Yea, because referees who swallow their whistles when the puck is in the goalie garner so much respect. As a goalie, I would rather the ref err on the side of caution rather than have someone slash the hell out of me or jam his stick into my chest looking for something that I clearly have covered.
The favored team statement you gave is pure nonsense and I feel dumber just reading it.
It was obvious that the play was blown dead a good second or two before the puck went in. I don't see how instant replay or a coaches challenge is going to fix this problem.
I know there have been situations that I have benefitted from the ref losing sight of the puck, just as there are instances of the opposite. In short, no easy way to fix them other than altering the way the game is officiated in some way, shape, or form that will probably involve removing referees from the ice surface.
A lot of these goals are waived off even when the whistle hasn't been blown yet, because of the intent to blow bulls***. Also, that whistle should have never happened as quickly as it did.
In the end, the Habs are the most beatable team left in the playoffs. They struggle to score. They scored 2 goals in their last 3 games. Price can't get a shutout every night. Wings held the highest scoring team to just 9 goals in 5 games. The Habs are nowhere near the team some make them out to be.