Officiating Takes Center Stage Midway Through NHL Playoffs


Officiating Takes Center Stage Midway Through NHL Playoffs

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By Stephen WhynoStar forward Connor McDavid didnt draw a single penalty when Edmonton got swept in the first round. Tampa Bay dominated a second-round series against Carolina thanks to a potent power play. And a war of words between coaches Barry Trotz and Bruce Cassidy has spiced up an already hot Islanders-Bruins series.Calls made, and not made, and the ensuing results are tipping the balance of the postseason. The spotlight is on referees and linesmen for the impact theyre having on the way to some team lifting the Stanley Cup.I dont work them, Trotz said Tuesday https://www.bostonproshoponline.com/Don_Cherry_Face_Mask-292. I respect them because I worked the referee situation in the bubble last year and I got ran over. I tried to call penalties, I tried to call offsides, I got hit with pucks, I got knocked over I got all that stuff. Ive been in the league a long time: Its a hard job, and I have a lot of respect for those guys.So much respect that he and Cassidy have mentioned officials a handful of times. Trotz said it was up to linesmen to keep Bruins center Patrice Bergeron from cheating on faceoffs Urho Vaakanainen Flag. Cassidy quipped after Bostons Game 5 loss to New York: They sell a narrative over there that its more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders.The comment cost him $25,000 in a fine from the league for publicly criticizing officiating.Most of what I thought I said was more in reference to the Islanders, a little gamesmanship with Barry, his comments towards Bergy, Cassidy said. Im always going to protect my captain and kind of push back a little bit. Listen, were in front of the cameras a lot in media and its an entertainment business, its been a good series so theres a little bit of that back and forth.Islanders-Bruins isnt the only series officiating has factored into. McDavid not earning a penalty call against Winnipeg in the first round became a hot button issue: The likely MVP tied for the second-most penalties drawn during the regular season.McDavid said going into the playoffs, The hooking and the holding and the holdups and all that stuff are things that Ive dealt with my whole life. Its nothing new.After his Oilers were swept by the Jets, coach Dave Tippett wondered aloud, How can that be that he doesnt draw a penalty every game that I watch? Now he and McDavid are left watching the rest of the playoffs.The Hurricanes are joining them based almost entirely on a parade to the penalty box that gave the Lightning power play target practice all series https://www.bostonproshoponline.com/Wayne_Cashman_Flag-533. Tampa Bay scored seven times on 16 power plays.Their theres just too much there, Carolina coach Rod BrindAmour said before his team lost in five to Tampa Bay. We said that coming in was going to be the difference: If we could stay out of the box, then wed have a chance.Theres always a chance that a comment or two about officiating will have an impact.Vegas coach Peter DeBoer tried to do his part to affect officiating in his teams series against Colorado. DeBoer said after Game 2 he cant even blame the refs because theyre fighting the embellishment of grabbing your face or falling down or dropping your stick every period.Setting aside delay of game penalties, the Golden Knights were whistled for three penalties to the Avalanches six in Games 3 and 4 and tied the series.Bergeron called Trotzs comments about his faceoffs veteran play to get linesmen to think about it part of the gamesmanship of a series.Cassidy pointing out the exact calls that are getting called on us do not get called on them was part of his answer that drew the hefty fine Tuukka Rask Face Mask, but he doesnt want anything said off the ice to affect penalties the rest of this series.Will that have effect going forward? Ive said any comments shouldnt, he said. The refs should call what they see.

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