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09:39 AM ET 12.21 | If NHL officials can't use video reviews for penalties, the Oilers are wondering why Mike Leggo and Greg Kimmerly appeared to do just that Thursday in Denver. Sam Gagner initially received a two-minute minor for a nasty high stick across Paul Stastny's face, but the Oilers contend it was upgraded to five and a game after the refs saw it again on the big screen. Five and a game is the right call, they agree on that, but weren't thrilled with how it got there. "They originally had it up for two minutes and then the big, huge jumbotron showed the replay and all of a sudden it's five minutes," said Taylor Hall. "I was just questioning the fact that they could change their call. (The incident) didn't look great, it maybe should have been a five to start it off, I was just questioning why they could change it like that."

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December 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET

In so many games the refereeing is simply deplorable but, changing a call after the fact, when they're not allowed to use video review for this type of incident in the first place, is a new low. To make matters worse, they gave Hall to minutes for questioning it and, in so doing, they handed the game to Avs. These two bozos should be suspended without pay ... just like the players are.

December 21, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Hey Dallas what was it you said about the Zack Kassian hit on Gagner?

"A disturbing hit by a disturbing player"!

What say you when the shoes on the other foot?



Less intent by Kassian too.

December 21, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In so many games the refereeing is simply deplorable but, changing a call after the fact, when they're not allowed to use video review for this type of incident in the first place, is a new low. To make matters worse, they gave Hall to minutes for questioning it and, in so doing, they handed the game to Avs. These two bozos should be suspended without pay ... just like the players are.

Come on Roamer you know this just isn't true. No NHL referee can see well enough to view anything on the jumbotron.

December 21, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Speaking of replays.....

December 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Come on Roamer you know this just isn't true. No NHL referee can see well enough to view anything on the jumbotron.

Good point. What was I thinking? It must've been a fan who suggested to the ref it should've been 5 minutes.

December 21, 2013  10:07 AM ET



Not an extraordinary game by any means but the Patrick Kane chubby chasing by TSN was playoff quality.

December 21, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In so many games the refereeing is simply deplorable but, changing a call after the fact, when they're not allowed to use video review for this type of incident in the first place, is a new low. To make matters worse, they gave Hall to minutes for questioning it and, in so doing, they handed the game to Avs. These two bozos should be suspended without pay ... just like the players are.

And the other idiots at the Wings/Pens game who knew it was the Pens player who high sticked his own team mate and still gave the two minutes to the Wings player.

December 21, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey Dallas what was it you said about the Zack Kassian hit on Gagner? "A disturbing hit by a disturbing player"! What say you when the shoes on the other foot? Less intent by Kassian too.

Dallas Eakins isn't whining about the 5 minutes. In fact, he said right after the game that Gagner's actions deserved it. His complaint was about the referee reversing the original call, which he already signaled and announced over the PA system and was posted. That is bizarre and disturbing behavior. What made even it worse is that he refused to explain himself to the Oilers players or coach. The least he could've done is to skate over to the Oilers bench and said, "Look, I blew it. I'm just making it right." That would've been the end of it. Instead, he gave them an extra 2 minutes for asking for an explanation. Everybody should be concerned about that kind of ineptness and arrogance.

December 21, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And the other idiots at the Wings/Pens game who knew it was the Pens player who high sticked his own team mate and still gave the two minutes to the Wings player.

Too many idiots are wearing the stripped shirts in the NHL these days. What irks the most me is their absolute arrogance and refusal to own up to their own screw ups. A true professional referee (like the ones we used to have once upon a time) would skate over to the bench and explain the call or non-call to the coach and that's the end of it. The coaches may not like the explanation but they'll respect it. That simple action by the refs helps settle the game down.

December 21, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Dallas Eakins isn't whining about the 5 minutes. In fact, he said right after the game that Gagner's actions deserved it. His complaint was about the referee reversing the original call, which he already signaled and announced over the PA system and was posted. That is bizarre and disturbing behavior. What made even it worse is that he refused to explain himself to the Oilers players or coach. The least he could've done is to skate over to the Oilers bench and said, "Look, I blew it. I'm just making it right." That would've been the end of it. Instead, he gave them an extra 2 minutes for asking for an explanation. Everybody should be concerned about that kind of ineptness and arrogance.

I'm fully aware of this Roamer. My issue is with Eakins being a snivelling little prick when Gagner got clocked. S hit happens. To call a player "disturbing" is way over the top.

You didn't hear this kind of crap from Babs when Dats got elbowed into a concussion.

December 21, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Not an extraordinary game by any means but the Patrick Kane chubby chasing by TSN was playoff quality.

Crazy thing is the Hawks don't have to play 'extraordinary' hockey to win on most nights.

December 21, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

To call a player "disturbing" is way over the top.

What, you don't find Kassian ... disturbing?

December 21, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

You didn't hear this kind of crap from Babs when Dats got elbowed into a concussion.

Oh, you can bet your boots he did. Difference is Babs' been around a little longer than Eakins and learned to say what he really feels when there aren't any reporters around.

December 21, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What, you don't find Kassian ... disturbing?

Well maybe that missing tooth.

December 21, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh, you can bet your boots he did. Difference is Babs' been around a little longer than Eakins and learned to say what he really feels when there aren't any reporters around.

Ed Zachary.

December 21, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Ed Zachary.

:-)

December 21, 2013  11:42 AM ET

New way to spell pure crap - NHL. G.Ari Battdung, and everyone that works for him have to go.

December 21, 2013  12:59 PM ET

The Laws (rules) are for them, not us.

December 21, 2013  01:05 PM ET

I think the new designated back-stabber rule should be brought out of the closet, and put into the 'regular' rule book - or, at least inform all of the teams about it.

 
December 21, 2013  01:16 PM ET

That is, those refs got confused, and thought Gagner was the sOilers DBS, but then they realized that Canarduckian teams aren't included in that program - they's just trying hard to keep up as it were. Which brings us to the point of noticing just how close we are, to having not-one-single-north-of-the-border-team involved in the Stanleys this year. Yes, everything is done soooo much better down there. You say you want a Dee-volution, well... you know - wot's good for Scotland, eh.

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