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?