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Bad Calls And Playoff Format

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Just a horrendous and all-too typically arrogance-based missed call from an NHL referee on Friday night in Newark with 1:08 to go in a one-goal game, when Frederick L’Ecuyer cited Cory Schneider for playing the puck outside the trapezoid when everybody else in the building could see the goaltender had done no such thing.

That’s a no-judgment call that should be subject to video review, as should be delay of game for shooting the puck into the stands inside the defensive zone and a double-minor for drawing blood.

These aren’t calls open to interpretation, such as goaltender interference. These are he-did-or-he-didn’t issues that could be resolved almost instantaneously and without intruding on the game’s flow. That’s assuming there is a flow, which is a leap of faith in many rinks.

- Yes, it’s true, many general managers had no idea how the NHL playoff format would work prior to their league meeting a couple of weeks ago. When they learned the structure, many were aghast.

Expect the GMs to push for a change over the summer, but the format is part of the three-year realignment agreement the NHL has with the NHLPA, and it was the union that insisted on the wild-card/crossover as a means to achieve some sort of math-based equality between seven- and eight-team divisions.

“If that’s what the players wanted, there couldn’t have been any players involved in the decision,” one prominent player said this week.

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What’s “arrogance-based” about the missed call? Can’t it just be a mistake? Brooks is not the only sports journalist who lapses into these cliches about the evil refs, but I’d like to see the evidence that D’Ecuyer booked Schneider out of “arrogance”.

Posted by happyrock on 12/07/13 at 09:02 PM ET

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