Great job. Short and to the point.
I’m not blaming the game 1 loss vs San Jose entirely on officiating, but I’d like to bring up a point. Three years ago when we played San Jose, the Blues looked pretty good, until the coach of San Jose issued his complaint about officiating. He said, “The Blues had more penalties in the regular season, so they should be getting more penalties than us now!” After that comment, the Blues received more penalties, and of course, San Jose went on to win.
This year, Vegas was on the brink of winning their series against San Jose when the infamous Pavelski hit happened. 5 minute major. 4 San Jose goals. Of course, Vegas did tie it, and forced OT, and San Jose won.
I realize, a fan sounds like a sore loser when they complain about officiating. It’s easy to point to any number of examples of missed calls, et cetera. What I’d like to see is penalties called as they happen. Game 1 opened with Pietrangelo getting cross-checked from behind, the puck is turned over, and San Jose takes a 1-0 lead. Before you know it, San Jose is on a two-man advantage. As the game progressed, we witnessed all sorts of missed calls, Perron getting a high stick in the face, Schwartz getting tackled in front of the ref. It’s frustrating, because it can have a substantial impact on the flow of the game.
I apologize for the lengthy comment. I’m excited to see the Blues in round three. It’d be nice if the referees simply called penalties when they happened...even if they must be called against San Jose, and even if their coach complains. According to his own standard, San Jose had around 140 more minutes in penalties than the Blues this season, so....Thanks for creating the blog, and for leaving comments open.
Let’s go Blues!