As the ref said: "I lost sight of the puck", they've been blind the entire series. They get paid to see things, they suck at their job.
Either the refs suck at their job or
they're doing it very well, that depends on what they've been instructed to do.
If they've been told to call a fair game then they completely suck. If they've been told to help push the outcome of a game/series in one team's favor, mission accomplished.
This really isn't a new thing, either the officials are told to weigh the calls to favor US franchises over the Canadian ones, or it's simply been 20 years of remarkable coincidences during the postseason. I for one have found it very peculiar that since 1993 five Canadian teams (Canucks twice) have made it to the dance with 4 of those series going to 7 games and not one of them has won the cup, not even by sheer luck or accident. Of course look at who they lost to.the Rangers
- a big market US team with a long cup curse. Who better to break that curse against than the cinderella Canucks from Canada?the Lightning
- a small market sunbelt team that needed to gain some popularity to stay "relevant". From what I could see, they lost the cup in 6 games but somehow also won in 7.the Hurricanes
- See above, however there was no 'non-goal'.the Bruins
- We all know that they got away with murder, except during garbage time when the games were so far out of reach anyway.
Then of course there was Ottawa and Anaheim. I cant remember if Anaheim was allowed to goon it up in that series but regardless the Senators were overmatched and lost in 5.
Call me a conspiracy theorist but it truly seems to me like a Canadian team will have to fight that much harder to win a championship. They'll have to overcome the opposing team and the officials. The common denominator is Gary Bettman, he's been in charge since the Canadian cup drought began and we all know how he feels about "game management" and "growing the game" in the states. Hopefully once he's gone things will be different.