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The NHL has become a laughingstock, and the Montreal Canadiens are its victims

Published February 18, 2024 at 4:33 PM

Yes, mistakes happen, and no, we don't intend to attribute Saturday night's defeat to a linesman's error. However, it remains a significant mistake and embarrasses the NHL.

In the last minute of the 3rd period, the Canadiens were trailing 4-3, had a power play, and Jake Allen was pulled for an extra attacker. The Capitals cleared the puck from their zone, which is legal when a team has a player in the penalty box.

The referee made a monumental blunder by calling a stoppage of play nonetheless, forcing a faceoff at center ice. Martin St-Louis had to send Jake Allen back into the mix, and the Canadiens lost precious seconds.

The fact is that restarting the attack at 6-on-4 would have taken about 5 seconds, while regaining control of the puck, sending Allen back to the bench, and everything else can take much more time.

Many journalists and experts are outraged by such an error in the NHL. It's the kind of mistake that can have a major impact on the outcome of a game.

"Thanks to this incompetent linesman, the Habs now have a face-off at centre ice instead of just possession of the puck.

Allen has to go hack in the net." - Matt Drake

"Calling icing with less than a minute left when a team is on a power play simply should not happen at the NHL level." - Arpon Basu

"How does an NHL linesman not realize the Canadiens are on a power play in final minute of game and calls an icing against Capitals?" - Stu Cowan

February 18   |   709 answers
The NHL has become a laughingstock, and the Montreal Canadiens are its victims

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