Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Clean Hit By Stamkos Called Boarding Costs Lightning Game; Is Touching Greg Campbell Now Illegal? w/Video

In the NHL you expect bad calls and you expect superstars to get calls as happens in all sports.  You do not like that it is that way, but you have to accept to some extent as part of how the game goes. Someone forgot to tell the referees that Steven Stamkos is the superstar and Gregory Campbell is just the son of the Director of Hockey Operations because obviously they got a different email from Colin which said any touching of Greg was a penalty.

Tonight with just 1:50 left in tonight's Tampa Bay Lightning Boston Bruins game Stamkos would hit the younger Campbell with a clean shoulder hit in the defensive zone which would astonishingly be called a boarding penalty against Stamkos.

On the the resulting power play Mark Recchi would score with just 20 seconds left in the game and give the Bruins a 4-3 win thanks to the bogus call.  Preferential treatment when you are a star is one thing, but getting it because of who your daddy is falls under a completely different category altogether and is unacceptable.  Guess the referee who made the call was looking for a congratulatory email instead of being scolded and with how it turned out maybe he will get two for a job "well done."