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Glass, Penguins not happy with officiating after shootout loss to Habs

Feb 28, 2014, 1:29 AM EST

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Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins had a collectively strong critique of the officiating following a 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Penguins forward Tanner Glass was assessed a major penalty for elbowing after a hit on Alexei Emelin, and a game misconduct with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period, and with Pittsburgh ahead with a 5-4 lead.

However, less than two minutes after Glass was penalized, the Habs tied the game on a power play goal from Daniel Briere. The Canadiens went on to win in the deciding skills competition.

Glass didn’t like the call, saying he did not make contact with Emelin’s head on the hit.

“There were some calls out there that you struggle to see where they’re coming from,” Glass said, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But they’ve had some time off, too.

“I understand why he called it from his angle … It looked bad with the follow-through. I didn’t make any contact with his head at all. He put his sticks and gloves up.

“That’s why I followed through the way I did, to keep the stick away from my face.”

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    Still a garbage call.

    • nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

  2. theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Total BS call,dude hit himself in the face.

    • nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:15 AM

  3. skinsovieterps - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    Oh shut up Penguin fans, the nerve, they get 99% percent of all calls because you have that princess #87 on your team.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:25 AM

      Oh boy you really told us. We are now shamed.

    • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      Actually the Pens are way down at 20th in the league as far as power play opportunities. Not that your comment had much credibility to it anyway. Will there be anything else, oh Longfellow of the comment section?

      • c9castine - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        lol yeah whatever.

        league must have forgot about its conspiracy to help us when they gave montreal a 5 minute PP late in the 3rd because Emelin punched himself in the face

      • yougotgirouxed - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        That point is less meaningful when you also look at the fact that the Pens are bottom half in PIM when you can watch a game and see the crap they get away with game in game out. Thats what skinsovieterps is crying about

      • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I watch pretty almost every game, every season, and I’m extremely objective when viewing (love the game, not just the Pens) – and I clearly do NOT see what he, or you, are crying about. What type of stuff are they getting ‘away’ with? And please don’t point to a case where a penalty was called or a suspension was given…because they inherently were NOT gotten away with. I think that the refs catch everything about 25% of the time, meaning sure, the Pens could have a bunch more penalties, but that applies universally…can you even imagine how many penalties the Flyers would take if the refs called everything? It would be mind-boggling.

      • yougotgirouxed - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        So who is crying about penalties now?

      • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Seriously? Does that response even really make sense in your head?

      • yougotgirouxed - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        What do the Flyers have to do with any of this? You dragged the Flyers into the conversation because you think that my allegiance to them negates the validity of my point. The fact that the Pens get away with stuff everygame has nothing to do with the Flyers or Philadelphia.

      • hockey412 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        I think it does. But the bigger point was if you have an example of something not called, let me know what that is. I think the Pens are called fairly every game. I think that the tint of your glasses causes you to see things in a certain light, which is silly.

      • c9castine - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        “the pens get away with stuff”

        woah, you completely changed my mind. lets not worry about the penalty stats. the suspensions.

        i know the flyers have a hard time winning but you know it is possible to win without the referees help.

    • pmac26 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      skinsovieterps you should try watching a game sometime youre missing a great sport. To say that the Pens get calls you clearly aren’t watching!

    • steelernation1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Why do Crosby haters always go back to him when the topic isnt about him.Seriously dude get a grip.this was about a very bad call that very well turned the outcome of a game.oh and that what you so call princess makes just about every player in NHL look very bad.but I bet if he was on your team you wouldn’t act this way

  4. packerswin96 - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Habs fan here and I could not believe that was called a major, the officiating was brutal all game long, it seemed like each ref was trying to 1 up the other. Having said that the Habs did score in the first 2 minutes of PP.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      exactly, wouldnt have mattered if it were 2 or 5 as far as the score board goes. it did put the pens 3 extra minutes away from having a chance to win in regulation but they can only blame themselves for letting it get to the point where it was a 5-4 game before the penalty anyway.

      • c9castine - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        not taking into account that a team has a better chance to score when they aren’t down a man?

        its irrelevant when during the power play they scored.

    • steelernation1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      It shouldnt have been a penalty period.he did nothing penalty worthy.so I honestly think you missed the point if this article. Calling it a 2 or 5 minute penalty was the difference maker.being subban blew it and that put the habs on there heals.then subban gets benched till bogus penalty was called

  5. longcutskolvikes - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    That was your classic make up call. There were a few questionable calls on the Habs as well.

    • c9castine - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      classic make up calls typically aren’t late 5 minute majors.

      up until then both teams were getting “normal” bad calls. then there was that.

  6. csilojohnson - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    hate to see a make up call go as a major. lame

  7. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    That was just terrible. I would expect that to be called against players with a dirty history, not Glass. Refs were blind on both sides of that game. Guess the vacation effected them.

  8. 6superbowls - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Prime example why the NHL will always remain where they are in the hierarchy of professional sports. No credibility.

    • ibieiniid - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      yeah, football never has games decided by bad calls as to who caught a ball in the end zone.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      NFL officiating is waaaaaayy worse.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      as a fan of a team thats won 6 super bowls you should really be careful talking about officiating. i know of a certain team with 6 super bowls who won their 5th by a very arguable phantom call against seattle.

    • c9castine - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      this comment is a classic example of why pittsburgh steelers fans should stay off PHT

      a sport who employs as many criminals as the NFL does can only have credibility with people like you.

      besides, NFL officiating is brutal, always has been. and its a slow game.

  9. 7mantel - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Watching hockey for over 50 years,the officiating has been the same as the game it self has changed !Thought it would improve with the two referee system , but like the Twilight Zone episode ” No Change “

    • JoeAvg - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Disagree. Andy Van Helleman could call a better game on his own than a pair of refs do today.

      • 7mantel - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Joe , your talking about 1 ref and Andy made me stand up and shake my fist a few times !

    • partsman193509 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      If anything it has gotten worse.

  10. hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Ah, tough call – but, those happen in almost every game, from Squirt to NHL. Habs did their job and took advantage of it…they played a good game. It was definitely an entertaining game to watch!

  11. titansbro - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I’m torn here. Hate both teams so I really don’t care either way who gets jobbed by the refs. Normally both of these teams are flopping & getting calls so whatever. I’ll just move on I suppose.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Please do.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      So you didn’t care but just wanted the opportunity to make a thinly veiled crack at both teams involved. Got it.

      If you’re going to do this kind of thing, maybe try to be clever – at least that way there’s some entertainment rather than this 3rd grade BS.

  12. imgoingtowichita - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Emelin just embarrassed himself. When video replay shows embellishment, I for one wish that there was a very public follow up fine to accompany such action.
    Play hard NHL players before some in the media compare your sport to soccer!

    • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      To be honest I’m not sure he was embellishing all that much, he cracked himself pretty good in the face. The camera kept showing him on the bench, he looked like rudolph for a while.

      Subban’s embellishment when Malkin cracked him, now that’s another story…

  13. penvik - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Actually skinsovieterps, the penguins stars get abused quite often. Any time Crosby and Malkin react they get penalties for it, check the box score from last night, they were both involved in scuffles and the refs called them for reacting, both slashing I believe. The stars in the NHL it seems as an unwritten rule have to put up with it and that’s where the penguins need improvement. The refs and other teams know the Sid and Geno will react so they push them to there breaking point. I watched them get clutched and grabbed and hauled down to the ice on a few occasions last night and it was not called. That’s ok as long as it goes both ways, which it did not. As soon as Sid or Geno protected themselves it was a penalty. It used to drive me nuts but I’ve become used the NEW unfortunate NHL rules and sadly have become accustom to them. I watched Mario get hacked, slashed, carry guys hanging on his back, etc.. For his whole career, thought the new NHL wanted it out. But to level the playing field, lesser to average players can commit penalties to superstars without the same standards being held.

  14. jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    in other news, the penguins had 3 scouts in florida last night. how much you want to bet brad boyes is crosby’s new winger by this time next week?

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      no takers? just some thumbs down? you think they were looking at erat instead? sure hope not…

  15. montrealbbr - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I saw nothing wrong with the call. I am glad they won and I am happy today!

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Glad you could see through your Habs colored glasses.

  16. ehunt29 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Sad to say diving is now a regular part of every game. Some are better fakers than others. Subban is a terrible actor but still got away with it against Malkin. Emelin sold it but he was looking for 2 mins not 5. Ironically the superstars are targets and can’t get much respect from the refs. Cap and Philly fans think Crosby is favored. BS, last nights’ crosscheck by Murray on Crosby was brutal. This is what he and Malkin face every game. Giroux isn’t good enough to get that attention and Ovie never has the puck until he scores. Seriously though Ovie is usually the guy making the opportunistic hits.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      You probably just opened Pandora’s box on this one.

  17. bsaures - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Emelin probably saved Glass a trip to shanahans office by putting his hands up to try and block the high hit. Glass left his feet before contact and aimed high emelin was stood straight up yet where he contacted his hands was at head level.

  18. nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:13 AM

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