How about that call last night?

That Stars and Oilers game last night was a classic. The crowd was into it, the Oilers fed off it, the Stars played good, not great, and with a very depleated line up, and it was just a great game. Why the refs tried to ruin it boggles my mind!
You all know what I’m going to start with (if you saw the game). Who dives on a breakaway? That was an embarssing call for the LEAGUE, not just in the game, the entire NHL suffered because Steven Walkom thought he would get fancy and call a dive on a breakaway. First of all, nobody is going to dive on a breakaway. And by the time Reasoner got control of the puck, he was well passed Zubov and I think Sydor. He had a clear path to the net, and Zubov started hooking him out of desperation. Reasoner goes down and the ref points to centre ice. Everybody in the rink thinks he’s calling a penalty shot, I’m the only guy in the arena that noticed that Marty Reasoner was standing around centre ice, and there for realized, for some dumb ass reason, he was calling Marty Reasoner for a dive. Add that to the fact that Zubov never even got a penalty. Every time I’ve seen a dive called this season, it’s usually a coincidental, and this time he just takes Reasoner. It was disgusting officiating.

I’ll even let it go that the Stars I believe had 6 power plays to our 1 or 2, because my Oil won. The linesmen in this game also broke up a what would have been Georges Laraque pummuling vs Aaron Downey before it started. However, something needs to be done about this officiating. Because the league cannot be embarrased like this anymore. It wasn’t just last night, it’s every night. These guys don’t know when to call a dive, don’t know if there patner is calling what, it’s ridiculous.

If I’m Gary Bettman, I can do one of two things. The first one is go back to the one man, system like most of the players seem to want. The second is to get more of an understanding going in the two man system. The lead offical should call all the things deep in there zone, and the back one should call the stuff behind the plays (like in basketball). Too many times you’ll get the back offical calling a penatly, when his partner was right in front of what happend, and had deemed it wasn’t a penalty. Another thing they have to do (but correct me if they have done it this season, I haven’t noticed) is have officiating crews (like in the NFL). Let these refs get a feel for one and other and then will get to know what their partner is thinking(and that goes for linesmen being in that crew too).

Hey, in some ways, I don’t blame the ref’s on that call last night. Everyone is too busy looking for dives now, that there looking to hard in that case. I almost think that with the fine system now in place, that they can settle down on looking for dives, and just call the ones that are clear cut, and let the head office take care of the rest. And it wouldn’t hurt to ask the linesmen what they saw every once in a while. Let them have some say. Let me know what you think.

60 Responses to How about that call last night?

  1. TC_4 says:

    That’s the last thing you think about when your on a breakaway buddy. Your a cowered if you think that way.

  2. Lint07 says:

    Does working in an arena (timekeeper/announcer) makes me unable to play hockey? I play hockey and it doesen’t matter anyway.

    I’ll explain to you the thing about the dive: In a REALLY IMPORTANT hockey game, ANY TEAM PLAYER WOULD THINK ABOUT DIVING on a breakaway IF THE GUY CAN’T TAKE A GOOD SHOT AT THE NET OR CAN’T SCORE, I know I would. That’s what I said, I stand by it. If you’re stupid enough to not think about giving your team a chance to win the game, then you’re a loser. Dmitri Mironov has dive on the NYR/NYI game. Result? Penalty NYI and a goal by NYR. Final score NYR 1, NYI 0. They won the game and that’s the only thing that matters.

    i don’t care what you think anyway, you make me laugh though.

  3. Lint07 says:

    Are we all stupid on this site or what?

    It seems like i’m not the only one who didn’t get that you ”wasn’t serious”.

    yeah, right.

  4. Lint07 says:

    on a breakaway, not being able to take a shot?? That’s the first thing you think about.

    you’re an idiot.

  5. TC_4 says:

    First of all, it’s Boris Mironov. Two, if you have dignity, it may run through your mind, but you don’t dive, it’s embarrasing, and that’s why there trying to get it out of the game, it may help your team win, but it’s cheating(realistically). Three, it still wasn’t a dive. Four, even though Walkum thought it was a dive, no way Zubov shouldn’t have gotten a penalty, which is what I said was the worst thing about it. Five, you don’t change your veiws and I respect that, you obviously think it was a dive, and I didn’t, and it’s split on what people think no matter where you look. Six, I can’t stand two guys jawing back and fourth over their veiws on this, so I’m quitting, if your a man, you will to. Finally, do I seriously make you laugh??? If you think I do because your all of a sudden trying to be mature, then that’s dumb because I did it first! Bye Lint.

  6. TC_4 says:

    You know what’s funny, your trying to pick a fight with a teenager!!! Good one Lint! By the way, who’s the dumb one??? You said “Are we all stupid on this site or what? It seems like I’m not the only one who didn’t get that you “wasn’t serious” yeah, right.” Good comment, that “you” should have been you were. And since when are all the people on the website you and “amok”??? Who makes who laugh, I know, you make me laugh, because I’m younger, and your still wrong! I COULD go to everyone on this article who agreed with me and said “see lint, see!” But I’m more MAN then you buddy, HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That’s why you’ll say something dumb in response to this, and I’m going to ignore it, because I’m more MAN then you are, despite the fact that I’m a teenage Jr. Hockey player, and your a “22” year old timekeeper, good career choice buddy!!!

  7. TC_4 says:

    Yeah, you wouldn’t think about getting the puck in the net, good call Timekeeper! One thing you’ve stated nicely through all your crying is that you would be one hell of a panzy on the ice!

  8. Lint07 says:

    (I mixed up Boris & Dmitri due to the fact that I was finishing my NHL2003 rosters on my cpu…)

    Nice to see you somehow grew up from your first post to this one.

    Yeah you’re right, it’s a split where we can’t possibly agree, and I understand your point. I’m against diving in general, I saw Koivu dive one time, he draw a penalty but I was embarrassed by the way he did it. What I mean is that when you are hooked anyway (that was the case) and being hooked makes you unable to take a good shot at the net, why not falling on the ice??

    Sure you may get a penalty for it but it,s not really diving, I’d call it ”embellish” the play, so i wouldn’t say you’re cheating.

    Finally, stop this ”i did it first” thing, it’s for kids really.

    You know what? Even though this wasn’t a ”gentle” discussion, I’m glad I could see that you knew what you were talkin about, which makes that I’ll respect you even more in the future no matter what your opinion is.

    see ya.

  9. Lint07 says:

    What word in the sentence ”I USE to be a timekeeper” don’t you understand?? GOD! I was 15 at the time, gimme a break!

    And yeah I would definetely make a career of it if a NHL team would’ve propose it to me. Any hockey fan would. What’s the problem with enjoying the greatest game on earth while being paid????

    Learn how to draw the line, I don’t make fun of people private life on this site because it’s plain stupid, I,m here to talk about hockey.

    Stick to hockey and it’ll be just fine.

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