Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey

Mike Milbury vs. NHL playoff officiating (Video)

Agreeing with Mike Milbury can either be life-affirming or patently disturbing. On NHL playoff officiating, for the most part, we find ourselves agreeing with the NBC analyst’s take that the officiating has been “lousy” in 2013.

Here’s Mad Mike on NBC Sports Network on Friday night:

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.

Again, an un-whistled hooking call in a double-overtime conference final playoff game isn’t a travesty. It’s treated as one because it led to a game-winning goal, but unless the official is a pre-cog from “Minority Report” there’s no predicting the result of the play. Had it happened in the offensive zone, perhaps it’s called. Had it happened on a scoring play, it’s likely called. In the neutral zone? Not so much.

He’s right: The officiating has been subpar this postseason, as it was subpar in the regular season. “Lousy” is, frankly, underselling it.

(It was however interesting to hear Milbury say that NBC analysts have been “kind” to the referees because they didn’t want to get in trouble. Hmmmm…)

Related coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
Stars agree to two-year, $10M deal with Sergei Gonchar
Bruins back in championship form with sweep of Penguins
Hockey's attitude toward injuries is as dumb as ever

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NHL $3K Tournament [$300 to 1st] 541/681 $5 $3000 In 32 minutes Enter
NHL $1K Tournament [$100 to 1st] 997/1136 $1 $1000 In 32 minutes Enter
NHL $2 Double Up [Win $4] 210/284 $2 $500 In 32 minutes Enter
View Comments (151)