If you’re a Chicago fan, stop reading and leave now.
First off, let me say that that was the most poorly officiated game that I’ve ever seen in my life. The Blackhawks took so many obvious cheap shots right in front of the officials, and the officials refused to call anything for the Bruins. When a Bruin player slightly lifts up his stick, they get called out for roughing the quarterback or a double dribble (sarcasm).
There are two perfect examples of this. The first was when Michael Handzus was called out for diving after being defended by Nathan Horton, but they were both sent to the box with matching penalties. Really??? If you look back on the replay, Horton never made any attempt to trip Handzus, and Handzus’ dive was really quite obvious. Still, Horton was sent to the box because the referees felt like being unfair.
The second example of the referees being biased was when Patrick Kane decided to slash Milan Lucic in the face. Yes, he intentionally slashed Lucic’s face, and yes, it was bleeding. It was right in front of the official with no previous contact from either player. Lucic was obviously hurt and Kane was obviously high sticking and knocking Lucic’s face out. But still, no call because the referees were paid out by the Blackhawks.
Secondly, I have to say that the Blackhawks are annoying, wimpy players. Jonathan Toews just had to throw a jab at Chara, saying that he was a bad defenseman, and that Chicago “exposed” him. How many real (as in not lucky) goals you scored in this series Toews? Oh yea, none. How many bone-crushing hits did the Bruins deliver on you? Oh yea, a lot.
Also, is it just me or is the whole entire Blackhawks team cringing at every contact (or non contact) with a Bruins player hoping to draw a penalty? Bickel was out there over-exaggerating every single hit, and he looked like LeBron out there when Chara accidentally touched him (flop flop flop). Patrick Kane, in the meantime, was taking every cheap shot that he could because he knew the referees weren’t going to call him on anything anyways.
Lastly, the Bruins brought this loss upon themselves too. They usually fight their way through every situation, whether things are going their way or not, but tonight they seemed tired and beat. They couldn’t maintain possession of the puck, tripped up constantly in the neutral zone, and didn’t attack the net. They seemed like they tried to make everything perfect before they proceeded, and that caused many missed opportunities in the offensive zone. The loss of Patrice Bergeron was a huge one, as the Bruins looked almost lost without him. Brad Marchand looked especially terrible as he had no competent centerman to feed him.
The Bruins better get their act together, and start breaking the Blackhawks’ spirit. And if the referees don’t wise up before Monday then the Blackhawks will win the cup on bad calls.