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Video: Mike Milbury calls officiating ‘lousy’

Jun 7, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

Whether you’re griping about obstruction calls that don’t come (or come too inconsistently) or rolling your eyes at the latest puck-over-the-glass penalty, chances are that the 2013 playoffs will provide fans with opportunities to complain.

It turns out fans aren’t alone, though. Many pundits, writers and other observers have critiqued the zebras this postseason. As you can see from the video below, Mike Milbury hasn’t been happy with the way they’re using their whistles, either.

  1. taintedlombardis - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    He’s only complaining because they aren’t doing enough for Pitt from NBC’s standpoint. The truth is, they let Pitt get away with a ton, especially in the 2nd.

    • sabatimus - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      On both sides.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      You do know he’s from Boston, played for the Bruins, coached the Bruins and lives right outside of Boston now right?

      • billsboy88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Lol, dude that was hilarious.

    • drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      you are still an idiot. some things never change

  2. taintedlombardis - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Not too outraged about the hit on Krug was he? If it was Crybaby, it would have been the lead.

    • jbasiglone - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Krug was boarded and by today’s standards his head was targeted. There was no call and minimal commentary about the collision. Whereas on the other hand, when Crosby ended up on his backside, the video clip was shown over and over again. Crosby didn’t learn from his accidental collision in the Winter Classic a couple years ago.

      Since Crosby is a ‘protected species’ in the NHL, Crosby does not have to have his head on a swivel to look around and be aware of opponents in his near vicinity. How dare an opposing player not alter his skating line so as to allow Crosby to skate wherever he desires.

      Nothing was said about Crosby’s cheap shot crosscheck to the back of Jaomir Jager. Right in front of the linesman, from behind, Crosby crosscheck on the game’s ‘elder statesmen’, a crosscheck that sent Jager down to the ice went uncalled. Jager is not a dirty player and didn’t deserve this cheapshot from the punk. Crosby is like the Sedin twins, they are only tough guys when the opponents back is to them.

      If you repeat the lie enough, people start to think it is true. Almost all of the major media hockey outlets are staffed by Canadian analysts. Hockey is everything to Canada. Put it this way, the Canadian press and media has claimed that in 1972, the Canadians beating the U.S.S.R. was as significant in Canada as the Moon Landing was in U.S.; further, in the same 1972 exhibition match against the U.S.S.R., after a game three loss in Vancouver, Phil Esposito’s post game interview was touted as the Canadian equivalent of the Gettysburg Address. This gives you the mindset of the folks who bring you most of your major media hockey information. This mindset believes winning a hockey match is nearly as monumental as landing on the moon and a hockey player blathering in a post game interview is nearly as significant as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
      So with this mindset, could any hockey player outside of Canada ever be considered as ‘the greatest hockey player in the league’? The answer is NO!. For the major NHL media outlets to ever consider a player to be the best player in the league, that player must be Canadian born.

      Even though Milbury and Roenick are American, they know where their bread is buttered and even though they say some controversial things, the unforgivable sin is to go against the NHL media mantra, that mantra being, “Without question, Sidney Crosby is the best player in the game”. On the other hand, a great player like Ovechkin is open to any and all criticism and praise is begrudgingly bestowed upon them. Take for instance the NHL channel’s ticker that would show news and stats around the league, when Ovechkin became the leader in goals scored, the “Leader” segment on the ticker was suddenly deleted. Here they had everything else from scores, transactions and other news, but the “Leaders” segment was no longer shown. Funny how before Ovechkin took the lead from Stamkos, the “Leaders” segment on the ticker was shown. But when the regular season is in the stretch run, when those stats have some significance as who will be the final leader at the end of the season, the “Leader” stats are deleted just as soon as Ovechkin overtook Stamkos.

  3. anotheryx - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Mike Milbury is and has been a hack… He is a decent entertainer, no idea what he is doing here during playoff though. Why anyone take him serious is beyond me.

  4. foleysfish - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Milbury is not whining the officials have been horrible in all the playoffs. It’s not about the teams it’s about how bad it is in every game with any of the teams. If he was biased he wouldn’t say nothing because he is a Boston Fan anyway. I used to think people were crazy when they would say officials try to influence games. Not anymore in the NHL. There is absolutely no consistency in anything they do. The NHL has 0 credibility when it comes to suspensions and officiating. Anyone with eyes can see that.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    It’s just so inconsistent

    • jackrabbit56 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:13 AM

      Consistently so…

    • kotteintheslot - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      I disagree. They consistently give home teams more pp’s, they consistently call bad make up penalties, they call nothing in the the third period on. Except when a goal is scored in the last 2 mins of game 7…actually never mind. You’re right.

      • jbasiglone - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        What about Crosby crosschecking Jager from behind? Jager was skating off the ice and Crosby forcefully crosschecks him from behind, sending Jager down to the ice. A linesman was looking directly at the incident and the back referee should have clearly seen this cheapshot. Whereas earlier in the game Marchand was given a crosscheck penalty for a less egregious contact when the Pittsburgh player was skating backwards right into Marchand.

        When has Crosby ever been given a penalty for any of his cheapshot antics?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Well two things, it’s Jagr, not Jager. Second, and it’s always great to have new fans to the game. but linesmen are not able to call cross-checking penalties.

  6. sharkmaster88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Mike Milbury usesly I disagree with you BUT this time it is very obvious that the NHL wants an Chicago Boston final it is blantantly that I will not be watching next year

  7. neelybourque778 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    You guys are morons. Millbury is spot on about the refs. He’s also an unfiltered voice which is EXACTLY what fans should want. It’s refreshing.

  8. tlndma - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    If they want the refs to call eveything that goes on out on the ice, there’s going to be a lot of 3 on 3 situations. When was the last time you watched any hockey game and thought every call was made and made correctly. I didn’t like a lot of calls and non calls either. It’s an incredibly hard job. For a guy who played like Millbury ( on the edge constantly) to indict all the refereeing, I just find that an unfair analysis. On most of the plays he shows, you could make logical explanation of why or why not a call was made. An explanation that would satisfy all, of course not. It’s not always black and white.

    • jbasiglone - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      No it is not that you want the refs to call everything, just call the game consistently. There is an agenda the refs are following and there is an agenda the league office and Brendan Shanahan are following. The agenda was to get the NHL’s face of hockey, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins into the Stanley Cup finals.

      Pittsburgh is arguably the dirtiest team in hockey. Considering the dirty play of this team, they have received light disciplinary treatment from officials on and off the ice. Matt Cooke, need I say more. If Raffe Torres pulled 25% of the crap Cooke gets away with, Torres would be banned from the league.

      Too bad more players are not outspoken. I’m sure if you could interview players from the NHL and if they gave you an honest answer, they would tell you that there is an agenda and that the play of the game has been altered to accommodate one player and one player in particular.

  9. drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    you all know boston outplayed pittsburgh and your still on here whining about crosby. give it a break peckerheads.

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