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This season, we've seen calls like the fake call on Prust for diving, Subban last game for hitting the player stick on stick, and today the "boarding" on Gorges. We've also seen hits from behind and high sticks ignored. It's past the point of ridiculous, it's flagrant abuse of power and/or incompetence. Until the league holds referees more accountable (i.e. in the public eye), it won't change. The rules have become more and more cloudy and the enforcement of these rules changes as the league sees fit (just remember Lucic running over Miller last year and Shanahan announcing that it wasn't suspendable but that from that point onwards it would be). The league makes up rules as it goes, and the refs follow suit and do the same. It's a complete waste of good hockey to see the way these officials work.

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This season, we've seen calls like the fake call on Prust for diving, Subban last game for hitting the player stick on stick, and today the "boarding" on Gorges. We've also seen hits from behind and high sticks ignored. It's past the point of ridiculous, it's flagrant abuse of power and/or incompetence. Until the league holds referees more accountable (i.e. in the public eye), it won't change. The rules have become more and more cloudy and the enforcement of these rules changes as the league sees fit (just remember Lucic running over Miller last year and Shanahan announcing that it wasn't suspendable but that from that point onwards it would be). The league makes up rules as it goes, and the refs follow suit and do the same. It's a complete waste of good hockey to see the way these officials work.

That's the problem Ted, it's cloudy for the public. Refs obviously answer to the league, but the fans don't know the league's or refs intentions.

Guess they've taken a page from the Pierre Gauthier book.

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Gallagher mugged in front again. No call. Yet Eller got called for less.

It's the same thing that always boils my blood: When a demonstrably dirty player like Chris Neil or Steve Ott goes out on the ice, he's guilty of roughing at least once every fifteen seconds. Almost never called. All of their close-in play involves hooking or holding or interference or crosschecking. Almost never called. Reckless stick stuff, uncalled.

Then you get a player who isn't dirty, and they're called the second they slip up. Guilty of the infraction? Yeah, usually. But they're held to a different standard. It's the definition of unfairness.

That's the problem Ted, it's cloudy for the public. Refs obviously answer to the league, but the fans don't know the league's or refs intentions.

Guess they've taken a page from the Pierre Gauthier book.

They also don't publicize their decisions. The league always says that issues with officials are handled in some way. Perhaps they are. We never know, though. And given the NHL's reputation, it's not unreasonable to doubt they're doing anything of real substance or value.

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