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The New York Rangers Feel The Calls Are Going Against Them

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The uneven officiating in this one did not exactly even out. There was a mighty questionable roughing call against Brian Boyle that created the power play on which Tomas Plekanec gave the Habs a 1-0 lead at 16:34 of the second period off a brilliant five-man play.

There was a bizarre interference call against Chris Kreider for not moving out of the way of a pair of Montreal players who collided at the Canadiens’ blue line and thus opened up the alley for a Derick Brassard power-play breakaway before it was whistled down at 5:37 of the third.

“The ref told me that the ice belongs to the defensemen,” Richards said, relaying the gist of his conversation with referee Dave Jackson.

“There’s nothing like that in the rule book.

“They made the call because two of their guys collided and fell.”

more on the game...

from Rick Carpiniello of Rangers Report,

Then the Chris Kreider penalty.... The kid was told by the officials that it’s his fault, that it’s his responsibility to get out of the way of the defender skating backward. And, OK, while that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense—that the offensive player isn’t allowed to stand at the blue line and not move – Kreider’s contact was incidental. The two Canadiens colliding is what caused the call to be made. Terrible call, just as Derick Brassard is breaking in from the left wing.

And finally, the kicked-in goal. To me, it was pretty much the same play as the J.T. Miller goal in Philly that got wiped out by a replay review in Toronto. I don’t think either guy intentionally kicked it in. I thought both skates were going forward and made contact with the puck. So both are either distinct kicking motions, or neither are, IMO.

again, more on the game...

Want to see the interference call?  Watch it below and sorry Ranger fans, I have seen this type of call hundreds of times and in my opinion it was the correct call.

Also below, is the J.T. Miller waived off goal against Philadelphia and to me, you can see the distinct kicking motion as opposed to the Alex Galchenyuk goal which was upheld as a good goal.


Here is the waived off goal by J.T. Miller against the Flyers on October 24th.


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Hank1974's avatar

Read the official scoresheet - the Rangers had 1 more penalty called against them than Montreal.

But this goes along with what I’ve been crying about for years; the NHL is a ‘Everyone deserves a Trophy’ league.

In almost every game, the two teams have equal opportunity on the PP.
Doesn’t anyone find it funny how a softer team like the Wild or Wings can play the Flyers or Ducks both teams get 6 PP’s, but when the Wings and Wild play each other, both teams only get 3.

The NHL, from executives to managers, coaches and officials, everyone tries to make the game as equal as possible.
3-point games are handed out like Pez. If a team is really bad, creative scheduling comes into place so that when elite teams fly into town, it’s always on the back-end of a brutal road trip.
Officials always make sure that all the calls are even regardless if one team is breaking the rules more often.

At the end of the year, 24 of the 30 teams can boast .500 (or better) records because of it.

It’s a joke and I dream of the day when games are called fairly. They were when the 05 lockout was finally broken. That first season was great with how the game was called.
But then certain owners, who run the BOG, got made when they’re rough-housing teams started getting penalized too much.
Soon enough, guys like Pronger were allowed to clothesline players 80-feet away from the puck and not get a call against them.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/29/13 at 10:02 AM ET

awould's avatar

Pretty sure this is an actual philosophy used by teams like Anaheim, especially their teams from 2007-2009, commit as many penalties as you want and let the refs even things out.

Posted by awould on 10/29/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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