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Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:39 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Even after his New York Rangers won the Winter Classic on Monday in Philadelphia, coach John Tortorella still had reason to complain. Let's just say he wasn't fond of the officiating that included a penalty shot being awarded to the Flyers with 19.6 seconds to go.

Asked after the game what his thoughts were about the calls at the end of the game, Torts didn't hold back. You can see it beginning at the 8:45 mark in the video below.

For the audio impaired, here's a refresher on what he said.

"I'm not sure if NBC got together with the refs or what to turn this into an overtime game," Tortorella said afterward. "It started with the non-call on Gabby's [Marian Gaborik] walk, he gets pitch-forked in the stomach and then everything starts going against us.

"For two good referees, I thought the game was reffed horribly. I'm not sure what happened there. Maybe they did want to get it to an overtime. I'm not sure if they have meetings about that or what. They're good guys, I just thought tonight, in that third period, it was disgusting."

Gary Bettman was on that same podium just a few minutes earlier. You know that caught the attention of the league offices and Torts could end up paying for what he said -- literally. That in spite of the fact that a lot of people would agree with Tortorella's view of the officiating. Including Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

"I kind of agreed with Torts at the end and his postgame comments," Wilson said on Tuesday. "I was wondering what the heck was going on."

Presumably, Wilson is just a neutral third party watching the game as an experienced hockey man making that observation. Of course, when you are a head coach, the expectations are different. If Tortorella is fined for his remarks, you might expect that Wilson will at least get a talking to that he shouldn't make such comments.

However they're only saying what a lot of people were thinking.

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Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:27 am
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

I want that loser at the bottom of this thread to post that replay or video link or picture or anything that shows a hand closed on the puck.  because i never saw a replay that showed that and the announcers were stunned and didn't even know a PS was called until Briere was getting rdy to take it.    he's so full of shite that guy with those comments about its clear as day and blah blah so lets see those clear as day pics guy come on show us! 

and 2nd its not a penalty to slide in front and push the puck out of the crease you have to close your fist on it or attempt to pin it between the ice and your hand with out letting go.  
 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:24 am
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

When a player dives on the ice behind the goalie, when the puck is there, everybody knows that the player is trying to save a goal.   When a hand goes on the ice and isn't immediately extended (McDonough) it's reasonable to assume that he was trying to squash the puck.    They missed the call, but if they didn't call it, the ref would have had to blow the whistle because he lost sight of a puck and then PHI would have a legitimate gripe.     
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The bigger issue is that scoring chance PHI created, refs miss those calls on a regular basis, it wasn't some heinous mistake.   If it was a blown offside call that's one thing, but I think this alleged mistake (the penalty shot) isn't one of the worst offenses we see by the refs on a weekly basis.   If McDonough was able to extend his hand in the initial motion, I don't think the PS is called.  





Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

Olczyk and McGuire both said during the broadcast that there should have been a penalty shot on that play because the Rangers player closed his hand on the puck in the crease.  The replay showed it clear as day. 

There's NO WAY you watched the game or had the audio on.


Olczyk didn't even know a penalty was called until Briere was coming on the ice for the penalty shot. He LOUDLY exclaimed "THERE'S GOING TO BE A PENALTY SHOT!?"



Now show me a video, a picture, a sketch, a macaroni art creation, or ANYTHING that clearly shows Ryan McDonagh's hand covering the puck. Cause there isn't one. But you saw it...........in those black and orange glasses.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

I have no idea what you think you saw.  Yes the announcers said IF he closed the hand on the puck.  However, there is no penalty for spushing or shoving the puck with a gloved hand.  He clearly slid across the crease and with arm and hand shoved the puck out of the crease and then continued and wound up with hs body across the crease.  There was noting at all clear after several replays that showed a gloved hand closed on the puck.  The call against Callahan was ridiculous.  He gets slashed/hooked around the neck area and puts his glove up to ward that off and then shoves the stick downward.  In fact the initial call was embellishing, then referee changes it to holding the stick.  And if you go back and examine the call against McDonagh earlier in the game for delay of game was also at best a borderline call as he was clearly checked into the net.  All in all a poorly officiated game.



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

How was it McDonaugh's penalty when he got shoved into the net by a Flyer and how was it Callahan's penalty when he's hooked while on his way to an empty net goal? Clearly, the refs had major dollars riding on the Flyers in this game. They were ready to do anything to get the game into a shootout and boost the NBC ratings and be able to get out of the stadium alive. The refs made a mockery of what should have been a great game to watch. Henrik foiled all their plans. Maybe next time.



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Leafs coach Wilson echoes Tortorella's remarks

Olczyk and McGuire both said during the broadcast that there should have been a penalty shot on that play because the Rangers player closed his hand on the puck in the crease.  The rule is black and white.  The official was right there and saw the play.  The replay showed it clear as day.  It was the right call.  The puck would have gone in the net otherwise.  Tortorella showed no class by making those comments, especially after a win.  It cheapens the game and makes him look like the ass most people think he is.


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