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03-26-2013, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Lola View Post
Interesting. I have to wonder if the refs will learn anything from this. There's all this outrage at Shanahan, but really, the refs should have caught this. Even if they were watching the puck and not the player, there is a moment when a second pair of skates come into your line of vision and go vertical, right before Kopecky hits the ice.

Refs make soft calls all the time. I don't know why they didn't err on the side of caution on this particular play and call something.
There's outrage at Shanahan because he's supposed to be the failsafe...refs can miss things, as Frazer points out, one official blew his assignment while the others did exactly what they were supposed to do. That happens, there's a lot going on out there. But Shanahan's office is supposed to impose penalties even when there is no call in cases like this where there's either complete disregard for safety or a clear intent to injure. The lack of serious suspensions or fines except when the league randomly decides to make an example of an old has-been (read: Marty McSorley) is why players continue to pull crap like this on a regular basis.

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