How refreshing is to to see hockey played with emotion allowed, when one team isn't afraid of saying something or doing anything to provoke the referees wrath? Watching the finals of Boston, Chicago is refreshing to watch. Two American teams with equal history, Bettman's dream come true. Is it mere chance though, that have brought these two teams together or the orchestration of hard work from the NHL finally paying dividends?
Sadly, for the last two post-seasons the Canucks have been skating on thin ice, not knowing when they will fall in. Last year was a prime example. The first game against LA, Lapierre 6:50 in the second period a marginal call is made. Message sent. From that point on the Canucks didn't know what a penalty was and played much softer than LA, who were unafraid to play tough playoff hockey. On the other hand the Canucks weren't allowed to play tough hockey. The Sedin's seemed to be punished for playing out of character when they threw a body check. It didn't take long for the Canucks to fall to the kings in 5. Blamed mostly on not having Daniel in the lineup for the first few games of the series.
The Series against the Shark's however, all doubt of favoritism was erased. Honestly how can anyone bet on hockey after watching that series. Fan's bet millions of dollars a year on hockey because they believe it's honest. And the ones that do betting are the NHL's biggest supporters that throw catch phrases like "Conspiracy Theory" out there to intimidate fans from being vocal about what they think is happening to the NHL. If they can't see what's happening they are choosing to be blind. The NHL looks more and more like Organized Crime than they do a Professional Hockey League!
Anyone watching that series between the Sharks and the Canucks with a level head could see that the disparity between the reffing went beyond mere favoritism, it was CORRUPT!
Over the last few years the Canucks have complained to the NHL about the horrible refereeing. It started with Burrows, and CBC did nothing to support it's only chance for Them and for Canada to win it's first Stanley Cup in decades. They threw Burrows under the bus. The reffing didn't improve, it got worse. Mike Gilles complained about the reffing, pleading to the media. He's not going to get anywhere talking to Bettman! It's HIS IDEA! Is it really that big of a mystery that since Garry Bettman has become commissioner No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.? AV was the last straw. That completed the complaining Hat-Trick as it were. And we witnessed one on the most lop-sided reffing in hockey history since Canada vs USA 2002 Olympics in Utah, women's hockey finals. (worst reffing ever).