By Allan Muir
There are blown calls every single day in the NHL, and as long as we’re sticking with human officials that’s not changing any time soon.
But blown calls are one thing.
This is something else.
As one veteran hockey official told me after watching the play tonight, “First thing I thought: we won’t be seeing [linesman Derek Amell] in the playoffs.”
Amell was in perfect position as the play unfolded directly in front of him, unscreened, and yet somehow missed that Colorado’s Matt Duchene was about five feet deep in the zone before the puck followed him across the blue line. Duchene was actually looking back at the puck the whole time.