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Leafs take issue with penalty calls in overtime loss to rival Habs

Mar 1, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs were displeased with a number of calls late in the third period and overtime of Saturday’s game against the rival Montreal Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty scored his second of the evening, which came on a four-on-three power play in the extra frame, and 29th of the season to give the Canadiens a 4-3 overtime victory.

The Habs tied the game just past the midway point of the third period on a power play goal from P.K. Subban.

For the Leafs, their criticism of the officiating stemmed from three calls: an interference call on Tim Gleason that preceded the Subban equalizer; a Phil Kessel delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass; and goalie Jonathan Bernier for a delay of game in overtime that preceded the Pacioretty winner.

“I was under the impression that if it was one-one-thousand you could take the player’s body,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle of the Gleason penalty, as per Mark Masters of TSN.

“Disappointing that the calls that went against us are somewhat unusual,” added Carlyle.

  1. bsaures - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Bernier penalty was textbook delay of game


    If a goalkeeper comes out of his crease to “cut down the angle” on a shot and after making the save covers the puck, this shall be legal. If the goalkeeper races out of his crease in an attempt to beat the attacking player to the puck and instead of playing the puck jumps on the puck causing a stoppage of play, this shall be a minor penalty for delay of game.

    He was very clearly outside his crease (he was at the faceoff dot) so theres no gray area there.

    The replays also showed Kessels shot went right out without hitting the glass.

    • dueman - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      You need glasses and a rule book. I know that you don’t like Toronto, but come on….

      • bsaures - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        That rule came right out of the rulebook genius. It is under rule 63.2 minor penalty for delay of game.

      • shortsxit34 - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        You probably should have bothered to read the rulebook yourself before trying to call out another poster.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      That’s a tough one to call in OT when the Leafs already killed one. I know the rules are the rules, but it seemed like the whistles had gone away, plus goalies generally get away with murder.

      • bsaures - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        That penalty though was beyond a “judgement call” he was blatantly several meters( or feet if you prefer) from the net freezing a puck that hadnt been touched by a montreal player in almost the entire length of the ice.

  2. mp1131211 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    They have no room for complaints. They were correct calls.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I’m more understanding about the complaining of the Kessel penalty, I think that’s a horrible rule, the fact there’s no discretion makes it worse. A few years ago I saw Braydon Coburn play a puck down the ice from his own zone, a random play that rarely happens, but of course they called a penalty. Change it to being similar to icing, offending team can’t change and the face off is in their end.

    I agree the Bernier one was textbook, he was at the dot, didn’t attempt to play it instead just falling on it, that’s a penalty.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Sorry I left out that the Coburn shot down the ice went over the glass at the other end.

  4. dueman - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    What a shameful end to such a great game. The refs could probably argue a case for the interference call as it was close, but Phil’s delay of game call, as the replays showed, clearly bounced off the glass. The Bernier penalty was just an absurd call! The ref straight up invented that penalty….

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Leafs fan here. Actually, on the Bernier call, the NHL invented that penalty and wrote it in this thing called the rule book. That an NHL goalie with NHL coaches didn’t know it is on them.

      • bsaures - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        I find it kinda sad that Bernier make millions of dollars to play in the NHL yet wont take a couple hours to read the rulebook especially on the rules that directly apply to him.

      • mistercue62 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        Your grade-school patronizing “rule-book” reply, while technically correct, fails to acknowledge the “rule’s” one glaring variable…this sort of “rule”-defiance happens ALL THE TIME with goaltenders coming WAY out of their creases to freeze the puck yet it NEVER GETS CALLED!! One of the biggest joke rules in the “book”; right up there with “elbowing”, “cross-checking”, “spearing” and in the flagrant (yet completely ignored) case involving Kadri on Sat. night… “punching another player in the FACE with a gloved fist” (would have meant a major + a game not long ago!). Not to mention the fact that players, basically devoid of respect for one another, can hack, punch, crosscheck in the face or neck & pretty much anything else until the target of their assaults dares to react with a shove at which point HE gets the roughing call for “retaliating”?? Tantamount in it’s stupidity to the “instigator” rule which encourages dirty, hacking & headhunting little weasels to injure star players with no real fear of recrimination! Regardless, the officiating in the NHL is ANYTHING but “by the book”; rather games are officiated subjectively “by the ego” of these incompetent buffoons. Ergo, to employ a “rule book” defense of the erratic decisions made by NFL referees is at best facile and at worst, totally ignorant. Face it…the Leafs got totally screwed by the corrupt, inept officiating of this once great league; the ‘Crist-complex’ suffering, self-important, ‘above-reproach’ officials (that cannot even be openly crtitcized) found yet another way to decide the outcome of what otherwise was a great hockey game!

        Two referees? Twice as useless!!

  5. stakex - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    In five comments, one person says replay shows Kessel’s shot clearly bounced off the glass and another person says replay clearly shows it didn’t hit the glass. That right there is everything wrong with this world….

    • dueman - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      LoL, you got an up vote from me…

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Of all those mentioned it was actually the dive they called on JVR that I thought was the weakest. But a point is a point. This was mostly Montreal’s game so I’m sure they’ll take it.

    • packerswin96 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      You didn’t think JVR deserved a diving penalty?

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