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NHL content with officiating in Wings-Sharks game

May 3, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

While the entire hockey world was up in arms this morning over the
officiating fiasco in last night’s Red Wings and Sharks game, NHL
director of officiating Terry Gregson is perfectly content saying that
last night’s referees did a perfectly fine job. Per
Ted Kuffan of The Detroit News:

“They set a tight
standard early on and they kept to that standard the
rest of the game,” said Gregson.

The NHL doesn’t
always back the decisions of the officials and there have been rare
instances where it’s been acknowledged that the officiating in a game
was below par. That Gregson is deciding to stick by Kevin Pollock and
Brad Watson is a bit surprising, especially for anyone who witnessed
last night’s debacle. Couple that with the mysterious tripping/high
stick and you have two games in a Red Wings series with serious
officiating issues.

While we’ve already covered the inevitable
rise of the Detroit Red Wing tin foil hat society that made a bunch of
noise today, conspiracist (and blogger)
George Malik acknowledges
that the Red Wings can’t blame the bad
calls for their two losses.

We’re not here to bash the Red Wings
fans anymore than normal, and it’s certainly tough not to feel sympathy
after last night’s game. Still, it’s nice to see some start to focus on
what the Red Wings need to change that they actually have control over.
No matter what calls were made on the ice, Detroit absolutely has to
play better if they hope to pull off a series comeback.

  1. SteveJ1 - May 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    One can claim that officials will not decide a 7 game series.
    And I find that a very persuasive claim.
    But many hockey fans who are not from Michigan or California tuned in to watch some hockey last night. And they had their time wasted. As the viewing public was served a lousy product, people like Gregson would do well to remember some of the finer points in customer service when a screw-up like this occurs.
    If you don’t make adjustments after screw-ups like this, you lose customers.

  2. Mike - May 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    I believe Gregson should run for Congress.
    His circular logic in making a non-comment comment that avoids accountability for him and his staff is worthy of admiration by any Washington politician or bureaucrat.
    Since there was a “tight standard” (“tight standard” apparently defined as any contact whatsoever) ANY call is “accurate.”
    Any non-call is not a call. It’s not an anything.
    Thus one team can be called 50 times under the “tight standard”, and the referees did a “perfectly fine job” in making those calls.
    The other team can be called 0 times, and since there are no calls to review there is nothing to be said.

  3. ChezeHead - May 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Seemed like a normal intense playoff game to me with a lot of whistles in the pocket around the goal, non-stop cheating on the dot and the interference standard relaxed. Refs missed calls on Bert (2x). He had a right to be pissed on the phantom call against Vlasic. But Detroit had a make up call when Stuart shoved Heatley into the goalie for interference, and got the boarding call on Marleau at the end of a period. I don’t see disparity in calls as evidence of biased calls. What was being called were the stick calls especially slashing. Sticks cut in half are automatic. Detroit was the better team 5:5 and controlled long stretches in the offensive zone. If anything, the Wings looked tired and got caught using their sticks instead of their feet. Maybe they are a little more tired after the physical Phoenix series?

  4. George - May 4, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Yes, even the Tinfoil Hat Brigade believes that the Wings must play better and not entice the referees. We’re still doing a Tinfoil Hat Flash Mob on Tuesday at 6:45 at the Gordie Howe Entrance to the Joe, plug plug.
    –George Malik

  5. akmtns - May 4, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    That was one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen…..

  6. Brad Barrett - May 5, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    After last nights game, I can understand why hockey doesn’t have more fans.

  7. Dave - May 6, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    Tweet!!!(whistle blows) That will be 2 minutes for being Detroit!!!

  8. spider - May 9, 2010 at 12:53 AM


  9. Chris - May 9, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    I am thoroughly disgusted with the NHL! What kind of product are they trying to sell us? NHL administration and officials have absolutely no integrity! After two vicious hits on Red Wings players (with no calls, by the way) I was expecting to hear about NHL reviews and suspensions, but NOTHING! I guess it’s OK to intentionally injure a Red Wing player. After a horribly called series, I’m done with the NHL!

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