I hate sounding like I'm wearing a tin foil hat, but the last few games have been especially bad. I've even seen them sending MMg players to the box for something the other team should have been penalized for. I get that the zebras are human and are going to make mistakes, but, damn, these guys are bad.
::EDIT:: So, yesterday during the Traktor - Lokomotiv game, Loko had too many men on the ice and scored a goal that should have been disallowed. The call was blown, and Loko went on to win the game in a shoot out. Today, the KHL suspended the refs for 3 games and sent the linesmen down to the minors for the rest of the season. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call, and the officiating will improve. Not holding my breath, though. PuckDaddy has the story
pretty chippy game ... most of it was spent with someone in the penalty box, and one of the Riga players getting tossed in the third. 25 minutes for Riga + 25 for "abuse of officials and unsportsmanlike conduct" and 22 minutes for MMg.
Mathieu Carle was the Riga player that was tossed in yesterday's game. Today, he received a 2 game suspension for physical contact with the referee.
Also, I forgot Evander Kane had signed up with Dynamo Minsk for the lock out. He got a one game suspension for a head shot on a Vanguard player. Kane has zero points through 6 games, is a -4 with 41 penalty minutes, including the 25 minutes for the game misconduct that earned him the suspension.
You're right, but Tarasenko has potential to be a star in the NHL.
I think it has less to do with his linemates and more to do with having to adapt his game. Maurice expects him to be more defensively responsible. That's not a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination, but it takes a little time to adjust to that. Malkin hasn't had to kill penalties since the last time he played in Russia. Power play time is split pretty evenly. He gets more defensive zone starts. He was getting more ice time than anyone but Sarge. Lately it looks like he's pulled it all together. Tomorrow's game should be fun.