NHL Playoffs: Referees Gone Bad, Canadiens Conspiracy? Rangers Win

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Henrik Lundquist looking at Cheesy Bruin

MARLBORO, NY – Do you remember way back to your childhood at the exact time when you thought professional wrestling was real? You were upset that the good guy was being beaten by some illegal form of chicanery by the villain, who was hiding a pair of brass knuckles – or the like  – from the “unknowing” referee. Well, on Friday night I experienced this type of ineptitude with the NHL Playoffs. The referees who tried to officiate my beloved Boston Bruins out of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators.

This story begins with GAME 3, culminating with a Riley Nash retaliatory penalty on Bobby Ryan in OT which should have been matching minors, except the stooges in striped shirts put Ottawa on the eventual game winning PP also scored by the aforementioned Ryan.  The normally even-mannered color commentator Pierre McGuire was adamant that the refs blew the play by not calling dual minors so don’t tell me I’m being biased here.  You judge the bullshit yourself…

During GAME 5 the refs aspired to greater follies in OT again by disallowing a Bruins goal on a very questionable goalie interference call and then egregiously not calling for a penalty or penalty shot in the second overtime period.  Again, you play referee by watching the highlights below (FWD to 4:05).  Keep in mind the rule straight from the official NHL Rulebook…  67.4 Penalty Shot – If a defending player, except a goalkeeper, while play is in progress, falls on the puck (which Jean-Gabriel Pageau does), holds the puck (which he does), picks up the puck, or gathers the puck into his body or hands from the ice in the goal crease area (which he does), the play shall be stopped immediately and a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team(which the referees didn’t do).

The analysis on all broadcasts has been of incredulous nature concerning the referees screwing up these calls and thus determining the outcome of games.  There might be a conspiracy against the Bruins but more of a plot to advance the Senators who are a Canadian team (and wouldn’t the league love a Montreal-Ottawa series so be careful Rangers fans) and are riding the feel good story of goalie Craig Anderson, who left his team early in the year in order to care for his cancer-stricken wife and returned to help the team gain a playoff birth. I will continue my combination of bourbon and Xanax to quell my heightened anxiety when it comes to the zebras in these Bruins games.

Reminder From Netminder: “Hey Cheesy, I’m still playing.” -Hank Lundquist

The type of officiating going on in this series is that of what we saw in the 1972 Men’s Olympic Basketball between USA-USSR, when the refs reset the final seconds a million times until the Soviets prevailed.  If you’re under the age of forty, you’ll be amazed at that blatant thievery.

At any given time the Bruins are facing this type of adversity playing the four referees and five Senators skaters making for a penalty-kill situation all game long.  Consider the Bruins won on Friday night to force Game 6 later on this afternoon or else the tone of this column would have been an expletive-laden effort.  LET’S GO BRUINS!

That’s it. Please comment below and come back tomorrow for a man who knows only playoff hockey pain, DJ Eberle. And please follow us on Twitter – @CheesyBruin & @MeetTheMatts, @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb - twice. The Cheese Man's a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won't shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.
  • benwhit

    Questionable calls surely, but would the league really love an Ottawa Montreal series?

    • Matt McCarthy

      Sounds like somebody needs a big bowl of Crybaby Soup! Your #Bruins shouldn’t have been in the playoffs, guy! LET’S GO NY HANKS!

      • Cheesybruin

        Be glad the Bruins won, McCarthy or every other word would have been one that the FCC prohibits and you would’ve had a hell of a time editing!

        • Doctor Emrick

          I left the Rangers for dead after Game 3. Really remarkable turnaround.

    • Cheesybruin

      Ben, how often do we hear x amount of Canadian teams made the playoffs every year around April? I understand it’s Canada’s national pastime and they’ll watch because it’s hockey but there’s a whole other patriotic demographic up North that probably watches when only Canadian teams are in. Just my opinion, however.

      • benwhit

        I don’t know Hombre de Queso, Ottawa is a pretty small market. And why didn’t the refs screw the Rangers then? Even Alex Jones can’t get behind this conspiracy theory.
        Refs make bad calls.

  • jgclancy

    Forgive Cheesy…usually he prefers whiskey over whine. That OT call in Game 3 was S though.–in the playoffs?
    Rooting for your BB’s today Cheeseman—want them to win and have a slammin Game 7 so whoever wins is beaten up & tired against a well rested Big Blue Machine
    Go Rangers!!
    Wonder how good those Game 1 seats will be?

  • GrindingAx

    Cheesy, we are pulling for the Bruins to overcome your conspiracy theory so we can humiliate them. Let’s Go Rangers!

    • Please bring on the Bruins! That would be a 2nd round day at the beach!

  • AngryWard

    Hopefully no one on Ottawa takes out a “foreign object” and decks any of your beloved Bs. Pulling for your guys, Cheeseman.

  • jgclancy

    Poor Bruins—-failed to get the winner in the net in the 3rd–they were doomed…..

  • Junoir Blaber

    What kind of name is Pierre McGuire? Pick a country! Worst than Alain Rolland!!

    I can’t believe the Edmonton Oilers don’t suck, why isn’t anyone talking about that

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