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May 7th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Supplement to Game Four review

"There are stories of coincidence and chance, of intersections and strange things told, and which is which and who only knows? And we generally say, 'Well, if that was in a movie, I wouldn't believe it.'" ~ from the movie Magnolia

So what do we make of the officiating spectacle witnessed at the Bell Centre tonight?

As you know, I rarely make mention of the referees, expecting an occasional mistake. But, it was hard to ignore them tonight. Refereeing was not only a subtext but was almost the feature attraction.

I write 'almost' because if not for the third period heroics of the Canadiens, officiating would be the only thing we talked about afterward.

How bad was it? In a word, pathetic!

Eric Furlatt and Paul Devorski invoked memories of Josef Kompalla against Team Canada by delivering one the worst officiating performances in recent playoff memory.

Sometimes, referees miss calls on both sides, don't see infractions behind the play, or are inconsistent. None of those apply. It was much worse.

The penalties that they missed were blatant and went against the Canadiens exclusive ...

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