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Writer: NHL playoffs are ‘annoying’

Jun 17, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

Inconsistency in officiating during the Stanley Cup playoffs seems to have turned one writer off to the point where the individual prefers the regular season over the post-season.

Paul Kasprzak of The Guardian Express used the term “annoying” a few times in a piece about the playoffs, primarily to describe the feeling over the suddenly different standard in officiating from the regular season.

Here are two snippets of what Kasprzak wrote. Click here for the full version.

Living in Buffalo, N.Y., I am a hockey fan like many others in my city. Even though I am a hockey, the National Hockey League Playoffs are annoying.

The regular season in the NHL is great to watch. The reason is players can skate, players fight and penalties are called. When the playoffs commence it’s a totally different story as the referee’s whistle goes into their pockets.

And to finish:

So, until Gary Bettman is no longer commissioner or the NHL, the NHL playoffs are always going to be annoying.

The league and other hockey fans could counter with the recent ratings, which hold the NHL, not far removed from another lockout, in very high esteem.

According to the Associated Press, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins “attracted the most TV viewers for an opening game of the Stanley Cup finals in 16 years.”

But officiating – and the different standards in the playoffs – has been a source of frustration for hockey fans, players and those in the media.

Bettman has stood by his officials.

“The officials in this league are the best in the world, I believe – not just in hockey, but in any sport,” Bettman said during a press conference last week.

“I believe they have the most difficult job, and it always seems to undergo even more intense scrutiny this time of year.




  1. sjsblitz - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Ya that guy can go straight to hell

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      The writer is spot on. The officialls have allowed it to look more like roller derby on ice than hockey.

      The officials need to do more than break up fights as if overseeing a UFC fight. The interference that is being aloud to go on dumbs down the quality and entertainment value of the product.

      If all people want to see if mayhem style nonsense……..the UFC has plenty of events.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        allowed……auto fill issue

      • footballfan17 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        In my opinion this has been happening since the days of Jean Beliveau (not that he got many penalties, it’s just a time reference) So I don’t understand the whining.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        There was 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 where officiating was more consistent with the rule book, but the officiating has regressed since then.

    • no - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      how can you say that? after all, he is a hockey

    • imleftcoast - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      There’s an asterix as long as Bettman is commissioner. No call on Lucic for a cross check in Game 7 against Toronto, but 4 games to Torres.

  2. aklolzer - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    No wonder he likes the regular season, he’s a savers fan. Ha

  3. badintent - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Get rid of OT in the playoffs, costing me tons of $$ in popcorn and beer.Enough. Shootout sudden death. No refs calls to screw it up either.Let the players decide the winner.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      Winning a game in the shoot out is not a real way to win a game

    • sdlare53 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Having an individual skills contest to decide the outcome of a team game is a stupid idea. I don’t like it in the regular season, and I would like it even less in the playoffs. Nothing is more exciting than sudden-death overtime in hockey playoffs, and the best part is no commercials.

      • badintent - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        The best part is no commercials ?? Are you for real or drunk ? I wrote my comments tongue in cheek, but lots of you skinheads couldn’t figure it out, that high school dropout is coming back to haunt ya.

    • footballfan17 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Sorry if you can’t stand the excitement of an overtime hockey playoff game. Perhaps you should watch a different sport.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Yes and while we are at it, how about a foul shooting contest to decide a basketball game? How about a field goal kicking contest to win a football game? Or a homerun derby to decide a baseball game? Hell, let’s not even play the game, lets just go straight to it to save you money on popcorn and beer. Actually, I have a better idea, stay home and watch HGTV, moron

      • badintent - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Stick with football clown. Or is that Aussie rules football crap ? At least you have to understand a bit of strategy to follow a football game, no strategy in hockey except shoot the puck and hit the guy with his back turn in the head against the boards.Dumb game, dumber fans

    • hockey412 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Better yet, let the fans in attendance vote on the winner if it goes to OT. Now THAT’s home ice advantage.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        @hockey412, great idea, can’t believe I didn’t think of that

      • badintent - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        I second the motion, the motion is passed. New business

      • peterbuelow - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Too bad that didn’t happen about 10 years ago. There were many a Detroit Chicago game in the UC where Detroit would have won that vote, and by a large margin.

  4. killabri - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    So I guess the players can’t skate and fight in the playoffs either? OK, buddy.

    Ironically, the stance that the refs take in the playoffs of swallowing their whistles unless a felony is committed is one of the many things I admire about hockey – it lets the players decide the game and who is the best team. Sure fans get annoyed at calls we’d get in the regular season that we don’t in the playoffs – and I myself am guilty of this – but at the end of the day, we want to see the best team win in a 5 on 5 environment.

    If this hack wants to complain about the officiating, then he can mention the Chicago – Detroit “no goal” in Game 7 for starters. Instead, he chooses to whine about something that has been going on in hockey for decades in the officials swallowing the whistle. I won’t be giving him a click to read the rest of that pathetic piece of writing.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Best team does not equal goonery and interference……..In shape 50 year olds can hook hold and take cheap shots as well. Non of that is worth the price of a professional ticket.

      • killabri - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        As a 20 something who plays on occasion with in shape 50 year olds, I agree with you entirely! But I think the writer is making a mountain out of a molehill here. If a penalty is just blatantly committed it’s going to get called, and if the refs get tired of a player doing something in the game that’s borderline, then they pull him aside, have a quiet word with him and say you do it again you’re getting called.

        I think the bottom line is we have to ask do the refs have control of the game, and I think they do. I can’t recall watching any game where I thought they didn’t.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:04 AM

        That’s fair. My problem with it is that if said incident occurs and costs my team a scoring chance that could win a game, it’s not right.

        The refs can’t waiver on calls when playoff games and series are on the line.

      • killabri - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        I think we can all agree on that. What a fan of any sport wants in their officiating is consistency – there needs to be a very clear line on what you’ll allow and not allow. You need to set the line where ever you’re going to set it and stick to it throughout the course of the game. Despite the fact that I said above you swallow your whistle in the playoffs, if the ref thinks its penalty in the same in the first minute in Game 1, it’s a penalty in the last minute of Game 7. If you don’t call it both times then yes there’s a problem – the point in the game matters not.

      • chicagobtech - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        But there in lies the rub. You say you want consistency, yet you advocate for inconsistant officiating once the League shifts to the playoffs. If a penalty is called in the first minute of the first game of the season, why should it not be called in the last minute of the last game of the season? If your reply includes something along the lines of “…not wanting the refs to affect the outcome…” please stop. A penalty is a penalty, calling it or not calling it both impact the outcome of the game.

    • micasa81 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      I never understand the “let the players decide the outcome” argument during the playoffs. If that’s the right approach, why aren’t they doing it in the regular season too? And since when does allowing players to do illegal things without being penalized constitute “letting the players decide”? A ref who doesn’t call something that should be called, which then results in a goal, is meddling in the game’s outcome just as much as the one who calls an iffy penalty in which the other team subsequently scores on the powerplay. The only difference is the optics – refs who actively make a bad call are usually called out more than those who neglect to make a call when it’s warranted. But if, as Bettman says, the NHL has the best officials in the world, they shouldn’t care about optics as long as they’re doing their job, right?

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM


    • patmanbnl - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      One of the best answers to that “Players decide the game” argument came from something I once heard about a call late in a basketball game. “The players did decide the game. They decided to foul.” If a guy commits a dumb penalty and it costs his team the game that is still the players deciding the game. I love the intensity of playoff hockey, but having a different standard of officiating from the regular season is annoying.

  5. xxakshunxx - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    My problem is that they should call the game one way or the other, not change only for playoffs.. Love the less penalties just stay the same during the regular season

  6. 11thstreetmafia - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I really don’t watch hockey, but this series has been pretty exciting to watch. Maybe I’m missing something because I always have to reminded of what exactly is icing but it has been very fun to watch.

  7. pensman29 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Go vote ovie the hart or something. This man is a ratard.

    • sheckyrimshot - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      *rat turd

  8. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:11 AM


    With the sole exception of comrade Badintent, the assumption can be safely made that all of you ‘pansies’ are officers in the Lululemon Corporation, Men’s Division, Sports Brassieres … is that the deal ? I mean seriously, what do you tinker bells expect when a ‘men vs men’ showdown ensues ? In 2011 ‘Sister Sledge’ was dealt with in a most ‘ruthless’ of fashions. And then in 2012, our glorious LA Kings literally ‘crushed’ everything that lay in the way. Such is the sheer ‘brutality’ of life, which has neither the time or interest for the faint of heart. We face this reality ourselves in our everyday lives and therefore these ‘meek & pathetic’ cries of yours for ‘fairness’ equate to nothing more than wasted energy.

    ** special video selection for comrade Badintent ** :) :) :)

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Are you planning on movng out of your parents basement anytime soon?

      • blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Basements, multiple handles and weekend passes from the asylum …

        Isn’t it funny how it’s always the same old boring retorts from these ‘simplistic & negative’ idiots. Nonetheless, I’ve been told that God loves everyone and so ‘whatever’ I suppose eh ?

  9. pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    I am sorry that I wasted three minutes clicking the link and reading that poorly written and even more poorly edited piece. The writer is even more careless than the NHL officials he writes about. That article is just a complaint about the official blowing his whistle and waving off that Chicago goal. We are supposed to believe that would never happen in the regular season. Please stop linking to second rate online newspapers.

  10. kicksave1980 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    I’ll give officials all the credit in the world, because they are (supposedly) the best at their craft in the hockey world. In order to get to the NHL level, one would think that they know what they’re doing.

    You’ll never hear me complain about officiating here or anywhere else because idiots do that when their team lose, and they come off sounding ridiculous. The problem that I do have with officials and the mentality of some fans is that a ref can cost their team a game by calling a penalty. BS. If one of your players does something stupid in the last minutes of a game, your anger should be directed at that player, not the official for ringing him up. The reluctance to call penalties because of game situation is ridiculous and that needs to change.

    I’m someone who loved the game in the “clutch and grab” era and I love it just as much now. Pick a rulebook and roll with it whether it’s the first game of the season or the last game of the final.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      The clutch and grab era sucked thoroughly. I give credit where & when credit is due and the NHL post season officiating is not a place where any credit is due; they are lousy and inconsistent. It’s not about whether my team wins or loses because I have been complaining about a variety of calls in a variety of playoff series. Game situations and game management are, and have to be part of the process. We have a rulebook and that’s not the problem. The problem is the inconsistency in how the various rules are interpreted and implemented and that is where it becomes blatantly obvious that the refs are not on the same page. When it comes to eastern conference vs western conference, the refs don’t even appear to be in the same book.

  11. titansbro - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Who doesn’t like the more physical style of the playoffs? NBA fans, that’s who. Every play results in a foul. That’s why I jumped ship on the NBA & started following hockey. The NHL product is 10x better.

  12. s2mikey - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    OT is worse than any officials call. I’m tired of it. Three overtimes the other night? Really? Boston’s neutral zone clogging also hurts the game. Reminds me of the Devils way back when they won some cups with that trap nonsense. It made the game unwatchable and horribly boring. Gotta be a better solution than just basic OT. At least go 4 on 4 during OT or something…..

    • matt14gg - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Ridiculous comment since the Bruins don’t play a neutral zone trap. You should actually pay attention to what is going on instead of regurgitating something you read somewhere to make it look like you know what you’re talking about. Very few teams give up the blue line the way the Bruins do and they do it on purpose. They look to allow teams to enter the zone and then try to get turnovers and odd man rushes with opponents’ forwards, and occasionally pinching defensemen (looking at you Kris Letang), getting caught deep in the attacking zone.

      The Boston Bruins play NOTHING like the New Jersey Devils. You disguised some bogus hockey knowledge around a simple complaint that you don’t like OT. That’s a “you-problem” and I would suggest you are in the very small minority. Most real hockey fans love overtime.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Ridiculous comment about OT for sure, but the Bruins have been using a modified trap of sorts throughout the playoffs. You’ll just need to pay a little more attention. Nothing beats OT in the NHL playoffs and IMO, nothing beats the NHL playoffs for an exciting sporting event, except perhaps, the men’s olympic downhill.

      • mjdkid100 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        If you are a hockey fan and thought Game 1 & 2 were boring. You are an absolute idiot.

  13. rehmer2389 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    I stopped reading as soon as he said ” I am a hockey”

  14. tonyricemajorharris - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    That’s why Paul’s articles are a wasted read. I just tune him out. That guy has no credibility. Playoff hockey is some of the best sports entertainment on tv

  15. mpops86 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    His writing makes Puck Daddy read like Shakespeare. What a failure.

  16. gingerkid2000 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Sounds like this guy is a Sabres fan. In which case it’s understandable why he finds playoff hockey annoying.

  17. jacketsfan7 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    While I don’t think playoffs are “annoying” I love hockey , but the refs suck in the playoffs

  18. eanxdivr - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Is he really a hockey, or does he just play one on TV?

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Actually, he’s neither a hockey, nor does he play one on TV. BUT, he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

      • sdlare53 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        He didn’t sound very smart to me.

  19. tfaltin - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I bet he finds lingerie annoying too, that’s basically the analogy for playoff hockey. Excitement every fan can enjoy, outside of this clown.

  20. 2qswing - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    The only thing I wish they would call more is embellishment. One of the things that separates our great game from every other is the physical and mental sacrifice players pay specifically during the playoffs. Every time a player snaps their head back barely getting touched, or just falls down flailing their arms, it insults the game, not to mention the many players gutting it out with legit injuries. CALL IT and it will stop. Otherwise we become the nba or msl. There is a difference between tough aggressive physical play that draws a penalty and the afore-mentioned crap.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Amen to the embellishment calls brother, Amen I say!

      The Bruins are one of the worst for diving and feigning illegal hits/plays, but the first coach and fans to point the finger and whine about the other team.

      While the article, which I have not read, may not be well written and it may be able to take cheap shots at a Buffalo writer about the Sabres playoff woes, he is spot on about the officiating in the playoffs being absolutely annoying. I have officiating up through the junior ranks for over 20 years and I can tell you the A #1 thing players and coaches want is consistency. The NHL must know this but they still can’t figure it out.

      The “standard” for hooking is the most obvious problem, when you consider the hooking calls that get made in the regular season when a player’s stick is horizontal to the ice, whether it has any impact on the play or even if it is a light tap; it got called. Jagr got away with a blatant hooking on Malkin when much, much less has been called all season and that came on the heels of a hugely blown call in the Hawks/Wings game. In one play it took away a game winning goal, in the other it provided the advantage for the game winning goal. The NHL can’t reconcile those two plays with a straight face.

      It seems every game we are exposed to more nonsense from the zebras and more blown calls. I’ve said it before, but if these are the NHL’s best, then the NHL has a huge officiating problem. They have four guys on the ice, with one of the nitwit refs consistently calling stuff from 60-80 feet away but they can’t see the obvious goal the other night?

      • mjdkid100 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I love when people post a video with about 7 plays over a couple years and claim the Bruins dive all the time. Some of the other teams “dive” videos would be 30 minutes long…

      • bruininnh1984 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        if the bruin’s are one of the worst at diving/embellishment(which you claim), then who is the worst at this?? it couldn’t be montreal, no way; or how about the penguins, maybe vancouver? name me one team that you’re not a fan of that doesn’t dive or embellish?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        I might put Ottawa at the top of the list, but they don’t whine like coach Julie-Ann does in the post game presser.

        You’re right, it couldn’t be Montreal or the Penguins, possibly Vancouver.

        Detroit Red Wings or Chicago Blackhawks; take your pick.

      • pens5829 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Great video. Add Adam McQuaid’s classic dive that earned Matt Cooke a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. McQuaid acted like he got shot in the back, yet was back on the ice before Cooke even got his skates off. Tell us again how NHL officiating is fine?

      • matt14gg - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Still pissed your beloved Canucks/Habs lost?

        BTW, I enjoyed how you stated above that Bruins use a “modified trap…of sorts”. So in short you admit the defensive style they use is still NOTHING like the trap the Devils use. The point is every team uses some sort of defensive style. What the hell else are they going to do? The larger point is that the Bruins give up their blue line pretty easily and then try to get turnovers and odd-man rushes.

        As far as the diving issue, you are willing to delude yourself, because the two most notorious teams in the NHL for diving are the Canadiens and the Canucks and you and every other hockey fan in North America knows it.

        As far as the “no goal” the other night, they got the call right according to the rule book. It sucks that the Hawks were the victims, but every team in the league has had this type of call go against them at one time or another.

        Also, it’s funny how you have no problem with the “holding the stick” against Jagr in OT, right in front of the ref. Should have been called but it wasn’t. Same with the blatant slash on Marchand’s breakaway, when the Bruins were called for the same thing just minutes earlier. And that’s not even to mention Nick Leddy shooting the puck over the glass in OT, which was initially ruled a penalty and the refs just changed their minds. Terrible non-call.

        The truth is you couldn’t care less about the officiating as much as you hate the fact that the Bruins, the team you hate, might just win the Cup…again. Typical Montreal/Vancouver hockey fan. You claim to care about the sanctity of the game when all you really care about is the fact that your team, once again, is nowhere to be found in June.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Wowser, Matt14gg, you seem to struggle with reading comprehension. In short and AGAIN, to the point, YES the defensive style the B’s use IS somewhat like the Devils trap. Watch them crowd the zone between the red line and their blue line. Have your momma show you if necessary.

        The Bruins whining and diving is well documented. You can keep repeating Canadiens and Canucks all day long, but it doesn’t make it so; and part of it is your fascination with the Habs, but the balance is your immaturity.

        As far as the blown call on the goal the other night, even someone as stunted as you should recognize “at one time or another” is much different than the Stanley Cup finals. The refs need to be a lot better and I’m betting even you know that!

        Interesting how you inserted that whining paragraph about the calls your poor Bruins didn’t get. You have learned quite well from coach Julie-Ann’s post game whining tirades, but you sound as pathetic as he does.

        The truth is I’ve been a hockey official myself for over 20 years and it is one aspect of the game I follow very closely. It bugs me that these guys, at this level, have been this bad in this post season when they are impacting the outcome of games. The game is not sacred to me. I do care about the integrity of the game, and Bettman has negatively impacted that with multiple lockouts, putting teams in places like Arizona & south Florida where it doesn’t belong among other things and that is well known every year with the chorus of boos he gets when handing off the Stanley Cup.

        I hate to burst your bubble, but I’m not a Vancouver fan. I’m one of the few Canadiens fans who doesn’t hate the Bruins, as you suggest, but as a Canadiens fan I am very familiar with hockey this time of year. The fact is that my Canadiens win about 25% of the Championships; that’s a fact.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I was not happy watching Shaw snap his head back to draw the cross-check penalty the other night. I know he’s playing the pest role, and he looks like he’s enjoying it, but that was a bit too far.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I suppose a guy should snap his head back when some 6’9″ pylon cross checks him in the chin. Stand up and take it you say.

  21. reasonableperson1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Completely agree, the difference between regular season and playoff officiating is an embarrassment for the sport.

    A penalty is a penalty no matter the time of the game, or if it’s regular or post-season. The game gets bogged down with all the clutching and grabbing taking away the skill. Hopefully the rest of the Stanley Cup finals avoids this but I won’t be holding my breath.

  22. matthewmacisaac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I think the playoffs are great because you get to see more 5 on 5 play. I have to admit the refs have missed some blatant calls (Chicago got away with two blatant stick-holding infractions in game 2). The best part of it is it eliminates the awful embellishments that goes on during the regular season. It kills me when a player snaps his head back and falls as if he is shot, gets the high-sticking call, and then you see on the replayhe didn’t even get touched. I also hate the automatic slashing call when these composite sticks break because of stick on stick contact. It’s so weak. Playoff hockey is the best and shouldn’t be messed with.

  23. kingme30 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    This guy is an idiot, and writes in Buffalo…a city known for cold winters, not much to do, and crippling depression…enough said.

  24. rahavort - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    That isn’t news, it’s an opinion. By the way, the NBA playoffs are far more annoying than the NHL playoffs

    • sdlare53 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      What’s an NBA?

  25. irokkit - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    This writer hasn’t been watching the game long enough. He must be some scrub out of Duke or some other Ivy League building. I wonder if he can remembering seeing Andy Van Hellmond actually ref a game live?
    No disrespect if I miss spelled your name Andy. I apologize if I have.
    Inconsistency is a quirk of our game. The players know the refs just as much as the reverse. Tendencies and character make this game great. It’s not golf, although I would watch golf if checking was allowed. (Ha ha, yeah I love that commercial)

    • jl9830 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      I must have missed the memo declaring Duke an Ivy League school.

  26. taylorgang24 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    The calls have been horrible. My biggest beef is when the refs try to cure bad calls with even worse calls favoring the opposite side. It’s insane. Because so much flies in the playoffs, it becomes way more about giving the appropriate side the next penalty than anything else.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      You sir, have hit the proverbial nail on the head.

  27. valarmorghuliss - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    He’s right to a degree, I’m getting tired watching game 1 being called legit and by game 4 whistles being put in the pockets.

  28. s2mikey - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Hey matt14gg, maybe you need the lesson in watching hockey. NBC clearly showed and commented on Boston with four guys covering the neutral zone after which they mentioned that Chicago needs to get the puck in deep and chase it in order to beat Boston’s neutral zone wall. Once Chicago did that, opportunities opened up. Maybe they aren’t as sleep inducing as the devils were but the idea was the same….slow the game way down and play most of it in between the blue lines waiting for odd man chances or whatever. That’s what the whole world sees. Maybe you can find replays of the games on YouTube to see what millions of other people saw? Geesh.

    • matt14gg - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      The difference is the Blue Line! The Bruins do not trap the neutral zone (other than in certain circumstances), they trap teams once they get into the zone. They are soft on their blue line and funnel teams to outside the dots. This means they are willing to give up scoring chances, at least from the outside, and then thump other teams and cause turnovers. That is the difference. The Devils trapped the Neutral Zone (Jacques LeMaire’s system which he got from….the Montreal Canadiens and Scotty Bowman), which is very different. This bogs the game down completely and allows almost no offense on either side. It’s awful to watch. The tradeoff is you don’t give up many scoring chances, but you don’t get many either.

      BTW, I know what NBC said and I also know they took a rare instance where the Bruins trapped the neutral zone, and even in that case it was a diamond shape (one guy up high in the middle) to move the puck carrier to the outside. If you can’t see the difference just look at the shots on net. The Bruins give up a lot based on their system, but most of these shots are from the outside. The Devils used to give up about very few shots per game because of the Neutral Zone trap. There is a big difference between the two systems and they should know that.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        The radon in your mother’s basement may be impacting your cognitive abilities Matt14gg, get upstairs and outside for a breather, you’ll feel a lot better.

        No offense on either side? What about Bowman’s Canadiens or Red Wings teams? You never heard mention of the neutral zone trap until LeMaire introduced it in NJ and Bowman’s teams knew how to light the lamp repeatedly.

        LeMaire did not get the neutral zone trap from Scotty Bowman or the Canadiens you fool.

        Wait, maybe I’m the fool for having this discussion with a 15 year old.

  29. steelers4385 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    All sports are stupid now. Atleast getting real close. Hockey refs are inconsistent, football is like 2 hand touch, and bball is about what team can flop around best like a fish out of water. The only way anyone would change anything is if literally people stood together. Hey were not buying any merchandise or going to a game untill you change this. And they would. But people in america are lazy. Have no patience anymore. Not all, but most. So if nobody wants to do anything about it, shut up and deal. Be happy we have these great sports. It could be alot worse. Could be in another country watching soccer.

  30. davidmessina63 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I disagree. The playoffs are great in the NHL. Yes it’s a different breed of hockey…that’s why they call it playoff hockey. Playoffs have been great this year. There will always be whining about whether the refs call this and not that but that is part of the game. Penalties are more or less irrelevant especially in the cup with both the Hawks and the B’s having great PK’s.

    • adambballn - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      The issue isn’t with the lack of power plays. The issue is the grabbing and holding of players that don’t have the puck not being called as interference, which is what that is. If the refs call this once or twice at the beginning of the game the teams would adjust and the problem would be fixed. This is slowing down the game and taking away the skill element. Hockey should be hockey in the playoffs and in the regular season… the rule book doesn’t change just because the playoffs start. You can play physical hockey without interfering with the other team.

  31. pmonte3122 - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Here we go with the Buffalo insults. Sure this guys in buffalo, but I doubt his opinion would change if he was in another city or at least born in one.

  32. rangersfan2430 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Guys, cut this reporter some slack. Of course the playoffs are going to “Annoying” for him considering the fact that he’s from Buffalo and his team never makes the playoffs!

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