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Stanley Cup Refs Missing Too Many Calls

Wednesday night, we not only had an MLB umpire blowing a perfect game for Tigers pitcher Armando Galarrgga, but apparently the NHL Stanley Cup referees were also out of it. The problem is the missed calls were not limited to Game 3 of the series — the referees have been missing calls against both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers the entire series.

Now before you jump to conclusions that I’m angry because of some Blackhawks favoritism (and the fact that they lost), I want you to know that’s not the case; there are some plays that the Blackhawks got away with too. What stood out as the most egregious error was the refs missing a boarding call on this hit by Chris Pronger on Patrick Kane:

Kaner’s helmet was knocked off because of that hit from Pronger. What did the refs do? Well they didn’t call boarding like they should have. That was the second time that Pronger had gone after Kane and it was pretty obvious he had it out for him. But hey, that’s hockey.

I’m cool with players going after one another — that’s just adds to the competitive nature of the game. But when you have Pronger who is 6’6″ and 220 pounds targeting Kane who is 5’8″ and 178 pounds, there is something wrong with that. Flyers fans almost saw Kane’s bones break right in front of them. I guess that’s why they call them the “Orange Crush”.

The point of this is that NHL refs need to pay closer attention to some of these plays. Not just for the Blackhawks, but also for the Flyers too — this is the Stanley Cup Finals. The only positive I did see from Pronger going after Kane last night was that Kane wasn’t going to back down. It reminded me of the heart that he showed during the Gold Medal Game at the Vancover Olympics. The kid might actually be growing some cojones instead of shying away from every check that comes his way.



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  • revolveevolv

    watch the video. It is impossible to call boarding when 1. the player is not facing the boards in a vunerable position 2. was not hit from behind 3.he never hit the boards with anything but his delicate little girly backside. Quit whining Chicago, you’re team is still up. BTW, if you are going to attempt to sound unbiased, do not write how as a fan of the team you are goping to try to be unbiased. It plants in the mind of the reader that you are biased. It makes the entire post read like you scratched out a couple of homer crybaby sentences.

  • Erin Redmond

    You’re absolutely right. I do sound bias but I guess it’s hard not to be when there were some major missed calls against the Flyers. If you watched the game you may have noticed the call on Buff for slashing after being hit from behind from Pronger or the decapitation shot on Chris Versteeg. I’m just not happy with the refs in this series on both sides of the puck. Hopefully since Quenville called them out they will pay better attention and make it a fairer series for everyone. After all it’s not just any series–it’s the Stanley Cup.

  • SpinMax

    It’s the stanley cup. Almost nothing will get called in the 3rd period and I LOVE IT! That is what letting them play is all about. If only basketball were the same, maybe I’d watch it again.

    Chris Pronger on the other hand is one of the worst ahole cheap shot artists in the league. Someday he will be met with ulf samuelson style retribution.