QUESTION OF THE DAY – IF THE TITLE OF MY BLOG IS TRUE, AND PENGUINS ARE IN FACT HALAK-TOSE INTOLERANT, WHAT DOES CROSBY PUT IN HIS BABY BOTTLE INSTEAD OF MILK?
Once again, the Habs played a classic “Montreal game”. The Candiens were outshot 26-9 through 2 periods, yet somehow they were always in the game. They stuck around, refused to quit and eventually after a couple of lucky bounces Montreal was all of a sudden up 3-2 with just over 16 minutes to play. That’s how it ended too, but not before 2 Penguins powerplays and a pulled goalie at the end of the game added some drama. As per usual, a big part of that was the play of Jaroslav Halak who is quickly becoming a cult hero.
Much of that “drama” was due to a very questionable performance by the referees. I was in the building too, and the fans were really letting them have it! There were 2 non-calls that really stood out for me. The first was on the Penguins’ first goal of the game – PK Subban got tripped at the blue line by a diving Pittsburgh player, which resulted in a 2 on 1 and ultimately a goal. The second was late in the third period when a Canadiens’ player chipped the puck by a defenseman on a breakout and there was a blatant instance of interference and obstruction by the Penguins’ D, yet once again there was no penalty called.
I NEVER call out officials or blame games on referees; you can check my previous blogs! This game is an exception. It was one of the worst I’ve ever seen and with only the best officials getting playoff assignments, the league can’t be too happy with what transpired.
Having said all of that; I would like fans to understand that there are some difficult circumstances for referees Paul Devorski and Eric Furlatt that are unknown to the public and can help explain why they weren’t at their best. The NHL has not printed the rulebooks in Braille yet, so it is tough for them to know what a penalty is. I would also like to congratulate both Paul Devorski and Eric Furlatt on becoming pregnant. How else can you explain them having missed 3 periods?
Good refs or bad refs; the series is now tied 2-2 after 4 games, which means it’s now a best of 3 series. The weird thing is that the Habs have the Penguins right where they want them. The Penguins are tired and frustrated and it’s starting to show, especially in their top players. The Habs have proven that they are not going to go down without a fight, so if the Penguins decide that they want to advance into the next round, they are going to need their best players to be their best players. As for the Canadiens; regardless of what happens at this point, they have already won, so they can just keep having fun and doing what they’re doing.
GO HABS GO!
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About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.