Canada.com with some quotes you’ve heard, and maybe a few that you haven’t…
“The guy never meant to blow the whistle. It was a shot. It was in on the shot. It’s as dumb as I’ve ever seen.”–Mike Babcock
He’ll probably get fined for that comment, furthering the contraversy. Not only did the official make a mistake, not only did the league set up their rules so that it can’t be corrected, but I’ll bet you that instead of using their energy to correct a growing problem, they use that time to slap the wrist of anyone who calls them out for their shotty authority to make this game worse.
Babcock continues on the phone call with Toronto’s War Room:
“That (call from league) was probably because Toronto can’t believe you could shoot it in the net and it could be waved off. They tried to make a way for him to change his mind, I mean whatever.”
To make the play dead before the puck went in, Dennis LaRue would have had to have blown his whistle while the puck was traveling to the net. Watch the replay, well over a second goes by with the puck just sitting there behind the goal line, before that whistle is blown. Someone needs to sit down with Dennis and say, “Okay, here’s the puck, here’s the puck behind the goal line….and HERE’s where the whistle was blown. You had a chance to correct yourself. Why didn’t you?”
Anyway, here’s what Brad May had to say:
“I recognize the referees are in a tough spot, but we have video replay in hockey for a reason, to make the right call in those circumstance. I think it’s a joke. It’s a 2-2 game and it’s a different outcome for us. There’s not a chance he’s going to blow the whistle on a shot from the slot. I’m sure when he sees it, he’ll be OK that was a blown call. Clearly, that’s a difference maker in this game.”
Yeah right, Brad. No way that the league admits that it was a mistake…No.Fricking.Way.
Now just sit back and wait for the fines to be issues and the apologies to be NOT issued.