Doc Emrick also couldn't believe NHL's putrid Game 5 officiating: 'It's mystifying'

Alex Reimer
June 07, 2019 - 9:31 am

Bruce Cassidy wasn’t the only person who blasted the NHL’s putrid officiating during Thursday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Iconic broadcaster Doc Emrick couldn’t believe what he was seeing, either.

Shortly after Tyler Bozak got away with slew-footing Noel Acciari in the third period, leading to a prolonged delay in the action in which Bruins fans pelted the ice with debris, Emrick expressed his apparent amazement at perhaps the most questionable non-call in a night that was full of them. “It is a game governed by judgment calls, and when you see what we see on replay, it’s mystifying,” he said.

Pierre McGuire also disagreed with the refs, saying definitively the play was “a trip.” 

The NBC crew was silent during some of the Blues head shots, such as when Ivan Barbashev’s elbow connected with Marcus Johansson’s head and Zack Sanford clocked Torey Krug in the noggin. They also didn’t comment on Brad Marchand’s questionable penalty in the first period, which was called after he had tried to pry a puck loose from Jordan Binnington’s grasp. 

With that history in mind, it’s telling Doc and Co. decided to speak up following the Acciari non-call. The officiating was too putrid for even the league’s hype-men to ignore. 

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