Kings won the Cup props to them. Sadly it in large part the result of the worst officiating I’ve ever witnessed in all of sport. Chris Rooney and/or Dan O’Rourke made the right cal. Bernier deserved the major he got. Where they totally blew it was a few seconds before the hit on Scuderi when Kings Jarred Stoll lined up Devils Brian Gionta for a needless check from behind at the Devils bench. If Rooney and O’Rourke make the call, the hit on Scuderi likely doesn’t happen.
Devils lost their cool as the Kings scored 3 goals on the ensuing 5 minute PP. That isn’t forgivable of course but it’s at least understandable.
Enjoy your Cup Kings. Just don’t tell me you won it on the square. Kings won it as a result of human error. At various times throughout the season this blog has called upon the NHL to improve the quality of its officiating. Now that negligence has sullied one of hockey’s showcase moments.
This morning after, apologists are out in force in the NHL pandering corporate media. They can spin it but they won’t sell it to anything but Kool-Aid drinking Kings fans.
Had Rooney & O’Rourke called the game fairly, the play wouldn’t have happened as I’ve already shown. A sharp-eyed Bob McKenzie points out that the both Brown & Penner could have been called for minors on the play. Had the game been called properly, those calls would have resulted in the Devils getting a 4 on 3 and the Kings getting a 3 minute 5 on 4.
Also maybe now everyone can appreciate why I’ve been calling the NHL and the Stanley Cup hockey’s 2nd best after the Olympics.