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11-20-2003, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Van
I did not see the game, so I cannot comment on any specific calls.

What I will say, is that anybody suggesting that the officials were "trying to dictate the game", or "show off to Gary Bettman" are out of their minds.

Officials in the NHL do not try to decide who wins the game. Bottom line.

Also, the NHL officials have no reason to impress Gary Bettman. He has little, if no control over who has zebra jobs in the NHL. Andy van Hellemond handles that.
I disagree that officials don't try to dictate the games. Often I find that there's no middle ground, they either let the players play or they have their whistles in hand to let the players know who's in charge--thus dictating the game. At least in the 1st period tonight, that's what the Refs were doing, trying to dictate the flow of the game.

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