. How will the refs "make up" this potential series changing call.
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Re: The Trainwreck that is NHL Officiating

Postby Cu11en on Fri May 17, 2019 11:07 am

penny lane wrote:
Southern Fan wrote:It’s pathetic listening to nhl officials on nhl radio stammering around about the calls impacting Vegas, Colorado and the Blues. Funny there is one common denominator to all these calls.

Colin Campbell actually used the Matt Murray non cover up in game 6 against Nashville as an example of the refs not getting it right.


Pens gone, but never forgotten. :roll:
Going forward it will be interesting to watch the sharks/blues games. How will the refs "make up" this potential series changing call.

First Blues' hand-pass is on the house.
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