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Video: Crosby whistled for questionable hooking penalty

May 24, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

The postseason form of NHL officiating was under the microscope again on Friday in Pittsburgh during Game 5 of the Penguins-Senators series.

After a skate-directed goal from Brenden Morrow was allowed to stand as the game’s opening marker, referee Dan O’Rourke whistled Pens captain Sidney Crosby for a hooking penalty on this incident with Ottawa’s Eric Condra:

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The call drew quite the reaction on Twitter:

Pittsburgh killed the subsequent power play and finished the first frame up 1-0. The Pens are now just 40 minutes away from advancing to their first Eastern Conference finals since 2009.

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  1. pennerismyhomeboy - May 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    terrible call

  2. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Yeah, that was insane. Great steal by Crosby.

  3. bruins18 - May 24, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Smh more terrible officiating

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 25, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      The Pens won 6-2……..I wasn’t happy about the call either but the refs were simply trying to be attentive. It happens. I was bothered more over the couple of blatent interfernce calls that Crosby drew that nothing was called on. But with all the talk about officiating I’m not surprised they tried to let the players play early.

      When it became obvious they had to start making calls or the game was going to get ugly…..and they did……I was fine with it.

      They have a tough job. They’ve done alright thus far.

    • holeecowman - May 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      waaaaa waaaaaa waaaaaa says the fraud pens fans. baby need a diaper change

  4. modellforprez - May 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    these NHL regular refs are worse than NFL replacement refs by far. if im lucky enough to catch one. we will thumb wrestle

  5. windmiller4 - May 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    The nhl needs to completely re evaluate their officials, and overhaul their system of training, because this can’t keep happening

  6. grillmarks - May 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    If you look at the replay you can see how he made the call. Ref was at a bad angle and at the same time of a poke from Crosby the defender stuttered, not because of Crosby. Wrong all but understandable.

  7. our12tfp - May 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Don’t know what everyone was looking at, even my girl friend saw the CURVE OF THE STICK ACROSS THE HANDS, TWO MINUTES ! PIERRE is a moron for his ‘phantom call’ remark. What, just because it’s Crosby, he can’t have a penalty called against him. Too much coddling of ‘superstars’, no matter the sport. Sure, it may not have been a ‘great’ call, but it was hooking, PERIOD !

    • coronakid76 - May 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      The hooking penalty has been towing the line all season. I have watched plenty of games where the stick only had to touch/graze the waist and it was called immediately. Crosby embellishes every call against him and cries for every penatly not called. I have no respect for him as a player, remarkable skill set or not! Pierre is just biased! I would like to see them have another play by play guy for Pitt games as he makes it too obvious about the Boner he has for pittsburgh!!! I especially enjoyed when he wore the Penguins Championship Ring and talked about it at the beginning of a game for like 10 mins during the end of the season or Game 1 of the 1st round.

  8. ironmike778 - May 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I despise Pitt and Crosby but gotta call it for what it was, a rotten call.

  9. dannymac17 - May 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    didnt watch the game, but thats as bad as it can get.

  10. holeecowman - May 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    terrible call NOOOOOO! phantom maybe….
    cindy just got a taste of his own b/s. now if that was cindy receiving the hook and it wasn’t called the entire city of pitt would be in an uproar. god forbid these phantoms calls don’t happen more often to this cheap team. eat your Wheaties girls boston going to take it to you.

    on another note tell cindy to wash that marker off his face we all know he cant grow a beard. lol

  11. holeecowman - May 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    oh yea I forgot to mention who effing cares so what the face of the nhl/bettmans boy toy got a penalty. if you cant take it don’t dish it or embellish it cindy time to grow up and cut the umbilical cord

  12. holeecowman - May 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    cindys thoughts while sitting in the box I should’ve swallowed for him then I wouldn’t be here nor got that call

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