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PHT Extra: Should the NHL admit its big mistakes?

Apr 13, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

In the latest PHT Extra, Mike Halford and Jason Brough — aka the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of hockey blogging — delved into the controversial world of NHL officiating.

The first three days of the postseason have been marked by questionable decisions, missed calls and a league-issued apology, all of which begs the question:

Should the NHL admit its big mistakes?

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In closing, we’d like to say we meant no ill will towards against Tony Sericolo, a fine veteran linesman with over 800 games of NHL experience. We also hear he makes a nice pasta fazool.

  1. bmscalise - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Who cares about an apology? The officials missed multiple calls that literally determined the outcome of games.

    Bottom line: these “mistakes” continue to happen with regularity because the league refuses to enforce its rulebook. We’re watching dead-puck era hockey again because the incompetent dinosaurs running the league want it that way. The “let the boys play” attitude is ruining hockey and makes these mistakes inevitable: there is no standard, just want the officials arbitrarily decide to call that day. No consistent rules, no consistent officiating. Officials seem scared to make calls.

    The primary problem isn’t even holding officials accountable (although that would help) – its that no one – players, officials, fans – actually knows what the rules will be from period to period, let alone from game to game.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Only if they admit they want the penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals !

  3. nobandwagoners - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I’d rather have HONEST mistakes made by the refs vs. inconsistent calls from game to game or even period to period. Enforce the rules that are there and enforce them throughout the entire season, i.e., including playoffs.

    The players adjust to what is allowed or not. The game was doing fine without allowing all the clutching and holding, picks, etc., to sneak back in. Why not keep with it?

    • taytay099 - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Yeah, I agree. Missing the rare offside or too many men call can happen and nothing can be done about it. It rarely happens, but it’s a human mistake.

      I hate seeing a ref being very active with the whistle over trivial things like calling “hooking” when a player’s stick might make contact with the player’s glove or arm. Then in the next game there might be a whole bunch of potential hooking or tripping calls that go uncalled when they’re in plain view of the refs; it’s just a case of “letting them play.” Inconsistent reffing is what really kills me.

  4. biasedhomer - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    If they are going to point out only one or two mistakes, then they must point out all mistakes in the playoffs. But they will not do that, since some teams are favored more than others.

  5. polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Officiating mistakes are human. Deal with it. It is what it is in every sport.

    If anyone can do better, then sign up!

    What’s NOT ok, is crap like Weber did to Hank. That’s not a mistake, that’s irresponsible and outrageous. Pure intent to injure… who cares if the injury wasn’t substantial?

    Shanny intentionally let it slide due to playoffs. Hypocrisy and CAUSING more on-ice justice. Ok then, game on.

    • toeblake2012 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      this is where having an ex-player as the discipline guy is bad – if shanahan suspends weber, then nashville goes crazy. its an ex-red wing suspending one of nashville’s best d-men. although i think he should be suspended for at least a game.

  6. toeblake2012 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    as an on-ice official and player you know mistakes happen. its part of the gig. you see what you see and it happens really quick. Even if the liney admitted that he missed it after the goal, he could not recall the goal. I’ll always admit a mistake to the team that i screwed. as do most officials. what should never happen and i do not recall it ever happening this way is the organization hanging the ref out to dry. Campbell should be ashamed. It just strengthens the argument that the nhl favors the pens. You go to box for 2 minutes – you feel shame.

  7. lordstanley65 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    RIGHT! Shameful that Weber didn’t get zapped with a suspension for that nonsense. Way to go,Shanny. Mr. Inconsistant…

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