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Intent To Blow Was The Right Call

Kerry Fraser of TSN discussed the San Jose no-goal...

I concede the optics of this slow decision was bad but Referee Leggo ultimately made the correct determination that the puck was sufficiently frozen by Ryan Miller. It would have been unfair to allow Tommy Wingles to unearth a frozen puck and jam it into the net. The net result was the Ref's intent to blow the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. A quicker whistle (or intent to blow the whistle) by the Referee would have eliminated any controversy on this play. Any discussion with the Situation Room would have only added to the confusion since the play could not be reviewed.

Right call made - poor execution!

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Ass.

Posted by Garth on 11/07/13 at 04:58 PM ET

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I did not expect Fraser to make the “right” call.

Every goal should be considered a “good goal” until proven otherwise.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/07/13 at 05:09 PM ET

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Please, for the love of f*cking God, stop saying “the optics are bad” instead of just “looks bad.”

I don’t know who injected this f*cking virus into the lexicon, but it seems like every hockey writer (and even this damn former referee) in North America says it now.

Just stop.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/07/13 at 05:09 PM ET

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I think this whole “Well, I was gonna blow the whistle” shit has got to go. If the whistle didn’t actually make a damn noise, the play isn’t dead. It doesn’t get anymore black and white than that. When they go upstairs, all they have to do is listen. No whistle…goal. Easy. None of this trying to decide what the idiot referee was thinking at the moment. The players play to the whistle, so the play should continue to the whistle, “I meant to” or not. Stupid.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/07/13 at 05:38 PM ET

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Now Fraser is a puppet to the inept machine the league has become?  He now sounds as concussed as Shanahan does when explaining suspensions. 
Shanny’s words not matching what we are viewing on the video leaving us to decide are we irate or should we pity Shanny for losing his marbles?

There was no frozen puck.  The ref signaled that the original puck hit the post, that’s all.  Then the puck went back out past Miller and was never whistled dead or covered.  There was no intent to whistle as Leggo never moved to grab his whistle because he didn’t see the goal. 

We all accept that the refs cannot see everything.  That’s what the “war office” is supposed to be for.  Admit they blew it.  All this ‘intent” blah blah blah is only making the situation worse.

It is also time for the NHL to waive the white flag.  High level positions starting with Shanahan need a clean sweep.

Posted by jpsf on 11/07/13 at 06:07 PM ET

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Right call made - poor execution!

Ohhh ok. That’s totally legit then. Christ.

Posted by godblender on 11/07/13 at 06:26 PM ET

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Fraser says the net result was the Ref’s intent to blow the play dead prior to the puck entering the net.  Leggo hadn’t even raised his whistle when the puck went in and didn’t blow it for about two seconds after that.  He waved off the first shot when the puck hit the post.  Can’t really argue their way out of this one (though they are trying very hard).  Isn’t that the whole point of the war office?  To correct decisions made that were incorrect?  But I digress.

Referees are only human… too bad the NHL doesn’t seem to think they are. Which mean they’re robots operating under the guise of humanity and are preparing to enslave the world… Too far?  Probably… wink

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 11/07/13 at 07:03 PM ET

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I think this whole “Well, I was gonna blow the whistle” shit has got to go. If the whistle didn’t actually make a damn noise, the play isn’t dead. It doesn’t get anymore black and white than that. When they go upstairs, all they have to do is listen. No whistle…goal. Easy. None of this trying to decide what the idiot referee was thinking at the moment. The players play to the whistle, so the play should continue to the whistle, “I meant to” or not. Stupid.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/07/13 at 04:38 PM ET

This

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/08/13 at 12:16 PM ET

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No official should intend to blow. They should at least try to do a good job.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/08/13 at 12:55 PM ET

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