While the entire hockey world was up in arms this morning over the
officiating fiasco in last night’s Red Wings and Sharks game, NHL
director of officiating Terry Gregson is perfectly content saying that
last night’s referees did a perfectly fine job. Per
Ted Kuffan of The Detroit News:
“They set a tight
standard early on and they kept to that standard the
rest of the game,” said Gregson.
The NHL doesn’t
always back the decisions of the officials and there have been rare
instances where it’s been acknowledged that the officiating in a game
was below par. That Gregson is deciding to stick by Kevin Pollock and
Brad Watson is a bit surprising, especially for anyone who witnessed
last night’s debacle. Couple that with the mysterious tripping/high
stick and you have two games in a Red Wings series with serious
While we’ve already covered the inevitable
rise of the Detroit Red Wing tin foil hat society that made a bunch of
noise today, conspiracist (and blogger)
George Malik acknowledges that the Red Wings can’t blame the bad
calls for their two losses.
We’re not here to bash the Red Wings
fans anymore than normal, and it’s certainly tough not to feel sympathy
after last night’s game. Still, it’s nice to see some start to focus on
what the Red Wings need to change that they actually have control over.
No matter what calls were made on the ice, Detroit absolutely has to
play better if they hope to pull off a series comeback.