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  • Rule Book Research: Rules Ignored in Game 5


    I pulled out the rule book so you can determine what that calls should have been. I'll tell you, there was a lot of them. For instance, the rule for interference is a long dissertation that, frankly, I will just link to here.

    I pulled Rule 40 because it directly describes situations in which players use force on an official. Any other league would have flagged, "T'd up", or red carded him in a second.

    Clearly, Landskog should have been tossed fromthe game and, at a minimum, should be suspended for 3 games. But, since he was never ejected, the process for supplemental discipline was never started..

    Sure it was an altercation, but Koivu was hardly a willing participant.

    With that non-call by the officiating crew, the puck was played up the boards to Paul Stastny. Nathan MacKinnon was a step over the blue line which should have resulted in an offsides infraction.

    Wild fans on the Twitterverse blew up with accusations that the refs were, "paid off," or the the NHL, "had the fix in." First off, this isn't the NBA. Secondly, complain about the utter incompetence of the game officials, not that they had this game rigged. Ultimately, the Wild didn't make the right plays, or enough plays, in the final minutes of Game 5 to win the game. It just made it harder when they were seemingly battling the referees as well.




    This video is courtesy of @KenSolomon

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