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Referee Under Fire After Admitting He Fixed Game Between Sabres And Rangers

Published December 24, 2023 at 12:34
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     
Two NHL referees are being criticized for making biased calls during last night's game between the Sabres and the Rangers.

Referees Accused of Making Controversial Calls



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It's no secret that NHL referees occasionally make questionable calls, but during the recent Sabres vs. Rangers game, the referees' decisions were blatantly biased and had a direct impact on the game's outcome.


In the first period, Sabres veteran Erik Johnson expressed his frustration over a missed call, and this frustration later cost him dearly. After engaging in a fight with Rangers rookie Willie Cuylle, Johnson received an additional two-minute penalty for instigating, despite Cuylle's clear willingness to drop the gloves.


The extra penalty left Johnson outraged, leading to his ejection from the game. His teammate Jeff Skinner received a 10-minute penalty as well.


Johnson Speaks Out Against the Refs



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Following the game, Erik Johnson candidly addressed the referees' bias, leaving no room for ambiguity.

"I don't know if there's a gray area with the instigator or what have you, but that's not an instigator. That's two willing combatants that both accept a fight after what I thought was a hit on my partner, a young player in a vulnerable spot, and he needed to answer the bell for that. I thought it was ridiculous. I'd like to say more, even if I get fined. I really don't care. I thought it was BS." - Erik Johnson


Erik Johnson was still upset when I spoke to him after the OT loss.

According to Johnson, the ref told the Sabres' bench that he was given the instigator penalty because they were complaining too much in the first period.

The Rangers ultimately won the game 4-3, and fans promptly criticized the referees.

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