It's the playoffs in MLB - the strike zone is now smaller, and you can interfere with baserunners.
It's the playoffs in the NBA - you can have three steps now before we call travelling, and only flagrant fouls will be called.
It's the playoffs in the NFL - and pass-interference, clipping and late hits on quarterbacks are now permitted.
Sounds ridiculous doesn't it?
Rules are rules and why should they, or the way the are applied, change in the playoffs?
Because it's the NHL, and it's the playoffs.
It's the playoffs in the NHL - and we are lowering the standards of play with respect to the rules, and the consistency expected of officials.
Why? Rules and their consistent application is the most important element in fairness. Aren't you risking the integrity of the game and reducing the reputation of the league and officials - at a time when it matters most, the playoffs?
It's the NHL. That's the way things are in the NHL.... because... that'st the way things are in the NHL...
Rationalize it any way you want NHL; it is bush league.