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I am new to Nucks Misconduct but I have been a lifelong Vancouver fan. What I am witnessing in this series is a complete lack of officiating - and it's almost to the point now where the officials appear to want Chicago to win and move on and for Vancouver to go home. It is a complete travesty and it kind of makes me not want to watch the game on Tuesday. I live in Pennsylvania, so the only chance I get to see them is when they are on Versus - so I'm going to watch - but I have a gut feeling I know what the outcome is going to be (even though I hope I'm completely wrong).

Vancouver hsa attempted to play a much more physical series against Chicago than they have in the past, but they have had to change their style in the last couple of games, because it seems that anytime a Canuck player lays a finger on a Blackhawks player, the whistle blows. But, the opposite doesn't hold true. The power play attempts in this series are horribly one-sided (I believe its 29-14). 14 PP attempts in six games!!!! Against Chicago!!!!! I find that very hard to believe. And, just last night for instance, there was a ton that was missed. The high stick on Daniel comes to mind, as does the hit by Bickell behind the net in OT on Bieksa. If you are going to call a penalty on Torres for the hit on Seabrook (which should have been called), Bickell should have at least been assessed the same - I don't care if it's OT of game 6 or not - a penalty is a penalty.

How about the delay of game bullshit? Hodgson gets penalized for flipping the puck in the stands, but the Chicago defender doesn't (on the same kind of clearing attempt) because it landed in the player's bench. OK, now they are just making shit up - last time I checked, whether the puck ends up in the stands or in the bench, it's out of play. What the hell is the difference?? I don't want to hear that the height of the glass is different in one area compared to the other - these guys are professional hockey players and have been doing this for a long time - they know what they are doing.

And then finally, a PENALTY SHOT on that was atrocious. I'm not even sure it deserved a penalty, let alone giving Chicago a tie game again. You could see it, even before they started providing the slow motion replay, Frolik had lost his edge before Hamhuis even touched him. It was clear to the naked eye and was absolutely ridiculous. My wife, who is somewhat new to the sport, even picked up on it before I started throwing stuff at my television. Clear as day!!

Has Vancouver played a perfect series? Hell no. But, I believe it's as clear as day who the better team is. I sure hope Vancouver wins - I think that this is the best chance the franchise has had (other than 1994) to win the CUP. I'd sure hate to see it end because the officials were pro-Chicago. Good luck Vancouver! 

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