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Petr Sykora dupes referee, apologizes for it

Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 10:06 am
PS1By: Adam Gretz

PITTSBURGH -- Bizarre moment during the third period of the Devils 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

New Jersey forward Patrik Elias was issued a four-minute double minor for high-sticking early in the period. Pretty routine call, right? Not exactly. Instead of going to the penalty box to serve the penalty, his teammate, Petr Sykora, who was in the same general area as Elias when the penalty occurred, skated over to the box to serve the penalty, even though Elias' name and number was the one that was announced as the guilty party.

And neither referee noticed it until it was too late. It turned out to be a big miss on their part as Elias ended up scoring a shorthanded goal to tie the game at one.

After the game Sykora said one of the referee's (though he couldn't specify which one) finally figured out what he had done and was not happy about it. Sykora said that he then apologized.

"It was unrespectful of the referee for me, but I was trying to help my team," said Sykora. "I didn't want to have Patty go in for four minutes to the penalty box because we need him on the PK. He's on our first PK unit. It worked out and he got a goal, but after that he (the ref) came up to me and he wasn't happy. I apologized to him. It was unrespectful."

He also added, "But on the other side I really want to do what I can do to help this team."

"I was kind of hoping he wasn't going to figure it out, but he did."

It's still amazing that both referees (not to mention the two linesmen) could miss the wrong guy going to the penalty box, and then had to watch as the person that should have been serving the penalty scored what could have been a game-changing shorthanded goal. In the end, it wasn't, as the Devils gave up three straight goals over the final 15 minutes.

Don't get mad at Sykora for this bold display of gamesmanship (that's what I prefer to call it, anyway). The people that should be on the receiving end of any criticism are the referees that clearly weren't paying enough attention to, again, notice the wrong guy sitting in the box.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:04 am

Petr Sykora dupes referee, apologizes for it

We've seen players try to do it, haha, but they usually don't get away with it.

If ya ain't cheating, ya ain't tryin.

I love it.   He tried, the refs missed it.   Too bad Bylsma burned up all his whining already, otherwise refs may have listened to him before the shorty if he was yelling at them.   Funny stuff, 4 zebras too.    I'm sure they were shocked a player was trying to cheat.   

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:42 pm

Petr Sykora dupes referee, apologizes for it

"It was unrespectful of the referee for me, but I was trying to help my team," said Sykora

Another famous athlete who failed english class.

The correct usage is "It was disrespectful of me to trick the referee, but I was trying to help my team win. We won and I don't apologize for that. But I do apologize for tricking the referee. However, I know that later in the season that karma will come back and bite me on the butt and I will be pawned big time by the universe. It is what it is. C'est la vie...and all that jazz. Go Devils!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!


Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:58 am

Petr Sykora dupes referee, apologizes for it

What's amazing is the Ref's not catching it with Bylsma getting furious yelling at them.  You'd think having a coach, and whole team yelling at you saying wrong guy's in box.  You could at least glance over at box just to check maybe?

I was always a huge Sykora fan when he played for the Pen's so I thought it was more funny then anything.  Even after the goal I was still laughing.

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