Sorry, Eddie, we all love you. But you’re wrong, and the tripping call by the official against Patrick Kane in overtime was complete and utter crap.
NHL 2010-11 Official Rule Book, Rule 57 – Tripping, Section 57.1, paragraph 3:
If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player makes contact with the puck first and subsequently trips the opponent in so doing, no penalty shall be assessed.
There was no “opinion of the referee” needed here. If Kane had not touched the puck first, it would not have been careening towards the boards and up the ice towards the ref who called the penalty!
So sorry, Mr. Olczyk, read the rule book. The ref was wrong, the call was crap, and that call could have cost the Blackhawks the game.
This extends the streak of badly called games by NHL officials to 35,466,907. These refs are pathetic, and the league risks the integrity of the game and the loyalty of its fans when it allows this kind of shit to go unpunished.
Sorry, had to get this up and make sure Blackhawks fans knew the truth. Jeff will have a more in-depth report on this game (plus Boxing!) later in the weekend.
Hawks have the Ducks at home on Sunday, we’ll preview that match-up right here for you, so check back and watch for our tweets!