As a trained hockey referee and an official and coach in other sports, I can say from experience being a referee is a very difficult job. The National Hockey League does an excellent job selecting and training their officials and icing the best officiating crews in the world. Almost without exception, the four officials on the ice do the best job they possibly can to ensure a safe, fair, and entertaining game. That said, they are human beings, the speed of the game means they will occasionally miss calls, and they have feelings just like everyone else. That said, the last two games in Madison Square Garden were poorly officiated and biased, but Game 6 was an absolute travesty.
In summary, the New York Rangers received 5 powerplays to the Capitals 0. The Capitals clearly deserved two penalties in the game (Alzner's delay of game and Fehr's elbow), but the referees' inability or unwillingness to rein in the Rangers led to several retaliation penalties tby the Capitals that should have been both players going at the very least. In the first period, Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan got away with a blatant elbow on Jack Hillen, leading to a retaliation penalty for Hillen. Hillen was called for a roughing penalty even though replays showed Callahan clearly embellishing by jerking his head back after Hillen's glove hit his chest, which is not roughing. The referees also did not call a very late hit from behind on Mathieu Perreault by Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. The hit was delivered when the puck was 40 feet away from Perreault and it sent him crashing into the boards. To be clear, Dorsett had already been penalized for diving after intentionally running into Joel Ward earlier in the series. Later in the game, the referees called a cross-checking penalty on Joel Ward after Derek Dorsett flew into his of his own free will, very reminiscent of the ridiculous penalty Jason Chimera was called for at the end of the second period of Game 4. The biggest disgrace of them all was Dorsett's attempt to slew foot Mike Green in the third period. Even though Green didn't fall over after Dorsett kicked his skate out from under him, Green slammed into the boards and Dorsett proceeded to hold onto Green's leg, keeping him from moving. Green thoroughly deserved the 2-minute penalty he got for cross-checking Dorsett in the mouth for his reckless play, and he probably deserved 4 (and Ribeiro probably could have gotten a penalty for tripping Dorsett on his way back to the bench), but it is inconceivable that Dorsett was not assessed a penalty for his role in the play. Predictably, when a game gets out of hand because of poor officiating, an end-of-game brawl broke out, earning the Rangers their only two penalties on the scoresheet, but they were assessed after the final horn had sounded and did not affect the outcome of the game.no comments