ROUGH NIGHT FOR OFFICIALS
Flyers fans will contend that they screwed up far more calls against the Flyers than the Panthers - and they would probably be right this time, but they were hearing it both ways.
The Flyers were wondering why they were being called for goalie interference five feet in front of the crease but the Panthers were allowed to run Ilya Bryzgalov.
That did happen.
Meanwhile, the Panthers were livid that with a two-man advantage Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros got away with a mugging in front of Bryzgalov, but Jason Garrison was called for hooking Matt Read and Read was awarded a penalty shot seconds later.
They were right too.
Of course, Auger didn't like the complaining of Panthers forward Stephen Weiss after that play and slapped him with a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct too.
I can only imagine what Weiss said.
Most upset of all was Max Talbot, who was dinged with a double minor for a high stick on Brian Campbell that didn't draw blood, but had nothing called on a play where Garrison took a two-hander to his face that cost Max a tooth and a split lip.
Of course, he too was correct.
I talked to Chris Pronger afterward and he said, Auger and Sutherland told him they didn't see the high stick on Talbot.
To which I ask - how could they not?!?!
We saw it from the press box at the other end of the rink. Auger was six feet away and the play was right in front of him.
Maybe, as it was pointed out to me privately by one Flyer, Auger didn't blow the whistle because Talbot's initial reaction was to try to finish his shot rather than throw his head back to embellish the penalty as many players tend to do.
Auger is getting a reputation as a ref who reacts to those whiplash efforts to draw a penalty. That doesn't mean there wasn't one if the show wasn't put on.
Oh well, at least Bryzgalov is playing better:
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