PITTSBURGH – I don’t know quite how to classify my thoughts on this one tonight. On the one hand, I believe the Avs fully deserved to lose because of some bad plays and decisions when it mattered most. On the other hand, I feel like they were victimized by a hometown officiating crew that got a couple of calls very wrong and really affected the outcome.
But as truth usually meets in the middle, the outcome represented the right one probably, if not by such a big score.
The one call that bothered me tonight more than any was Evgeni Malkin’s bear hug of Kyle Quincey behind the net in a 3-3 game. Quincey had the puck, was trying to skate out to the left with it and was grabbed from behind with two arms by Malkin. Quincey basically lost control of his stick from that, then the puck. Malkin grabbed it, then faked past Gabriel Landeskog and Semyon Varlamov for what was the game-winning goal.
Malkin should have been in the penalty box for holding. It could have been a different outcome fr...