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Now The NHL Is Showing Bias Towards Canadian Teams

from Jonathan Strong of The Daily Caller,

It is a bitter, bitter pill for Caps fans to swallow when a playoff series is decided by a referee’s clearly errant call. What makes it worse is the longstanding pattern of questionable refereeing for the Capitals in the playoffs.

Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau revealed the Canadiens had been quietly lobbying the league on the very question of goalie interference throughout the series.

Montreal “talked about us being in front of the net all the time to the supervisor. I don’t know if that had any effect or not,” he said.

Did the NHL’s famous bias for Canadian teams give Montreal an edge on the most significant moment of the series?


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Nathan's avatar

The goalie interference call was a good call.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/29/10 at 12:52 PM ET


Anyone complaining about this goal being disallowed needs a reality check, this happens a lot, Tomas Holmstrom is in SJ right now, his message: get over it

Posted by Tom from Homer's School for Learning Swinglish on 04/29/10 at 12:57 PM ET



Posted by Evilpens on 04/29/10 at 12:57 PM ET

Greg's avatar

This is why they’ll never win…as long as any team puts the credit of victory on their shoulders and defeat on the other team (or refs, or officials), they’re not going to work to improve.  At some point they have to take some responsibility for their short falls.

Posted by Greg on 04/29/10 at 01:01 PM ET


I hope that guy didn’t get paid to write that.

The interference call was a good call all the way.

See, it’s never the Capitals’ fault.

Posted by HNBCTB on 04/29/10 at 01:01 PM ET


Silly me, I thought the whole point of 7-game series was so one call couldn’t decide everything. If I’m not mistaken, the Caps have more than one opportunity to close out this series…they weren’t the ones coming from behind. Bad calls are going to happen, period. Fallible humans + fast pace + high emotions = no one will be happy all the time. If you want certainty, watch a chess match.

And, no offense to Canadians (or Canadiens), but what possible reason could the NHL have for favoring any Canadian team over one of their golden boys? How often do Canadian teams headline NBC games? Maybe I’m missing this “famous bias” because I’m in the West and we seem to ALWAYS be at the bottom of the food chain anyway.

Posted by copper on 04/29/10 at 01:03 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I thought the wave-off was a bad call.

That said, I think the goal that got waved off in Pens/Sens game six when Malkin was pushed into Leclaire was much, much worse.

One team that was victimized by a bad goal wave-off advanced to the next round.

I won’t try to take away the injustice felt by any Caps fans on the call, but I draw the line at accepting it as a major part of the reason Washington failed to advance.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/29/10 at 01:11 PM ET


I can’t remember… which team had a PP in the last 2 minutes of a game 7 down by a goal from a high-sticking call that was borderline?

Oh, it was the Caps?

Maybe they should just shut it, then.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/29/10 at 01:17 PM ET


Hey wait a second, I thought the NHL was favoring the Coyotes since they owned them. I’m confused.

Posted by WK from Chicago, IL on 04/29/10 at 01:23 PM ET


I can’t remember… which team had a PP in the last 2 minutes of a game 7 down by a goal from a high-sticking call that was borderline?

Oh, it was the Caps?

Maybe they should just shut it, then.

What does that have to do with the fact that Watson made an awful call?

Posted by George0211 on 04/29/10 at 01:28 PM ET


The Caps were on the receiving end of not 1, not 2, but 3 diving calls in game 6. Is there a more subjective call in the league than diving? They also got a plethora of power plays in game 1 to try to get back in it. I don’t really want to hear the Caps conspiracy theories at this point.

One call does not a seven game series make. They were up 3-1, so they had two chances to close the Habs out on home ice and didn’t get it done. One waved off goal for the team that scored in bunches all season shouldn’t have mattered.

Posted by Tim from Columbus on 04/29/10 at 01:31 PM ET


Really….people actually think the NHL wanted the Caps and Ovie to lose?? Totally….Montreal is such an exciting team to watch.  They have soo many non-Canadians fans excited to watch their Amazing scoring and highlight reel goals.  Please Spare us this goalie interference call.

Montreal had one called off two. Didnt get the best look at it but it seemed the canadian was shoved into the goalie on that one.


Give me a break

Posted by Carson from Tucson,AZ on 04/29/10 at 01:32 PM ET


And they had 19:30 to make up for it (though the call was fine), and failed.

Losers whine about what should have been, winners find a way to overcome.

The Capitals got plenty of breaks last night, including the non-call on the blatant trip by Ovechkin early in the game.

Posted by HNBCTB on 04/29/10 at 01:34 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The Caps were on the receiving end of not 1, not 2, but 3 diving calls in game 6.

I only saw two of them (because Versus never showed a replay of the 2nd one called on Lapierre), but I thought those were both good calls.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/29/10 at 01:42 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The ONLY thing that was bad about that call was the ref over the mic didn’t call it goaltender interference. Instead, Watson said it was a player in the crease. He verbally called the wrong thing, which (to an extent) makes me question his ability to read his rule book. “In the crease” hasn’t been a rule in quite a while now in the NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/29/10 at 01:52 PM ET


Wasnt it game 2 or 3 whenever it was that Washington made the big comeback… that the Caps scored about 3 goals that should have been interference calls?... i mean Ovie just pushing the goaltender into the net on one of them?

As everyone has said… Until the Caps stop pointing fingers at others, and get out of this ‘We never do wrong’ attitude, they will never work to fix it or adapt to different styles of play that you need in order to win.

Shoulder the loss, accept it and learn from it.

Posted by samsaidhey on 04/29/10 at 02:07 PM ET

Randy from Butler PA's avatar

Boo Hoo. The Caps have no one to blame but themselves. You lost 3 in a row to a less talented team. Deal with it

Posted by Randy from Butler PA on 04/29/10 at 02:20 PM ET


I didnt see many caps players today complaining about the call.  if you read the links to Ted’s take, i think you can clearly see the organization shoulders the blame entirely.

In the end, it’s Semin and Green not producing in the playoffs.  I also think more blame should be put on BB.  He didn’t make adjustments to the Habs, which over the course of 1 game might be understandable, but not 3.

Of course, Halak was amazing.  Now can they do the same against the Pens?

Posted by jon from prague on 04/29/10 at 02:58 PM ET


Blame the refs, it’s the losers lament….so tired of it

Posted by Jim on 04/29/10 at 04:02 PM ET


I love how the article’s poll question is worded to skew the results “Did the NHL’s famous bias (!!!) for Canadian teams give Montreal an edge on the most significant moment of the series?”  Yet the results are still 66% no.  The writer has failed in inspiring the masses.

Posted by Jerry from Prague on 04/29/10 at 04:06 PM ET


As a person who likes the sharks who have had many bad calls lobbied against them, i have to say bad calls are sometimes just a part of the game,  You should be a good enough team to overcome them.  Bad calls happen and you need to overcome that same adversity and if you cant well then it is what it is.

Posted by Jason from San Jose, CA "GO Sharks" on 04/29/10 at 04:14 PM ET


They were pretty obviously running Halak by the middle of game 2.  Never really stopped.

Posted by enlightenedbum on 04/29/10 at 04:45 PM ET

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