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Senators’ MacArthur: ‘Some of the calls were obviously questionable’

Mar 15, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

Was it an epic comeback by the Montreal Canadiens, or did the Ottawa Senators get robbed of two points? Controversy.

The Canadiens overcame a three-goal third-period deficit with three goals in three minutes and 21 seconds, then defeated the Senators in overtime on Saturday night. The winner created the most angst for the Senators, as they felt goalie Robin Lehner had the puck covered. There were no whistles on the play, and Francis Bouillon buried a loose puck to give the Habs a come-from-behind victory.

Asked about an explanation from the officials, Jason Spezza told reporters: “None. They said it was too loud.”

The Canadiens were also given a late power play with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, as Ottawa’s Kyle Turris was called for a hook on Andrei Markov. David Desharnais tied the game with a power play goal with 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock.

“Some of the calls were obviously questionable, I thought,” Senators’ forward Clarke MacArthur told the Ottawa Sun.

“The puck is covered at the end, no call. It’s tough, we’re fighting for our lives right now, it’s hard not to get emotional. We put ourselves in a bad spot, we gave them a little life, but at the same time it’s tough enough playing a hockey team along with everyone else in the building.”

  1. everyonesuksbutme - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I’m a Flyers fan living in Ottawa….and guess what….Sens SUCK! Haha

  2. President Charles Logan - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    The Ottawa Senators will never be relevant.

  3. bsaures - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Seems like Sens have a lot of excuses this year

  4. dan46778 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Well that what happens in Montreal a lot has a bruins fan I know lol

  5. mackattack29 - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    Questionable calls is the biggest understatement of the year. This is coming from an avs fan with absolutely no dog in this fight.

  6. rpiotr01 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    That puck disappeared under his pad for 4-5 seconds by my count. One of the worst ‘no whistle’ plays I’ve ever seen.

  7. 101starmymedic - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    This is the most poorly officiated game I’ve literally ever seen. I’m a Wings fan and everyone knows how often the calls go their way. How the NHL can continue to employ officials of this poor caliber is beyond me.

    I guess it’s good for ratings as scandal is good for ratings. We all know that’s why Bettman still has them working. Scandals = ratings increase. Regardless of whether or not the game is being destroyed.

    Gary Bettman is the worst thing to happen to the pure sport that is Hockey. He’s destroying it, like literally every season I watch it get worse and worse because of decisions he makes. Buckle up everyone and pray for a massive heart attack for Mr. Bettman. That’s the only way he’s going to relinquish his death-grip on this game.

    Man I used to be love hockey so much, I swear, I could be perfectly alone, flat-broke, and totally content, watching games from all teams, just enjoying the sport, now, it’s not enough. I wish I was a superstar like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, or better yet, a veteran legend like Lidstrom, I would retire and say I refuse to play while Gary Bettman is commissioner of the NHL. Open everyone’s eye to how the game’s slowly but surely being turned into a pathetic debacle.

  8. drewsylvania - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    From these replays, there’s no way to tell whether Lehner has it or only thinks he has is.

    Of course, given his positioning, the ref doesn’t know either.

  9. shortsxit34 - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    How many times have we had goals waived off due to the “intent to blow the whistle” call?

    This goal, plus the tying goal with Lehner being held down, combined with the Ottawa goal that was disallowed even though the referee said that he was tripped…they have plenty of reason to be upset.

    Snippet from CBC
    “Supposedly after the game, referees apparently told Ottawa captain Jason Spezza that there was no whistle on the play because the building was too loud.”

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