Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Recent History of Referees Screwing the Caps

Hello Caps fans! What a wild ride this season has been, with Game 7 coming up mere hours after this post goes live. This is an exciting time to be a Caps fan, but as we all know, there are many things that could potentially go wrong for this team. However, while a mediocre effort or poor goaltending would be disappointing, nothing would be more vexing to me than to see this incredible team's heartfelt performance this spring be undone by bad officiating. That would truly be a heart-wrenching ending to an otherwise glorious season.

With that in mind, a family friend, Capitals Season Ticket Holder and longtime fan (who would prefer to remain anonymous), has compiled a detailed look at the poor officiating the Caps have faced over the past couple of seasons. While the referees have not yet been decided for Game 7, when scoutingtherefs.com has the details, be sure to check back here to see how they have screwed the Caps in the past.

Enjoy Game 7, guys, and as always, LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Tom Chmielewski (43)πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Referee Chmielewski (shim-a-leski) called Nicky for unsportsmanlike for continuing to goal aft offsides vs CBJ (3/28/16)

Shane Heyer (55)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ & Tom Kowal (32)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Lineman Heyer & Referee Kowal make tripping call on Ovi that was incidental contact, completely bogus & stopped breakaway vs Canes (12/16/16)

Kelly Sutherland (11)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Referee Sutherland made a really bogus interference call on Beagle during a game vs Lightning (12/23/16)

Trevor Hanson (31)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Referee Hanson made bogus call of delay of game against Karl Alzner for intentionally knocking net off moorings vs Devils, (12/29/16)

Tim Peel (20)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Referee Peel calls high stick on Matt Niskanen with 7 min left in game. Seemed like an effort to prevent a shutout. Didn't work. vs CBJ (1/5/17)

Jean Hebert (15)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 
Pens vs Caps, (1/11/17):
Letang & Kuzy get into it after the former pokes Holtby. When Orlov & others join scrum (mostly hugging the group), Referee Hebert calls roughing on Orlov ... that's it! Pens score 1 of only 2 goals on PP in 5 - 2 loss.

Frederick L'Ecuyer (17)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦& Dan O'Halloran (13)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 
Caps vs Pens (1/16/17):
Middle 2nd Period, Hornqvist frustrated down 3 - 0, stiff arms Oshie in the head hard enough to snap his head back. No call from Referee L'Ecuyer who's looking straight at them. 
Start of OT, during first Caps rush, non- call by Referee O'Halloran on obvious trip of Ovechkin by Crosby. Would have been 4 on 3 PP. Instead, Pens win with OT goal on next possession.
Note: Non-calls in this game (e.g. high stick to Oshie face at the horn) were many & obvious, but these were the worst. 

Ian Walsh (29)πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Cap vs Islanders (1/31/17)
Tavares takes down Ovi and Referee Walsh does not make the call. Isles score on empty net making it 3 - 1, with time running out. Caps score next possession, but comeback is denied. Final 3 - 2.

Tom Kowal (32)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 12/16/16)
Canes vs Caps (2/7/17)
On the power play in the second period, Kuznetsov is slashed on right hand right in front of Referee Kowal with no call. Woulda been 5 on 3, but no call. 

Brad Meier (34)πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Caps vs Rangers (2/28/17)
Middle of third period: Referee Meier calls interference on Backie for downing Nash who's on the rush WITH THE PUCK & loses his edge. Trotz caught laughing ... couldn't believe the call. 

Dan O'Halloran (13)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 1/16/17)
Caps vs Rangers (2/28/17)
Ranger Mats Zuccarello comes through paint & twists Holtby's head hard enough to knock his mask off right in front of Referee O'Halloran. No call...

Dean Morton (36)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Flyers vs Caps (3/4/17)
Referee Morton gives 4 minutes to Wilson (43) & only 2 minutes to Cousins (25) in same roughing incident. 

Eric Furlatt (27)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Flyers vs Caps (3/4/17)
Referee Furlatt makes bogus roughing call on Wilson in middle of 3rd period (all about Wilson's rep)

Jon McIsaac (2)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ & TJ Luxmore (21)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Wild vs Caps (3/14/17)
Really inconsistent calls all game long from Referees McIsaac & Luxmore. 

Chris Lee (28) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Caps vs Leafs (4/19/17)
Game 4 of the Caps-Leafs series; after non-call on Hyman's cross-check (interference) on Williams in 2nd period, Referee Lee then washes out goal by Eller that would have made the score 6 - 2 Caps. Claimed goalie interference on Backstrom, when Leafs goalie Andersen actually had a hold of Backstrom. 

Wes McCauley (4) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ & Brian Pochmara (16) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Caps vs Leafs (4/21/2017)
Game 5 of the series & Referees McCauley & Pochmara make piss-poor calls the whole game starting with clip of Ovi by Kadri called "tripping" (Caps make 'em pay with PPG). Worst is "mystery whistle" in 3rd period, stopping play when Caps have a 4 on 2 break-a-way during PP. No explanation given and face-off done in neutral zone. Fortunately, Caps win in OT, 2 - 1

Wes McCauley (4) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 4/21/17)
Caps vs Pens (5/6/17)
Game 5 of the 2nd Round series. Halfway through 1st period, no score and Patric Hornqvist takes out Holtby with obvious trip in the crease, vicious enough to put Holtby on his back. No call from Referee McCauley who's looking right at the crease from the corner. 

Chris Rooney (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ & Darren Gibbs (66) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Caps vs Lightning (10/9/17)
Referee Rooney makes bogus too many men on the ice call (probably to make up for earlier faceoff violation against Tampa). Gasses Caps & they give up a tying goal. Then, in OT, Linesman Gibbs makes same poor call & Caps give up PP goal to lose in OT. 

Trevor Hanson (14) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Pens vs Caps (11/10/17)
Horrible calls all night on both sides culminating in obvious early whistle that cost Caps a goal in 3rd period. 

Anthony Sericolo (84) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Hawks v Caps (12/6/17)
Linesman Sericolo makes dumb call on Wilson’s hit on Forsling. Forsling turned his back to Wilson at last second which should have negated call. Of course, dumbass Pierre McQuire calls it a “nasty hit” until Doc & Milbury both say otherwise in the booth. Then he changed his tune ... typical.

Jon McIsaac (2) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 3/14/17)
Hawks v Caps (12/6/17)
Jon McIsaac: just as inept as last year vs Wild in March. Absolutely bogus call on Orpik in 13th min of 3rd period with Caps up 5 - 1. Referee McIsaac called a hook and replay didn’t show anything the NBC broadcasters could even remotely call a penalty. 

Dean Morton (36)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 3/4/17)
Bruins vs Caps (12/28/17)
Second period, Referee Morton, at the blue line, calls tripping by Connolly. Referee TJ Luxmore, on top of the play, does not because there was NO trip & Grzelcyk embellished. 

Evgeny Romasko (39)πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί
VGK vs Caps (2/4/18)
At end of 2nd period, Referee Romasko gives Orpik a bogus hooking call & VGK scores on PP to tie game 2 - 2. Huge impact on momentum going into 3rd period & Caps lose 4 - 3 in regulation. 

Brian Pochmara (16) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 4/21/17)
Caps vs Pens (4/1/18)
Middle of 2nd period, Malkin does a little spin with Wilson & Niskanen in the slot and his leg touches Wilson stick and he embellishes in an obvious dive. Obvious to everybody except Referee Pochmara. 2 min for tripping. 

Francis Charron (6)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Caps vs CBJ (4/19/18)
In Game 4 of the first round, Referee Charron sees Wilson’s reputation rather than the actual play. Late in the 1st period, Willie makes a great open ice hit on Cole (23 - CBJ) in the neutral zone and this idiot calls it a trip. Not even close! Then in 1st seconds of CBJ PP, makes a bogus call on CBJ for hooking to even things up and send it to 4 on 4. 

Dan O’Rourke (9)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Caps vs CBJ (4/23/18)
In Game 6 of the first round, at 2:20 of 3rd period with Caps up 3 - 1, Calvert (11) trips Djoos (29) behind Caps goal & Referee O’Rourke makes no call, even though he’s looking right them from the corner. Calvert then makes pass to Dubois (11) in front for an easy goal. CBJ now within 1 goal and coulda been a game changer. 

Marc Joanette (25)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ & Wes McCauley (4) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Pens vs Caps (5/5/18)
In game 5 of the 2nd round, poor officiating by Referee Joanette gives Pens lopsided number of PP & 2 goals. At one point Hornqvist (Pens 72) actually talks he & Referee McCauley out of a “too many men on the ice” penalty. 

Dan O'Halloran (13)πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
2X REPEAT OFFENDER (see 1/16/17 & 2/28/17)
Brad Meier (34)πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
REPEAT OFFENDER (see 28 Feb 17)
Caps vs TBL (5/13/18)
In game 2 of the series, Kunitz hooks Wilson going the net. Referee O’Halloran doesn’t make call AND calls Wilson for GT interference, even though contact was incidental & caused by Kunitz. TBL score to tie game on PP. 
2 min later Hedman (TB 77) gets hit in the face by a puck. Referees O'Halloran & Meier call it high sticking on Oshie, even though his stick never touched him. TB scores on the PP to take the lead 2 - 1. 

Special mention to NBC commentator Brian Bouche who says all this is just “getting bounces” & the Caps got them in game 1. He must still be pissed the only thing anybody remembers about his career was giving up “The Goal” to Ovi.