Referees biased towards the Leafs?

A friend of mine hates the Leafs and is always talking about how Hockey night in Canada kisses their @@@ and how the Refs let them get away with Murder, I have always blown it off, but after watching today’s Rangers game I think he may be on to something.

There were 2 different times when Antropov should have been penalized in the game:

First, after he hit Ward in the face with his stick, Sundin pushed Prucha, then Antropov did, Prucha pushed Antopov back and then Antropv punched him in the face. What were the Penalties? 2 minutes to Prucha and Antropv.

Later, Antropov broke his stick and two fisted Prucha (I think) in the back knocking him down, no penalty.

This got me think to the some of the other Leafs games I had seen especially the Islander/Leafs playoff series where all the Leafs were trying to take the heads off the Islanders. It was either Corson or Tucker who crippled Peca with no penalty at all.

I am sure I will get labeled as a Sens fan or something immature, but I pretty much like all teams the same except I have always hated the Sharks,

And I know Leaf nation with disagree, but then again they bash their team every two game losing streak so I thought I would through this out there.


40 Responses to Referees biased towards the Leafs?

  1. Hoondog2 says:

    This is totally untrue.  The Leafs are a victim of bad refs just as every team is.  In fact if you want to argue about it, everyone could say the Leafs are the most hated team by fans in the league for one reason or another (and I don't want to turn this into a "why do people hate Leaf fans article"), but since they are hated by people across the league, you could assume on a smaller scale that because the refs are human, the Leafs are probably the most hated team by the refs.  This would lead me to believe that in most cases the calls don't go our way.

    What a stupid article this is.

  2. the_word says:

    Antropov put had his stick up when Ward went to give him a late hit.  Serves Ward right, and if there should have been a penalty, it should have gone to Ward. 

  3. I-BE-LEAF says:

    bad calls are a two way street in the NHL right now.

    Ward should have not only be charged with a late hit on Poni last night but IMO he should be suspended for it.  That hit was seriously late and dirty with intent to injure.  Ward knew the pass was off and Poni was easy prey.  I was happy to see Poni score a goal off Ward's skate as payback but if Poni had been injured it would have been a very different story.

  4. polastem says:

    That's funny, cause I actually tend to believe the refs are biased against the leafs to call penalties on the leafs rather than the other teams. Refs make bad calls either way, but this article is just be subjective that because of one game he watched based on the calls, he feels the leafs got away with a bit. I will admit this, the last call with like under a minute to play on the rangers was a softy, but then again, ward should've gotten a penalty when he hit poni, cause it was a late hit. Refs make mistakes all the time, but just because someone watched one game and was obviously looking for reasons to believe they are biased in favor of the leafs is just plain and simply bias in itself. So yeah, pointless article, has nothing to do with rumors of leafs news, and thank you for your input, you sound just like typical toronto media… got nothing to say? Let's criticize someone. Good job.

  5. polastem says:

    Oh, and if you really wanna get into specifics, if you lose your stick, and you shove someone with your hands, how is that illegal? And later on after that sequence, Gill actually did the same thing and was called for cross checking (with a stick in his hands). Hard to get a penalty for pushing.

  6. thehockeyguy says:

    Here we go again with the leaf bashings (I guess next your going to say "the leafs only made the playoffs because other teams felt sorry for them because most of there star players were injured all year"). Get a grip dude, every NHL team is having the same issue with bad calls being made by the refs, get on with life. Don't even know why you posted this article.

  7. PaulK123 says:

     Ward tried to kill Antropov with that late hot, and he did get a penalty for the stick in the face. Antropov was doing it in self defense when Prucha and someone else went after him. Totally bad article.

  8. mojo19 says:

    terrible article. The refs let a lot go all game long for both teams, the leafs were just a bit more chippy, but the calls were consistant for both teams. Had the leafs lost this game, you could just as easily say that the refs were biased against the leafs. Which would be untrue also.

    Great games for Raycroft and Antropov on back to back nights though. the leafs may just make the playoffs this year!

  9. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    I have to say even though I don't agree with you, I didn't think there was too much bad attitude from you. But after that last sentence I realize you're just another leaf bashing guy with pure ignorance in your blood. There are some bad fans out there that are like that, but most of us are loyal to the team through the WORST of times. Anyway, that's not my point. Let's get to that then.

    Refs, definitely not biased to us. There are bad calls and non-calls ALL THE TIME. I think it was going both ways last night. The officiating was bad for both teams but it just so happens the leafs were more involved so it may seem like it was more against NY but they weren't doing as many things that could be potential penalties. I think Aaron Ward should hav been given a penalty for that veryy late hit on Alex Ponikarovsky. Seriously it was at least 3 seconds after the pass that Ward even started preparing for that hit.

    The Antropov 2nd incident was certainly not a penalty it was a push to the SIDE of Prucha without a stick. It was basically clean hit. And what's with bringing up what 4 or 5 years ago the Peca incident? If it was one of your team's guys getting away with that you'd be pretty happy. But it's the leafs so it's a problem right? And the leafs sometimes get horrible amounts of penalties against(look at Vancouver game or Pens game before the Allstar break). Does that sound like a Leaf bias to you?

  10. MrV says:

    Are you kidding me? I have been to almost all of the Leafs home games this year and i have seen the refs give the game to other teams in the third period what about the game against vancouver that was a digusting showing of trying to call a game watch more than a game or two before you post something as rediculas as this

  11. leafmeister says:

    What about that disgracefull penalty shot that the refs called against Coliacovo.

  12. kwels42 says:

    corson did cheap shot peca but in the second round that year alfredson hit tucker from behind and sre the winning goal 5 seconds later no call or suspension.

  13. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    The whole *****ing game in Pittsburgh was handed to the Pens.

  14. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    THROW NOT THROUGH YOU *****ING TWIT!

    Upon other retardations in this post.

  15. Kraut182 says:

    Coliacovo was hit from behind, Poni was hit late and Shanahan kicked in the Rangers only goal and then had the balls to complain about the officiating afterwards.  But yeah, it was all Leafs favoritism last night.

  16. MaltE says:

    Go die please mephist0 you definitely know nothing about hockey. You definitely didn't see all the Islander playoffs because Toronto wasn't the provokers. It's not like tucker meant to take out Peca you *****ing idiot.

    And if you're so sure that it should have been a penalty actually try and become a ref so someone kills you after the game. Don't ever waste your time typing some stupid shit like this because it makes everyone stupid around you.

    Thanks kid

  17. DJTOKid says:

    if anything its the other wy around. i sometimes feel the Leafs are the Oakland Raiders of the NHL. I think the Leafs get the short end of the stick most nights with the ref's. I liked the way Antropov played against the Rangers. If he could do that for 82 games in ONE season he might actually make something out of him self in the NHL.

  18. I-BE-LEAF says:

    Too bad all your articles and posts aren't blanked out like your swearing, LeafyMcLeaf.

    You are far too negative and insulting to be part of an all ages public forum.

  19. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    You are one of the most ignorant, disrespectful people on this forum and a disgrace to Leafs fans everywhere.

  20. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    You are one of the most ignorant, disrespectful people on this forum and a disgrace to Leafs fans everywhere. Just stop posting your ignorant comments everywhere and we'll all be happy.

  21. mojo19 says:

    He does that a lot more than people give him credit for. What Antropov's problem is (according to Pat Quinn) is that after he comes back from injury, for the first handful of games he doesn't play with that edge out of risk of getting hurt again. But when he's on his game he's a solid 2nd or 1st line player (for any team)

  22. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Antropov is starting to make something out of himself, I think in most of the games that he has played this year he has been one of the hardest working and best players on the ice between both teams. I think if he can play the rest of the season then he's gonna be an important part of the teams run to the playoffs. I've really gotten to be a fan of the post lockout Nik. 

  23. bigscoup says:

    HERE ARE SOME FACTS……the leafs have had 806 mins go their way 782 against them…..thats a + 24mins…..TB has 536 min go there way and 693 against them….thats a -157 mins…….Florida sits with 794mins their way and 641 against them….thats a +of 154 min. so if the refs are biased it would be to the TB lightning or the Panthers. I do understand that some teams do play different styles but how can u justify a 311min dif between the best (florida) and last (TB) .

  24. bigscoup says:

    maybe you should do some homework before put a post up. the leafs are in the pluses when it comes to PM so dont think any 1 is handing out games against the leafs……typical leaf fan

  25. psoviero says:

    Anyone who says that the powers that be in the NHL are on the Leafs side must not see what i see.  Brendan Shanahan, who apparently is now in charge of the NHL, purposely scored with his skate, and the video review in Toronto ok'd it.  Then, Shany proceeded to bash the officials Brett Hull style without being penalized by the leage.  If there is any bias happening in the NHL right now though, its in favour of the Penguins.  The Leafs were handed 19 penalties in their last game there. It couldn't be more obvious, the Leafs are fighting the officials every time out.

  26. psoviero says:

    Anyone who says that the powers that be in the NHL are on the Leafs side must not see what i see.  Brendan Shanahan, who apparently is now in charge of the NHL, purposely scored with his skate, and the video review in Toronto ok'd it.  Then, Shany proceeded to bash the officials Brett Hull style without being penalized by the leage.  If there is any bias happening in the NHL right now though, its in favour of the Penguins.  The Leafs were handed 19 penalties in their last game there. It couldn't be more obvious, the Leafs are fighting the officials every time out.

  27. psoviero says:

    Anyone who says that the powers that be in the NHL are on the Leafs side must not see what i see.  Brendan Shanahan, who apparently is now in charge of the NHL, purposely scored with his skate, and the video review in Toronto ok'd it.  Then, Shany proceeded to bash the officials Brett Hull style without being penalized by the leage.  If there is any bias happening in the NHL right now though, its in favour of the Penguins.  The Leafs were handed 19 penalties in their last game there. It couldn't be more obvious, the Leafs are fighting the officials every time out.

  28. Senshater says:

    The refs are just bad…  Anyone who watched the Canucks/Leafs game on hockey day knows what I'm talking about.  The refs are inconsistent- Period. 

  29. Rufusy says:

    the late hit on poni should have been called but wasnt

  30. leafs_spade says:

    lmao..ok firstly, just shut up…secondly, just shut up…and lastly, please dont ever write such a ridiculous article again, k thanks.

    p.s.> we only bash our team "every 2 game losing streak"  because we care so much. :)

  31. oronge_girl says:

    The Leafs have consistantly lead or been near tops in the league in penalty minutes over the last decade so please tell me how the refs are somehow biased towards the leafs.

  32. Mattay05 says:

    Buddy whatever your smoking I want some of it! The leafs have STRUGGLED this year playing Saturday night games, a.k.a Hockey Night in Canada. There is no bias TRUST me. For goodness sake were in a hunt for the eighth and FINAL spot for the play-offs, not first in the conference.

  33. JuicemaN says:

    It was due, he hadn't shown his immaturity for a couple of days so it only makes sense that he comes back with a bang.

    He's everything that is wrong with this site, without Leafy this place would be a much more overall happy place to be.

    Do us a favour Leafy and leave.

  34. I-BE-LEAF says:

    Amen, JuicemaN… Amen.

  35. peake19 says:

    most honest post ive ever read
    well done
    leafs suck

  36. leafs_spade says:

    how very intelligent

  37. Mephist0 says:

    With the new Homepage not showing more then 5 stories. I didn't even know this was posted.  Do not want people to think I am ducking responses.

  38. Mephist0 says:

    Holy shit are you kidding me?  I the game and saw it on the news 12 times living in the NY area.  I hate the islanders, but there was no way that was an accident.  Denial is not a river in Egypt…

  39. Mephist0 says:

    Dude, you can redirect the puck with your skate, you just can't kick it in.

  40. Mephist0 says:

    Though I apprieciate your support, that wasn't my point.

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