by Ryan

I’m actually watching the rest of the game again right now, but seriously, how is this a charging penalty?

I know the charging rules are a bit iffy and we’re in no way objective here, but how do you call that a charge? Stayed on his feet, more glide than stride, and the puck was right there. I know Kalata has a bit of a reputation at this point, but is he supposed to sit there and let Rod do whatever he wants with the puck?

Even more so than the call itself, how do you justify calling that penalty at that juncture in the game? Less than ten minutes left in a tie game with huge playoff implications, and you’re giving a team with an already lopsided penalty total another power play? I know there is no required reciprocity when it comes to penalty totals, but we all know the rules are a bit different in big games.

As a Sabres fan of course I’m going to be critical of a call like that, but even more so, as a hockey fan I don’t want to see that call made. Thank God the game wasn’t decided on that power play. The last thing we need are great games being determined by a referee making a questionable call from center ice. There are necessary penalty calls to make (Gaustad’s hook, for one) and then there are the ones you hate as a hockey fan.

I hated that call last night, and I know I’m not alone. Is consistency really too much to ask in a situation like this?


  1. Jennifer

    I was there and I can tell you that EVERY Sabres fan in that building had the same question. WTF??? That was a clean hit, no question. Even the Canes fan next to me didn’t think it was a fair call.

  2. Ryan

    What was the atmosphere like in the building? I was down there for Game Five back in 2006, and I wasn’t impressed by the building or the fans. See anything worth mentioning?

  3. Jennifer

    There were quite a few Sabres fans there, as there have been at last 2 I have been at. It’s the only building I’ve seen live hockey in, and I only go when the Sabres are in town, so I’m always in awe. It was very LOUD.

    I saw Spacek go down and when he didn’t jump right back up, I was like “oh shit, this ain’t good”. He’s not one to embellish a hit or injury. It was sad to see him trying to get up and not able to.

    And I could not believe that they didn’t call a single penalty on Carolina ALL NIGHT!

    Win or loose, a live hockey game is awesome. Although I would like to see the Sabres win one for a change!

    If you get down this way for another game, let me know. I’d love to meet up. The more Sabres fans in the house, the better!!!

  4. Jennifer

    My BIGGEST complaint about the building, they will not let you hit on the glass. When I went in October of 2007, we were told to “stop hitting on the glass, this isn’t Buffalo”. NOT COOL!

  5. Jill

    Being a Sabres fan I think that call was crap. The only thing I can think of is that Patty K came from near center ice and hit hard and loud. BUT reading the rule you don’t necessarily have to leave your feet in order for it to be considered a charging call… it’s the discretion of the ref depending on the violence of the hit.

    43.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

    43.2 Minor Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player or goalkeeper guilty of charging an opponent.

    So reading these rules… I suppose he made the right call but I don’t have to like it.

  6. Keith

    Being a Sabres fan in carolina sucks. they left hockey etiquette cards for “everyone”. There were a ton of police, one sabres fan was kicked out. No “cussin” or swearing, you will be kicked out. You can’t be too loud or carolina fans get pissed and complain. It’s more like going to a evangelical church on sunday than hockey. oh yeah they dont want us drinking, their wasnt one beer vendor in our section which mostly was buffalo fans.