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05-17-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarus View Post
It's not a stupid rule, it was one of the best rule changes to come out of the 2005 lockout. The final two minutes of hockey games taking 30 - 40 minutes with a never ending stream of faceoffs due to the lack of penalties for throwing the puck out of play back in the dead puck era was not only tedious, but also greatly contributed to the ability of teams to sit on one goal leads with few consequences. Any coach would rather take a faceoff with tired players than face continued pressure or a penalty, they'd be popping the puck over the glass intentionally again without restraint if it was just an icing call.

The referee blew the call on a play, it happens.
No, it happened emphatically, with zeal, on a play the ref could not have been clear on. Ask yourself why.

Obviously the logical thing to do there if unsure is not make the call. To make that call late in the game on a very questionable instance, with Sharks already down a man, was not just "a mistake, it happens" It damn well predictably caused the outcome of the key game, and quite possibly series.

When in doubt let the teams on the ice decide the outcomes. Thats why I watch the games, to see skilled players effect and determine outcomes. Not some blind anal zebra with a bloated ego wanting to be the center of attention determining outcome in a playoff game.

Nobody watching that game could come away with any impression that this call tied the game.

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