Again, as bad as the refs were in this game, we gave them way too many opportunities to make questionable calls.
We could have won this game in spite of the refs, but we blew it.
You can't blame the refs for our sloppy play and lack of composure.
AGAIN, this game was as winnable as they come in spite of any of the refs iffy calls, but we lost control and lost the game.
Blaming the refs is futile when you play as sloppy as we did.
We lost for a couple reasons. One, we weren't playing Red Wings hockey. We were sloppy, lazy and undisciplined.
That being said, when the refs are sof****** incompetent that they are calling phantom penalties and constantly forcing you to play on your heels because you're always on the penalty kill, that s*** is going to add up. The 2002
Wings would lose the game if these refs were calling it. You can't win the game when you're constantly on 5 on 3's because the refs caught you sneezing on the goalie and pop you for interference. Sooner or later, the team constantly on the PP is going to net goals, and that's just what happened.
Blaming the refs for this loss is absolutely correct, because if not for their stunning lack of intelligence, maybe we win this game DESPITE how poorly we played otherwise.