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by Alanah McGinley on 05/10/11 at 03:09 PM ET
From Justin Bourne at The Hockey News:
The fix the refs need to make is two-fold. The first part is they simply need to get back to calling diving penalties (unsportsmanlike conducts) the way they used to - and the way they did on Jordin Tootoo in Game 6 against Vancouver. As James Mirtle pointed out in his column Tuesday morning, in 2002-03 a diving penalty was whistled an average of once every 10 games. This season, the grand total was a mere 32.
The second equally simple and important change we need from the officials is to stop waiting for there to be a body on the ice to call a penalty, as they’re prone to do. A hook is a hook is a hook. Just because a guy is strong enough to stay on his skates doesn’t mean he was any less hindered than someone whose balance isn’t as good.
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