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Tough Post-Season For The Refs

from Rick Carpiniello of USA TODAY,

You have to have some sympathy for the guys doing all the bleeding and battling for a Stanley Cup.

Not because of the blood or the battle.

You have to have sympathy because they have no idea what the rules are, night to night, period to period, shift to shift.

Officiating in the NHL has become an epidemic, a major problem, in a sport where everything happens so fast and with so much brutality, by bigger players with weapons and walls.

But today's big, fast, brutal players? They don't have a clue.

New game, new rule book. Embellishment? First round, yes. After, no. Head shots? Bring 'em on. No penalties, no fines, no suspensions. Spears to the groin? No problem. Slew foot (hockey term for a real cheap shot)? Never called, and often perpetrated by the best players — Sidney Crosby, P.K. Subban among them.

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Davis's avatar

Is this Rick’s first time watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs? The only constant in the NHL post season is inconsistent officiating.

Posted by Davis on 05/23/14 at 06:20 PM ET

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The league tweaks the rules to help certain teams- certain teams undeniably benefit from the rule changes.

Unaccountability is the name of the game for Buttman and the league. What other major sports league routinely and dramatically alters the rules of their sport.

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 05/23/14 at 06:34 PM ET

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