Do Refs Decide Who Wins The Game?

Posted: 18th May 2010 by Melissa Bauer-Herzog in NHL
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Imagine this: A hockey player lining up a perfect shot towards the net. He has a clear path and is almost guaranteed a goal. The next thing you know, he is slammed from behind and needs to be helped off the ice. Because of the hit, he doesn’t return that night and misses a few games. No penalty is called on his attacker. A little extreme maybe, but we have all seen those penalties that should have been called but weren’t or penalties that were called that were obviously a reach. Even the best teams have been brought down by a multitude of random calls. So the question becomes, do referees have more of an impact on the outcome of games than we realize? In a perfect world, refs are there to make sure rules are followed and nothing extreme breaks out.  ...

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