For years it's been assumed that games in the regular season and playoffs will be officiated differently. Scott Burnside asks, is that hurting game?
It would be a whole lot more gratifying if the complainers took a good hard look in the mirror before taking the easy way out and blaming officials, even if they turned out to be on the wrong end of a few calls, writes Scott Burnside.
Scott Burnside revists an NHL trade that works and this past week's referee controversies in this week's Power Play.
When the history of the NHL is written, people like Brendan Shanahan will be credited with turning the game around after the lockout. But the game owes a debt of gratitude to Stephen Walkom.
By all accounts, Dan O'Halloran shouldn't be here. He survived a near-fatal shooting and strived to become an NHL referee. Now, he's on the ice for his second straight Stanley Cup finals.
Scott Burnside says if Sean Avery can survive in New York without driving everyone crazy, that will be a feat in and of itself.
Referees and linesmen were praised for sticking to their guns for the entire season. Now, they look to build on that success and learn from the league's on-ice examples.
Players and coaches have had to adapt to the new NHL, but so have on-ice officials, writes Scott Burnside.