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The NHL has once again covered itself in ridicule, and the Canadiens are paying the price

Published February 10, 2024 at 8:11 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
The topic that will always generate the least consensus in hockey is that of officiating. Calls are inconsistent, referees don't act the same way, and star players seem to be less targeted.

However, when a rule is clearly stated, and referees make a contradictory decision, it becomes quite embarrassing.

In the game between the Canadiens and the Stars, Jake Evans received a four-minute penalty for high-sticking. According to the rules, the player must be bleeding for it to be called that way.

However, Joe Pavelski was not bleeding, and yet Evans still received a four-minute penalty. When your team is trailing 3-2 in the third period, the difference between two and four minutes in the penalty box is enormous.


Many observers are frustrated with the situation. The Canadiens might not have won, but they would have had an additional chance.

"No blood, four-minute penalty? Excuse me? Such an inconsistent league!"

Indeed, it is difficult to understand. The inconsistency in officiating has once again made the NHL look ridiculous. When penalties are a matter of judgment, like interference, for example, it's understandable. But here, it's total incomprehension.


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The NHL has once again covered itself in ridicule, and the Canadiens are paying the price

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