Detroit-Anaheim: Red Wings Robbed

Zac HerrContributor IMay 6, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 05:  Goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 and James Wisniewski #34  of the Anaheim Ducks defend the goals against Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on May 5, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezianl/Getty Images)

As I wrote in my last article, I want to see the playoffs called more evenly. The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't the only ones that have lost out because of the bad refereeing throughout the playoffs.

Now the reigning Stanley Cup Champs are being subjected to bad calls. In Game Three of the Detroit-Anaheim series, the Wings were burned several times by bad calls.

Not only did the refs miss obvious penalties on Tomas Holmstrom, but they disallowed a great—potentially game-tying—goal by Marian Hossa with just over one minute to play.

The missed calls on Holmstrom don't make me that angry. I know that he works in front of the goalie, and that the refs will try to protect the goalie as much as possible.

But the calls they missed are so obvious that someone sitting in the nosebleeds could have called them. Just look at the picture where Holmstrom is being cross-checked in front of the goal and you'll understand why.

But the most aggravating call of the night was the disallowing of Hossa's goal.

The ref made a bad mistake by blowing the whistle earlyand he was halfway down the ice! Many times refs let plays go that should have been blown dead 10 seconds earlier to prevent such mistakes.

The NHL needs to do something about the bad referees this year.

Maybe send them back to ref school so they know how to call a game.

Maybe we need new referees.

The only thing that I know for sure is that the refs have blown two obvious calls—two days in a row—and have hurt teams because of it.