Lucky Number Seven: Awful Officiating for the Avs vs. Habs

Ken BeckettCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2009

Look at that picture.

That is a still taken from the last few seconds of Montreal's 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche from last night.

Yes that's right. As the game died down and the Habs tried to add the tying goal, they had seven players on the ice.

Granted Carey Price was pulled, so really it was one extra player for the Habs instead of two.

But the fact that the Canadiens got away with this shouldn't be surprising to anyone who watched the game.

The officiating from Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette was just horrendous. To both teams. 

Like the phantom holding call on Avalanche forward Kyle Quincey in the first period. Or the non-call when Scott Gomez was hit from behind in the head in the third period which led to Colorado's winning goal.

Or the fact that Montreal's second goal shouldn't have even counted. Replays clearly showed on RDS that the puck hit the net above the glass behind the goal and went out of play. Meaning that the play should have been whistled dead.

I hate to be one of those writers who can't think of anything more than to bash on the officials. But for anybody who watched, it should be clear that Jackson and Joannette did not do an adequate job officiating last night's Avalanche vs. Habs game. It was a black mark on what should have been a wonderful 100th home opener in Montreal.

Click here to see a better view of Montreal with seven players on the ice.