That Loud Clicking Sound You Heard

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  1. Sir Rodney

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    That was the sound of TV sets either being turned off of switched to a re-run of The BBT. After all the drama going in to the game, to have it decided in the first period by a non-call followed immediately by a back breaking major penalty is a real shame. I have no problem with Bernier's penalty but when you see the hit along the boards in front of the Devil's bench that wasn't considered a penalty, that play should never have evolved to that point. Rome's hit last year and Bernier's this year could well be considered the key deciding point in both series. Full credit to the Kings for taking full advantage of the opportunity. Three goals was a back breaker. They could have saved a lot of time and handed out the Cup at that point. At least we got to see a few shots of Taylor Stevens. Somehow, I don't think she was a factor in the final outcome.

    Congrats to the Kings and Jonathan Quick for winning the Conn Smyth.

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  2. m_peroni

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    It was a well played out series. Congrats Kings. They deserved it.
     
  3. rikster

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    It's fitting that the Summer Olympics are just around the corner...

    The Olympics employ judges to determine winners and losers while the NHL employs officials to enforce the rule book...

    Unfortunately NHL officials are once again more judges than officials, and judge the severity of the infraction and the time and place it occurred rather than enforcing the rule book literally...

    With all of the concern that played are bigger and faster, you wonder why the league doesn't go back to a 3 man crew and eliminate the 2nd referee who is doing nothing more than taking up space in an already crowded playing surface....

    Remember when that 2nd referee was added to deal with missed calls behind the play? Makes you laugh when you think about it and ask yourself is the game called any better today than in the old 3 man crew days?

    Take care...
     
  4. Sir Rodney

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    Good point Rikster. I agree that was the original intention of the extra Referee but it has now evolved into having designated areas of responsibility. To have a Ref absolve himself from not making a call by saying it wasn't his responsibility is ridiculous. You have four pairs of eyes out there. Get the call right and be consistent no matter who happens to be wearing the arm band on any given night. It has reached the point where the perceived quality of the referee appears to be in an inverse relationship to the number of times he blows his whistle. Hell, I could have been perceived as a hall of famer if I had stayed in the change room and had a coffee instead of doing circuits on the ice.

    This off season is going to be interesting to see whether there's any desire to change with the new collective agreement. The sad thing is that by the time the agreement is in place teams will have already been constructed on one model or another. The less risky route is to simply leave things as they are. Change will only occur when there's huge dollars involved. If the TV ratings continue to drop maybe that will be the kick start they need.
     

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