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.