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2010 Stanley Cup finals: Did officials miss a high-stick on Briere?

Jun 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

When you see a score like 7-4, it’s difficult to imagine that a controversial call really could have made a difference. Whether it would have made a difference or not, it looks like the referees missed a high-sticking penalty in the third period. As you can see from this video capture, Duncan Keith caught Danny Briere with a high stick.

Briere started bleeding almost immediately, which means that the infraction could have been a double-minor penalty. If my memory serves me correctly, the score was 5-3 Chicago at the time of that missed penalty. I always preach against the practice of “replacement” (in other words, saying, “if this person wasn’t injured, the team would have won” because there’s a domino effect with those kind of things. Let’s just move on.) so it’s unsafe to assume that the Flyers could have mounted a comeback.brierebloodied.jpg

Still, you never know with hockey and momentum. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, for one, thought it was a blunder.

“I thought it was a penalty. At first glance, I almost thought it was intentional. The puck wasn’t even around,” Laviolette said. “Looking at it again, it should have been a four-minute penalty. You have to be in control of your stick out there. Dangerously close to a severe eye injury.”

“They told me that it was a follow-through on the puck. I’m not sure I understood the call. I thought it should have been a four-minute penalty.”

On the other hand, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville pointed out that the Flyers probably got away with a high stick on Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell.

“I think Soupy might have had the same high stick and he was cut too. Apples and oranges,” Quenneville said. “At the end of the day, it probably came out in the wash.”

Some might say it was a makeup non-call, but either way it did look like a mistake. What do you think? Should it have been a penalty, a double-minor or nothing at all? Let us know in the comments.

  1. john - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    After watching Chris “MVP” Pronger slice, dice, chop, elbow and whack his way through the finals, there can be very little discussion about a missed high stick or two over the course of five games. I haven’t seen such a display of contempt for the rules since before the lock-out, but come to think of it, all that crap was quasi-legal back then.

  2. Bill - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Don’t even start about this being a missed call. Where is the stories about missed calls when the Blackhawks got high-sticked, cross checked numerous times in the previous games????? As far as i am concerned this was ONE of many make up calls that STILL need to be made against the Blackhawks.

  3. Barbara - Jun 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I agree about Pronger. He’s an embarrassment to the sport. I don’t understand the adulation; he’s little better than a goon.

  4. Alan - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Lets not even start talking about missed calls and pour officiating. The fact that the Flyers had not one penalty in game one, not to mention the countless hooking, slashing punches to the back of the head and goalie interference calls that were missed on the Flyers is ridiculous.

  5. peter griffin - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    funny how blackhawk fans whine and complain to get their way. i knew the furor would get some traction. they get a mysterious 5 on 3 in game 4. briere gets a high stick and nothing in game 5? and bill, cut me a break. missed calls both ways. forgetting eager leaving the ice for a hit. campbells head shot with the elbow. etc….
    quit crying chicago. it’s hockey. not the ice capades.

  6. Jim Carmignani - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Sure it should have been a penalty, so should the one on Campbell. The one I think they missed was when Hossa got cross-checked at the blue line. Could have been cross checking, should have been intereference.

  7. GoHawks! - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    They both should have been penalties. Just another horrible display of the ridiculous reffing that has been going on during the entire playoffs this NHL season. Horrible.

  8. john - Jun 7, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    I have seen many stories lately bragging up the TV numbers for the playoffs and the finals in particular. Well those numbers must include many new fans as well as the old guard, and the NHL still cannot get it through their tiny minds that fans expect missed calls and an occasional ref’s gaff or two, but “letting the boys play” is beyond stupid. Call the penalties, just like they did all year: stick parallel to ice, it’s interference—elbow to the head, it’s roughing—two-handed crosscheck to the back at center ice, it’s crosschecking. The stakes are higher in the finals and it seems every year the officiating goes about as low as it can get.

  9. StakeX - Jun 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    While Id rather see old time hockey where you realllly had to try and take a penelty in the finals… I guess I have to accept thats just not the way hockey will ever be under a wuss like Bettman and his crush on a whinner like Crosby.
    So anyway, should this have been a penelty? Of course it should have been. And so should the high stick on Brian Campbell. And going by the currenty pansy rules, there should have been a slew of other penelties on both teams… but there wasn’t. Thats the nature of the game, and crying about them after the game is pointless.

  10. Little Tommy - Jun 7, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Not a single penalty on the goons from Philly in game 1???? PLEASE —
    Pronger’s been cross-checking the crap out of Buf throughout the series and throwing in cheap shots at the whistle to boot. He’s a moron…and I’m supposed to feel bad for Briere? Not a chance…come to think of it Mr. Griffin, it is hockey isn’t it! GO HAWKS.

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  12. Marc - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    I completely agree. What amazes me most is the types of penalties that are not being called, such as cross check, roughing, and interference. In game five, both teams were abusing the rules. Of course, this is the first game were the Blackhawks matched the Flyers in penalty offenses. Blackhawks are finally realizing they have to play as dirty as the Flyers to beat the Flyers, and not worry about the refs whistles.

  13. jef - Jun 8, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Really? You are going to cry about missed calls?
    Game 4, 3rd period, Bolland is cross checked in front of goal with loose puck. Hawks at the time down by 1!!!! Blatant penalty, and a point blank shot, no call!!! Eddie O replayed itt and commented. So shut your face, and F you!!

  14. Dave S - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    If you watch hockey all year you will already know that cross checking is a complete mystery. It seems that hockey has gone the route of lacrosse when it comes to using the “fender” technique. Don’t kid yourself in grossing about Pronger doing it. These players are conditioned to go down like soccer fakers at the slightest touch. Guys that have been on skates go down like they are made of paper. The new style rules have led to a new breed of divers. Play tough.

  15. PolegoJim - Jun 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    1) Sure, penalty
    2) Game decider? No
    Blackhawks are outplaying the Flyers and will be the next Stanley Cup Champs. End of Story

  16. schiver - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    I love the Blackhawks fans on here acting like Chicago hasn’t gotten away with numerous penalties in this series. It seems like a Flyers player is always getting knocked down away from the play when they start rushes and don’t tell me all of Byfuglien’s hits have been legal (charging from across the ice to slam someone into the boards from behind is a penalty the last I checked). The punches to the back of the head are happening on both sides and Hartnell got called for one the other night. Both teams are getting away with murder. That being said, if a player gets hit up high with a stick and is bleeding, it should most certainly be a 4-minute penalty. They should have called the one on Campbell and they should have called the one on Briere, although it looked like Briere got it worse. Regardless, it was almost the exact same situation in both cases.

  17. SH - Jun 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    If you think Pronger is “little better than a goon” than you obviously know nothing about hockey and what he can accomplish on the ice. No fans of opposing teams like his style of play, but he gets the job done (in most games). 9 times out of 10 on a defensive play, he’s either coming away with the puck, or the play is broken up. His shot from the point is a cannon, and he rarely fans on one timers. Anyone who plays or has played hockey, can appreciate the work he does on the ice, as well as the amount of minutes he plays per game. Like him or not, he’s an asset to whatever team he’s on.

  18. brian hayes - Jun 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    missed calls are a part of hockey.laviolette has shown he is weak by bringing this up in the meddia. this is not basketball.

  19. hoover - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    come on it doesn’t matter who you root for hockey is hockey! If you want to watch a nice game watch Tennis

  20. shark fan - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    As a Shark fan and a hockey fan I have to say the Hawks have taken the worst of the calls in The Finals. They actually took the worst of the calls against us. They are the best team team in hockey this year and I hope they win it! As for the big fat cry baby laviolette … shut up and quit crying.

  21. Robert - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Laviolette didn’t spill his guts about what happened to Briere; he was asked what he thought about it and he answered, so you can stop calling him a crybaby. Officiating in the Finals has been pretty horrible all around, but the funny part about is how much louder Chicago fans are about it. This is hockey, not basketball. Flyers in 7!!!

  22. melbamom - Jun 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    And here I didn’t think that there could be a whinier fan base than Montreal. Chicago takes the cake.
    The high stick on Campbell and the high stick on Briere were both obvious penalties. Both should have been called (although the bleeding rule is absurd — nothing more unsettling than watching a grown man desperately pick at his own face to force a drop of blood). As for the cross-checks, punches to the back of the head, shoving after the whistle, etc. etc., that’s hockey. I get that the vast, vast majority of you Chicagoans are new to the sport — that much is obvious — but please, enough with the big bad Pronger whining. It makes you look ignorant, not to mention childish.

  23. Dennis - Jun 8, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    The Hawks have gotten the short end of the calls all series. A Hawks penalty was called for a high stick on Prongers just as a make up penalty for not calling one on the Briere high stick. So where was the make up penalty for the Flyers high sticking Campbell? What about the no call for goalie interfierence on Hartnell on one of the Flyers goals? No Flyer cross check penalty when Leighton got called for shoving the net off. Pitiful.

  24. jess - Jun 8, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Bitch please. I’m guessing your a black hawks fan or never had pronger on your team. Of course you r gonna hate him cause hes kicking ass in these playoff for bringing the flyers to the finals.

  25. go flyers - Jun 8, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Even though you are a hawks fan i do have to agree 100%, these reffs suck.

  26. mike - Jun 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Couple of comments about missed calls:
    1. Hartnell was in the crease on Philly 2nd goal. Goal should have been waved off…That used to be the rule.
    2. A blackhawks defenseman got a penalty for covering (holding) the puck. At the time his feet were in the crease. Covering the puck in the crease is penalty shot!!!! Why didn’t Philly get a penalty shot!!
    Why wasn’t any of this mentioned during the telecast and when did the rules change?? WTF?

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