2. Take the Game out of the Officials’ Hands
Look, I know this isn’t an easy thing to do. This shouldn’t be something to consider or worry about. But the fact of the matter is that in two straight games, the officials have made questionable calls while missing calls that are blatant infractions. $25,000 have already been paid for comments about how bad the officials have been. We all know this.
So how can the Carolina Hurricanes keep the stripes out of influencing this game and avoid losing their head?
There is no straightforward or easy answer. While one might say that all you have to do is play a clean game, I just have to point to footage of Teuvo Teravainen waiting at the faceoff circle for a scoring chance and getting run into and high-sticked by an inattentive Bruin who then bounces off of Turbo.
Because Turbo ended up being the one sent to the box for a two-minute penalty that ended up allowing Boston to tie up the game. Natural that he would get penalized because he is a noted goon with eight penalty minutes all season.
So it is up to the Carolina Hurricanes to make up for whatever the officials cook up in today’s game. They can’t go in expecting a fair shake at this game. But they need to let their talents speak for themselves. The officials can’t give the Bruins a goal that never sees the back of the net (empty net penalties aside).
After all, “puck don’t lie”. But that also means holding onto the said puck.