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May 29, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

NHL officials are almost always going to draw home fans’ ire at some point in a game. Still, there are times when guys make calls so polarizing that they might not want to return to that city.

Stephen Walkom might just feel that way about Chicago after he waved off what would have been a 2-1 goal by Niklas Hjalmarsson in Game 7:

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  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Funny thing, you can’t score goals after a whistle. Easy waive off

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Two problems with that.
      1 – The whistle never should have been blown. Another blow call by Stephen Walkom. Let’s hope he’s done for this post season.
      2 – What came first, the whistle or the goal.

      The bottom line is that was just an incredible horrible call with 1:47 to go and two guys doing what a couple of guys do all year without a call, primarily because it had absolutely zero impact on the play in the offensive zone. Walkom is awful.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Absolutely horrendous. Calling coincidental minors, BEHIND the play is always a no-no at the lowest levels of the game, let alone Game 7 in the NHL.

    I’ve tried to give a pass to the refs through the playoffs because it is a tough job but this is inexcusable at the pro-level.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Just curious why people think that’s a good call?

      • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        I couldn’t tell whether Saad roughed Quincey before or after the goal. But Saad definitely retaliated for the check/tackle. So, solely due to timing, I don’t know if it was a good call or not. I do however vehemently disagree with your coincidental minors blanket statement–if the infractions are committed, call them, period.

      • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        I’m with Sabatimus on this. How many times do we have to hear or read the phrase, “If it’s a penalty on the first game of the year, it’s a penalty during the playoffs”?

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        It wasn’t a good call. That kind of play happens ALL the time and very rarely gets called, because it’s WAY behind the play, it has zero impact on the game and it’s coincidental. Break them up like they always do, particularly with less than 2:00 to go in game 7 and move on. The problem this year is we’ve come to learn that the officials want to insert themselves into determining the outcome of the game and this is the garbage we have to endure from Walkom.

  3. bucrightoff - May 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I’m guessing this won’t be talked about much if Detroit wins

  4. hockinj25 - May 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    It doesn’t matter the situation, there were coincidental penalties and the ref blew the whistle. By the way, Seabrook should be getting a call from the league for hitting a ref.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Those aren’t penalties, especially when they occur behind the play.

  5. joeandcambria - May 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Should’ve been a call before that, Zetterberg was tripped right before Quincey and Saad got tangled up.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      That looked suspect to me, but I couldn’t tell if it was a trip or Zetterberg slipped.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Z was dog tired and actually fell when he was battling to get the puck out of the zone.

  6. xavier46 - May 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The officiating has be awesome this postseason. These guys have nailed every call perfectly! I mean these guys are almost as good as those NFL replacement refs!

    • bettmanistheworstever - May 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Just a perfect end to the series for Bettman. A huge run and elbow to the head of a Wings player on the boards, not called, that leads to the “winning goal.” Die NHL, just die. You’ve been killing a great sport for too long. Nothing particular against the Blackhawks, mind you. I really don’t care about them either way. The NHL just smells, really, really bad.

      • taintedlombardis - May 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        NHL has smelled rotten since the 04-05 lockout.

      • hammerhead5573 - May 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Yet you come here on PHT to post comments. Feel free to watch something else if it is so bad.

      • bettmanistheworstever - May 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        I have hammerhead dude, for a really long time, abandoned the NHl. I only got briefly got drawn back in to see the Wings defy Bettman with their amazing playoff streak. Nothing for or against the Hawks at all. Go HKL!

    • jimw81 - May 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      It’s Walkom being Walkom in a league where there’s never been any refereeing consistency.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        How does someone that bad, get to officiate a game 7?

  7. trinityeagle - May 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    As a die hard Red Wings fan, this series ended exactly as it should have. The call was blown and it would have been a hollow victory had Detroit won.

    • esracerx46 - May 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      As a diehard Hawks fan, I appreciate you being so forthcoming. But, if the Wings would have won, it shouldn’t feel hollow. Officiating is part of it. Bad calls happen. Whether I agree with the penalty or not, its the officials discretion. Walkom is one of the best in the league and he felt both players were deserving of penalties. I have long said, a penalty is a penalty. The setting shouldn’t change that, nor should what’s going on around it. Now, let’s get one thing straight. I’m going to be honest and say I would probably feel much differerently if the Hawks lost. Been nice having the Wings as rivals. Hopefully meet up in the Finals soon. Tonight felt like itwas a Stanley Cup Finals game.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        If Walkom is one of the best in the league, then the league has a HUGE officiating problem that they need to deal with. I agree with the previous poster who stated this league has been dieing a slow death for a few years now. I used to be glued to the tube during the playoffs for any and every game, but it’s gotten to the point that it gets so bad at times that I just don’t have the interest in it. I get drawn back occasionally, particularly like last night for a game 7, but we can expect some BOZO call late in a game, then you can count me out.

  8. stakex - May 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Well the call wasn’t “blown”. The ref decided to call matching penelties behind the play and blew it dead before (or right as) the Hawks scored. The decision to call those penelties is a very strange one, but the goal being waved off was actually the right call after that. Ref decided to blow the whistle, and the goal was scored after that…. pretty strait forward.

    • lopo - May 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      the intent to blow the whistle was there before Hjalmarsson even had the puck. There was a single reply of that followed by stupidity that is known as NBCSN commentators back in the Studio – Mike and Dbag.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        I agree Milbury is a big Dbag. You don’t know if the intent to blow the whistle was there before anyone had the puck, so don’t be a Dbag yourself. The only one who knows the intent to blow the whistle is the Dbag in the striped shirt who decided he’s going to make himself the center of attention, rather than letting them play like they do on that kind of play for 95% of the season and 100% of the time late in a game 7, until Dbag Walkom comes along.

      • lopo - May 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        No, the replay from the far end of the rink showed the intent, his arm was coming up to blow the whistle before Hjalarsson had the puck.

  9. rgledz - May 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Hey hockinj……what exactly did Saad do to get a minor Penalty??? He got dumped to the ice after a clean hit. The whistle should not have blown…..period. Seabrook bailed that ref out after making a historically bad call.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Saad punched Quincey in the chops while Saad was laying on the ice.

      • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

        That’s what I saw, too. Had he not retaliated, it would have likely been a delayed penalty on Quincy, washed out by the goal. You can also see the ref has the whistle up before Hjalmarsson gets the puck. The Madhouse was simply too loud to hear it.

  10. rgledz - May 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    @trinityeagle……I couldn’t agree more. Respect to you and the Wings. Helluva series. Go Hawks!

  11. ndrick731 - May 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Exactly what did saad do to deserve a penalty. Never knew getting checked into the bench or being body slammed to the ice is a penalty. That is either a penalty on the wings alone on nothing. If hawks had lost walkom would have gone down in history with Leon stickle as an official that decided a series. Of course good old Leon actually decided a cup final.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Why is everyone ignoring the fact that Saad punched Quincey? It was right there for all to see.

      • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        That kind of crap happens constantly along the boards, scrums in front of the net and NEVER gets called. It’s game 7 with less than 2:00 to go and Walkom should have some sense of where he is in the game. Get out of the way and let the player’s decide the outcome. Marchmallow punched Sedin in the face three or four times a couple of years ago and NOTHING was called. This was the worst of a bunch of horrible calls this postseason.

      • jrhawk - May 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        So what? He gets bodyslammed to the boards then the ice and you want him to congratulate Quincy?? Geezuz, whatta moron!

  12. jimw81 - May 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I hope this is a huge wake up call for the nhl. they got 99 issues with refs and shanahan is one.

    • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      There are problems with Shanny’s department.

      Shanny’s department doesn’t run the refs.

  13. joeyg88 - May 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Chicago 3 Detroit 1

    • esracerx46 - May 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Really dude? What exactly does that mean? That’s something Canucks fans would pull. We just won the series. Show a little class and win gracefully.

      • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        Thank you.

        LGRW! (for next season, of course)

  14. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The ref blew the whistle before the pass was anywhere close the NH. This is indisputable. However, one can argue that the ref didn’t have to call penalties on that play.

    Prior to the goal Seabrook iced the puck from 10-15 feet inside the red line. Bone head icing in OT. After the face off there was a scramble in front of the hawks net, and Crawford kept the puck out. The first player to thank Crawford was Seabrook who tapped him on the head. Then Seabrook scores the winner after a great hit by Shaw who separated Nyquist??? from the puck allowing to Seabrook to shoot the puck off of Ericsson past Howard.

    Anyone notice Shaw kick Abdelkader from behind during the above mentioned scrum? Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s fined or at the least warned. Ugly stuff when players start kicking.

    • sabatimus - May 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      From what I’ve seen, Shaw is a class-free player.

      • jrhawk - May 30, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        …and the whining continues…

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Babcock did a great job with the team this year following the loss of key veterans. It was an adjustment year with many positives. Wings should be a very formidable team next year.

    Fitting that Hawks move to the WCF. Kings, with the best goalie right now will be very difficult to beat. Crawford is good, but he’s a few notches from being where he needs to be. He mostly needs to do better with rebounds and controlling the puck wken in the butterfly position. Notice his awkwardness when trying to freeze the puck when it’s along the ice. Kings in 6.

  16. rkrocks34 - May 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    The only blown call was the fact that Detroit was assessed a penalty in the matching minor. The Blackhawks retaliation as a result of the perfectly legal hit should’ve been the only call. Regardless the penalty happened before the goal therefore the play was dead right at that point, of course that just gives Keith Jones one more chance to waive his avalanche flag in the Red Wings face!

    • bettmanistheworstever - May 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM


  17. chibimike - May 30, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    What does it matter what Mike Milbury says? His record with the Islanders makes him hockey’s Bozo non grata.

  18. blkeskimo1785 - May 30, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Sooo…does this mean Walkom isn’t moving on to the next round?

    • hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I’d bet a bowl of tater tots that he is.

  19. bhawk729 - May 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Hard-fought series by the Wings. Very happy to see my Hawks came out on top though. I’ll miss the rivalry

  20. icrew29 - May 30, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I guess all of you are perfect. Unless you have every played the game of hockey just watching the game does not make you an expert. Instead of complaining about the refs how about coming up with a solution to the problem. I for one think there are way to many rules. Shooting the puck over the glass should not be a penalty. That play along the boards that caused the whistle to void the Hawks goal, 30 years ago would never have been called. We need less ref participation. I wish they would put a mic on the refs so you could hear the BS the refs say to the players. Another thing, QUIT giving special treatment to the top players. The way it is today if you touch one of them they slash you and get away with it. There are 2 refs on the ice, there is no reason to miss a high stick and no reason to make a call to even things up. Refs have a supervisor and he needs to supervise, be a good place to start.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Some good points here. I’ve played for over 40 years, still don’t know enough to stop and I’ve officiated for over 20 years and I am smart enough to start winding this part down. A ref who makes it to that level has to learn to leave his own ego in the locker room. We’ve seen it with Kerry “it’s all about me” Fraser, we saw it with Bill “i’m the tough guy out here” McCreary and now we’re seeing it with another bunch of knuckleheads. The fans don’t come to see the refs determine the outcome of the game. Let the players play and let the players decide who wins the game. Make the calls that need to be made when they impact the play, are dangerous or are just so blatant it has to be called. Don’t make the calls that aren’t called 95% of the time, particularly when they have zero impact on the game and are 80 feet behind the play; zero impact. As far as shooting the puck over the glass, I think the refs should have some discretion on that rather than an automatic 2:00. The refs have discretion on almost every other rule in the book and this one is a big mistake. I wholeheartedly agree we need much less ref participation. Wayne Gretzky made a career out of the special treatment he got and Crosby has benefitted mightily from the same thing. Crosby is an excellent player, don’t get me wrong, but the special kid glove treatment he gets while whining about the other team is pathetic. If one ref is 10 or 15 feet from a play and sees the play and doesn’t make a call, then the ref half way down the ice should be prohibited from making a bogus call. That is the one situation that drives me up a wall as a ref with over 20 years experience.

  21. boisehockeyref - May 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Another person who has played and reffed for 40 years…bottom line…he as the back official is to watch players behind the play. He did his job. Regardless of what you alk may think. We can debate till the cows come home if it was matching penalties or not. But in a prodedural sense, in a 4 man system, he executed the call properly. It’s situatii ns like this why they installed 2 referees. And while I agree both huys need to be on the same page, it doesn’t happen all the time. I have worked 4 man and it’s not easy. And yes I do like the Hawks (tho a Ranger fan)… but sorry folks…he didn’t completely botch this.

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