NHL referees Jon McIsaac and Gord Dwyer are being targeted by Penguins fans following Thursday’s Pens vs. Sens game.
National Hockey League star Sidney Crosby slashed Ottawa defenceman Mark Methot’s finger to the point where Methot may be on the shelf for an extended period of time.
Neither referee issued a penalty. Upon seeing this, my mind went racing back to 1993.
It was game six of the Campbell Conference final. Toronto was a win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final when, in overtime, National Hockey League star Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings got a stick up on Doug Gilmour.
There was blood, but no call from referee Kerry Fraser. The Kings went on to win the game.
I believe there would have been a call had Chris Kunitz, Ian Cole or even sniper Evgeni Malkin, who leads the Penguins in penalties, slashed Methot.
Stars get preferential treatment in the NHL. Thursday’s incident wasn’t the first time such a thing has happened, and it won’t be the last.