2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Will the Officiating Be a Story in Game 5?
VANCOUVER - A good game for the officials is like a good game for a third pairing defenceman. If we don't talk about them after, that means we didn't notice them. And that is the way it should be.
Unfortunately, we did talk about the heavy handed officiating in Games 3 and 4.
211 penalty minutes, including 13 misconduct penalties, were called in Games 3 and 4 in Boston, as the officials did a poor job of managing the games.
I don't mean biased officiating. I'm not buying into any conspiracy theories that the NHL is favouring the Bruins, or that Colin Campbell is working Mike Murphy like a puppet to influence the results.
But will Stephen Walkom and Dan O'Rourke, who officiated Games 1 and 3, be able to control the game tonight?
Or will it be another case of the officials letting the teams do their best Slapshot impressions for the first 50 minutes, and then tossing out players in the last 10 minutes?
With such an important game, I certainly hope the officials do a better job, and the highlights consist of pretty goals and jaw dropping saves, rather than stars being mugged after every whistle.
But when it comes to the NHL and officiating, I'm not holding my breath.
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