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Quick whistle negates Brian Gionta goal

Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 10:49 pm
 
Brain Gionta and the Montreal Canadiens got hosed by one of the worst -- and possibly laziest ---  calls of the playoffs. 

Gionta shot the puck between two Boston Bruins defenders in the first period of Tuesday's Game 6, a routine shot that goalie Tim Thomas should have handled easily. Maybe referee Kevin Pollock thought so, too. He blew the play dead even as the puck lay in front of Thomas’ leg pad before Gionta poked it into the net. 



Since the play was blown dead, it was not reviewable. Here’s the rule out of the NHL rulebook:
31.2 Disputes - The Referees shall have general supervision of the game and shall have full control of all game officials and players during the game, including stoppages; and in case of any dispute, their decision shall be final.

As there is a human factor involved in blowing the whistle to stop play, the Referee may deem the play to be stopped slightly prior to the whistle actually being blown. The fact that the puck may come loose or cross the goal line prior to the sound of the whistle has no bearing if the Referee has ruled that the play had been stopped prior to this happening.

“We’ve all been victimized by that sort of play,” said recently retired referee Kerry Fraser, now an analyst on TSN. “When you blow the whistle prematurely, you want to suck the wind right back out of it. It doesn’t work.”

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:51 am
 

Quick whistle negates Brian Gionta goal

" Being too harsh"?
These Boston fans obviously know shyt about the rules !
But you can't really blame them cause most have never laced-up and really played the game, be it for about a month when the local pond freezes over in January. Also having the league's second longing losing streak for a Cup, only gloriously topped by the Maple Laughs, it's only their daddies and not them that had the joy , way way back in 72 to celebrate a Stanley Cup Parade.
It's quite sad actually.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:26 am
 

Quick whistle negates Brian Gionta goal

Find it a bit strange to see so many Bruins fans complain about the Lucic call by the referees, yet not one has posted on this board in reference to a much more obvious gaff by the officiating. For the record,Milan Lucic obviously had intent to inflict a dangerous situation with his boarding of Spacek. Think the Bruins would learn from their mistakes, Dino Chara got off easy with the Max Pacioretty affair.
 Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but please Bruins fans, stop your whinning!


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