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Chris Lee(notes) in an NHL referee. You'll notice him to the right, where he had the best view of Montreal Canadiens agitator Maxim Lapierre's(notes) hit from behind on Scott Nichol(notes) of the San Jose Sharks in last night's Sharks win at home.

It's a shame that just as this Dale Hunter-esque check into the end boards occurred, Lee's whistle malfunctioned and his arms were suddenly paralyzed; those can be the only logical explanations for why Lapierre wasn't penalized on what is, without question, one of the most unsportsmanlike plays we've seen in the calendar year.

From the Mercury News:

San Jose hit the post a third time at 1:56 of the third period when Mitchell set up Nichol, who went crashing into the boards at the end of the play with a little help from Lapierre. A lot of pushing and shoving followed, but two other players - not Lapierre - ended up in the box for roughing.

Nichol did not return, but no information was available on the extent of any injury after what McLellan called "a missed call and a real dangerous play."

No kidding ... take a gander:

The last view at about the 1:22 mark is the revelatory one: Nichol took his shot, wasn't endangering Carey Price(notes) and then was cross-checked into the end boards. If this had been a race to the puck on an icing and this occurred, it's five minutes for boarding. Unless, of course, that decision is in the hands of Chris Lee, "the most incompetent referee in NHL history."

Should Lapierre be suspended? Dangerous hit, injury on the play ... but no penalty and, unless we're missing something, no priors for Max. (Jarkko Ruutu(notes) and Milan Lucic(notes) have been suspended for fouls against Lapierre.) But as always, please consult the Down Goes Brown suspension flow chart for clarification.

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