Originally Posted by JD_May
^And just about every series. This has been one of the most entertaining playoffs in recent memory, but it's been marred by officiating ranging from questionable to horrendous. Two of the three goals last night should not have counted; Cooke interfered with Lidstrom on PIT's 2nd goal and Hudler held someone's stick on Draper's goal (may have been Gill's stick). Pens got away with a half dozen sure-fire calls in the first two periods. Adams got hit from behind at one point, could easily have been a major, no call. Really, really bad all around. Of course, it's a lot better than the games when they HAVE made calls, and made them completely erroneously.
its a bit of a bigger gripe I have about the NHL in general, where they full on bless the fact that playoff hockey is a totally different sport than regular season hockey, which I think completely diminishes the fact that there is a regular season. Its like the NFL saying you cant pass during the regular season, just during the playoffs. And obviously that extends to the officiating. Inconsistencies aside, why is it ok to have two totally different sets of rules for regular season vs. playoffs? If you want people to be more than just fair weather fans, you need to have a consistent presentation so people dont just tune into the playoffs.