Game 4, part 2
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04-22-2009, 11:01 PM
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Check it out, I can cherry pick from the rulebook too!
Except that rule isn't applicable in this case. That rule is for when an attacking player is bumping the goalie while not playing the puck. The rule I cited is specifically addressing the situation at play when Crosby went to the net...he was playing a loose puck in the crease.
Unless you're saying Biron had that puck under control at some point?
You said yourself the rules are written to be interpreted subjectively, and that 95% of the calls that are made, including this one, are made subjectively. Now you're speaking in absolutes?
The rule you're citing is absolutely NOT the correct rule to be citing with regard to Crosby's goal. It's addressing an entirely different situation (the one Jules vids were displaying).
And officiating is absolutely subjective, and it's certainly my opinion that I'm expressing...but the NHL officials in the war room who got to watch that play in slow motion agree with me. If they had made the call the other way it would have been the
. You are certainly entitled to view that differently, but the evidence contradicts that position and the decision that was made contradicts that position.
In order to prove me wrong in applying the rule I cited you would have to make a few claims:
1) The puck was not loose.
2) Crosby was not playing the puck.
3) Crosby was purposefully bumping into Biron...the fact that he hit the puck was incidental to his effort to bump Biron.
I'm guessing your last 2 paragraphs were directed toward someone else.
Part of the complaint that has been voiced is that if that had been a Flyer they would have called it the other way. Which would have been the incorrect call and then they would rightfully deserve criticism.
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