Not happy

The first goal of game three was dubious. A scrum in front of the net leads to a puck under the pads of Martin Brodeur. A ref with an obstructed view doesn’t blow the whistle with said puck under said pads and after a number of whacks the puck goes in and the Kings go up thanks to Alec Martinez.

Now, these are all up for debate and biases will undoubtedly play a factor. All I know is, there have been some incredibly quick whistles in this postseason and that scrum was rather elongated in comparison to those. There are arguments to be made on both sides but neither change the fact that the whistle wasn’t blown and the Kings did score.

Martin Brodeur was rather heated about it as you can imagine.

For those of you who were wondering what Brodeur is saying, our friends at SBNation have a translation for you.

“Bull—-. Hey, you can’t make that call. … Enough. F—. It was right under my pad. He was f—–’ whacking at it.”

Not for the faint of heart.

I think the key here regarding the officiating isn’t necessarily whether the call was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ because in reality it’s all a judgment call at the best of times. The important thing is that calls are consistent and we can’t point to instances where there is a deviation from the precedent. In this case the whistle was pocketed for much longer than usual and the goal, frankly, stinks as a result.

Marty will be more than happy to tell you why if you’re not up to speed.

Comments (6)

  1. I think we can all agree this goal should not have counted. I think we can also all agree that the Kings were the much better team tonight and the New Jersey loss is at their own hands, not that of the officials.

    I have officiated at a somewhat decent level of minor hockey, so when I put myself in the shoes (skates) of the official I can understand why he thought this puck was loose. Unfortunately he’s on the far side of the net so he has to look through Brodeur to see the puck. Ya, I know once he loses sight of it he’s supposed to blow it down, but every goal mouth scramble the referee somewhat loses sight and has to guess the whereabouts of the puck (we all know how upset people get with the early whistles). The way Brodeur has the puck covered is a little unusual, he’s got the side of his pad on top of it and the way he’s positioned it would make much more sense that the puck is in front of the pad with the Kings player whacking at it. If Brodeur is trying to cover the puck with his glove, I guarantee that whistle blows. It just looks like he’s still blocking jam play by keeping his pad on the ice, too bad it was actually under his pad.

    Bad luck for the Devils, again though, you gotta score a goal before you can blame the officiating.

    • Having officiated multiple sports before — unfortunately, hockey isn’t one of them — I can definitely understand that perspective plays a big role here and impacts the missed (blown?) call. I’d actually argue that it’s a reason why it’s hard to classify calls right or wrong in any context.

      I understand that the guessing game comes into play, it’s just a tough sell when there’s been so many calls that have gone the other way over the course of the playoffs. It’s not explicitly O’Halloran’s fault and it’s very tough for the Devils to blame the officials for this game at-large, but the consistency needs to be there. That’s more the point I think is important.

    • I can agree with that.

  2. As a Kings fan, from the front view, yes it took far too long to blow the whistle. From the rear view, well, that’s jsut bad positioning for this play. As was said earlier, everybody who says that the ref should blow the whistle when he loses sight of the puck are out of their mind. He’d be blowing the whistle every 20 seconds. The puck ~could~ have been free on the ice 6 inches in front of Marty, and the ref would not have seen it, so really the “loses sight of the puck” argument is and always will be a judgement call. In this case though, bad positioning screwed the Devils.

    • I think the blowing it dead every 20 seconds thing is a slight exaggeration. The ref is there, and he sees that the Kings’ players are wacking Broduer’s pads. Generally, NHL players aren’t hitting the goalies equipment unless the puck is there. As an official, you see someone chopping away like that, it’s normally time to blow the whistle and prepare to break up the scrum.

      But, hey, you play to the whistle, I guess. This is the way this series has gone.

      • “As an official, you see someone chopping away like that, it’s normally time to blow the whistle and prepare to break up the scrum.”

        That’s interesting. I thought the opposite, in a way:

        Brodeur makes the save. The ref is in a bad position so he has to try to guess if the puck is dead. In the ref’s mind, the Kings are still pounding away, so they must be able to see it right? He feels he can’t blow the whistle until they stop jamming. If the Devils had some stones, as Justin put it, they would have put the nearest King in a headlock, and gave him a DDT and the whistle would go before anyone else got mugged.

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