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Hall questions if refs changed call over jumbotron replay

Dec 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-2.
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Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner got a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking the Avalanche’s Paul Stastny in the first period of Thursday’s contest in Colorado.

Taylor Hall didn’t have a problem with that level of punishment itself, but he felt that Gagner’s penalty was increased from a two-minute minor after the incident was replayed on the Pepsi Center’s jumbotron.

“I was just questioning the fact that they could change their call,” Hall said, according to the Edmonton Sun.

“(The incident) didn’t look great, it maybe should have been a five to start it off, I was just questioning why they could change it like that.”

Hall also ended up with an unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of the first period, forcing the team to start the second frame with a 5-on-3 disadvantage. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins went to talk to the referees after the first intermission.

He claims he “was basically told by the ref to … I can’t say what he said to me.”

Colorado ended up scoring with the two-man advantage, but that’s not what completely sank the Oilers. The ultimately fatal blow came towards the end of the period after Colorado’s Patrick Bordeleau got tagged for interference and the Oilers responded by allowing their league-worst eighth shorthanded goal.

  1. ron05342 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Maybe if you guys would start winning at least one game a week the refs might actually stop laughing and take you seriously.

    Until then, just shut the hell up.

    • Professor Fate - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Last time I looked the whole idea was to officiate the game in a way that allows the players to decide it, not show bias based on a team’s record. In your world losing results in the refs disrespecting you, which results in more losing.

      The refs miss calls, and sometimes call things that aren’t there, but I’m pretty sure they don’t go out onto the ice with the mindset that because a team has been losing it’s okay to stack the deck against them.

  2. kyegrace - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Oh Hockey Gods. You cray!

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