The Penguins scored with just over six minutes left in the game to take a 3-2 lead. Fast forward another minute and referee Chris Lee blows his whistle moments after Scott Gomez slams home a goal that should have tied the game at three. The puck appears to go under Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury for a moment and then skitters into the wide open crease before Gomez gets his stick on it.
Referees are instructed to blow the whistle when they lose sight of the puck, which sort of helps to explain why this sort of thing can happen in the first place. They lose sight of the puck assuming it is under the netminder, and in situations like these when the whistle comes late, well, it only seems to make things worse.
We've got conspiracy:
Thinly veiled threats:RT @All_Habs: True, but Chris Lee is always controversial in MTL. . all the NHL refs are bad and the Pens are Gary's darlings
Not-quite-so-veiled threats:@johnmbennett: I hope Chris Lee runs out of the building...because he doesnt deserve to be a ref in this league
(Translation: Does anyone have Chris Lee's address?)@pabirtz: Quelqu'un a l'adresse de Chris Lee?
And then there's the worst insult of them all from @arif_Igdebeli:@campattendant: Carey 2nd star...Chris Lee 1st
Chris Lee is the new Kerry Fraser? Ouch.Mets-en !! : Chris Lee, c'est le nouveau Kerry Fraser /via @silversly