Man, these NHL officials gotta have the most occurences of lobsided calls for a team in a game more than any other sport. Makes my stomach turn. They changed the whole vibe of the 3rd period, right from the drop of the puck.
Callahan's penalty seemed questionable. It looked more of a slip to me.
Staal's infraction was however deserved.
I don't think it was so much those penalties being called that got people upset (although the Cally one was really questionable) as it was blatant non calls at the beginning of the period (Callahan being tripped, Stepan being crosschecked in the throat, Christensen getting hooked).
Stupid penalties, the referees, and Tortorella did us in today.
Boneheaded high stick by Staal that led to the 5 on 3 and tying and GWG goals. He knows better, it was disappointing to watch.
The referees....let's not even go there.
As soon as that Stepan cheap shot happened, Tortorella should have sent Boogaard out there. Not necessarily to do anything, but his presence alone sends the message that we're not ****ing around. Of course, the chance to do that was negated by another stupid penalty a shift later.
It's the 2nd game of 82 this season, but we need these points.