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Extremely embarrassing scene for the referees, who once again miss a call against the Canadiens

Published January 16, 2024 at 11:05
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

It's often said that the star players receive preferential treatment that other players don't. Former referees have confirmed this, stating that people in the stands come to watch them play, not to see them in the penalty box.

The Canadiens don't have a big star, so no preferential treatment. This was evident in the game against the Edmonton Oilers, with two penalties called against the Habs in the final minutes and overtime.

Monday night, in the game against the Avalanche, many believe the Canadiens were once again on the receiving end of preferential treatment. On the sequence leading to Rafaël Harvey-Pinard's goal, Nathan MacKinnon clearly tripped Jake Evans. The puck was right there, so the referees undoubtedly saw it.

The star forward even stopped playing when he touched the puck because he knew he was guilty and should be penalized.


"Look how MacKinnon acts like the play is dead as soon as he touched the puck after the trip.

Even he thought it was a penalty, it was that obvious!" - Habs Chronicle

It's infuriating to see penalties called for minor infractions while blatant actions go unpunished. In this sequence, it's simply embarrassing for the referees, who should have called a penalty, even if it involved MacKinnon.

Later in the game, Jake Evans was a victim of interference and was penalized along with his opponent for embellishment. Another moment of highly questionable officiating.

Fortunately, the Canadiens have a lot of character, and RHP's goal occurred on the same sequence.

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