NHL May Have Looked Worse Than Pens In Game 2

Two missed calls exposes league problems

The Fan Morning Show
April 30, 2018 - 11:00 am
Mike Sullivan screaming at refs

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What made you more angry as a Pittsburgh Penguins fan during and after last night's Game 2 loss to Washington: The hit to head of Brian Dumoulin from Tom Wilson that was not called a penalty or the no-goal call in the 3rd period after replay showed the puck may have crossed the goal line?

The Fan Morning Show talked about this today and how that seemed to be the main takeaways from this loss. It wasn't so much the odd-man rushes the Penguins gave up, the goals shot over Matt Murray's glove side or the 0/3 powerplay. Nope, it was how incompetant the league looked in both player safety and its replay system.

Both issues, along with goalie interference (which reared its ugly head as well in Game 2) have been problems the league has tried to deal with for years and this year is no different. This is now three in a row come playoff time and with the Washington Capitals that a Penguin has taken a controversial hit that's knocked them out of the game. In 2016, former Penguin Brooks Orpik leveled Olli Maatta with his should to Maatta's head causing a concussion. Last year, it was Matt Niskanen cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the face as he crashed the net and now this year's Tom Wilson-Alex Ovechkin sandwich of Brian Dumoulin.

You would hope that Tom Wilson would face some sort of discipline for landing a shoulder to an opponent's head but in the NHL, you just never know.

And what about that no-goal call? If we could see that it crossed the goal line on the replays shown at home, how can't the league office in Toronto figure it out? Are they seeing the same camera angles and shots? 

The Penguins may have lost the game, but the NHL looked the worst on Sunday night. 

You can hear The Fan Morning Show talking about the Tom Wilson hit below.