This blog has taken issue with the quality of officiating in the NHL during the season and in the playoffs. The officiating has been described here as biased and one-sided. We pointed to the official league policy of “opening the game up” as evidence of an institutionalized bias to promote the skill teams at the expense of the more physical teams. Additionally, we included descriptions of specific referee instructions given to teams prior to playoff games.
This blog has always stopped short of accusing the NHL or anyone involved of being part of a criminal conspiracy.
“I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7,” he told the paper.
“For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit. I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized.”
The Caps had 16 power plays compared to the Rangers 28 during the seven game series.
Ovechkin will probably receive a hefty fine for the implied accusation.
This blog hopes the NHL takes Ovie’s complaint seriously and works to improve on ice officiating.
Note: Ovechkin’s quotes were copied and pasted from this story published by tsn.ca.