Somebody needs to tell referees Marc Joanette and Tim Peel how important these games are as the NHL season winds down.
Joanette and Peel had a bad night in the Hawks’ 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay in a shootout on Wednesday.
First they missed Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina’s elbow to Dave Bolland’s head in the second period that knocked the Hawks center out of the game with a possible concussion.
It was a blatant head shot – just the thing the NHL wants to take out of the game. Guess Joanette and Peel didn’t get that memo.
Then Joanette and Peel allowed Martin St. Louis’ deciding shootout goal to count even though replays showed the puck stopped moving forward, which is against the rules.
“I need an explanation on that last goal in the shootout,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “You can’t lose forward motion – he came to a complete stop.”
According to Quenneville it was not a play that could be reviewed by officials in Toronto. Why the heck not, if that is the case?