Very well put.
I don't think Datsyuk's was legit as it didn't look like he used his hand, but the others were legit calls taken individually. It's just the total lack of consistency throughout the game.
And to think the refs are doing it intentionally to manufacture drama for NBC is tinfoil hat stuff. Bad officiating is bad officiating.
I know they had to spend a ton of time killing penalties but when you're only goal is a fluke bounce off the back of a goalie's head, it's hard to win games. And the Kings game winner came on an awful play by Emmerton, completely letting Kopitar go free while also wiping out Ericsson.
I really can't fault the refs on calls that look bad but we have the benefit of instant replay. As someone who officiates hockey, a lot of these calls are made in the moment. Mistakes are made in the course of every game. The issue here is that if the call goes for the Wings, everyone says we will take it. If a call goes against the Wings, everyone berates the refs no matter what the call it. It could be a clear cut and dry obstruction or interference call, and it would still be called "weak" or "horrible" by some people.
The only way to make the system better is by changing the system. There isn't a single referee out there that is going to call a perfect game on a consistent basis. So changing the system is the only option, and one the NHL has experimented with. Such as putting one ref on a chair in the scorers table that is elevated above the boards to watch the play. From that birdseye view, referee calls were much more consistent, but the NHL didn't make the change.
Even through all that, the fans will still be the most critical of the refs, especially for calls against their team.
Edited by Nightfall, 28 February 2013 - 04:19 PM.