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DINEEN OFFICIALLY UPSET: Panthers Coach Upset with 'Lack of Respect'

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Panthers coach Kevin Dineen has been more than a little unhappy with his team's perceived treatment from officials this season - and it does seem the Panthers have, as general manager Dale Tallon said Sunday, get "no respect."

On Sunday, Dineen was livid after officials missed, or just didn't call, a obvious trip from Ottawa's Erik Condra on T.J. Brennan during a third period power play.

Florida would have had an extended 5-on-3 chance had the trip been called. Kulikov scored during that power play anyway. Florida was 1-for-1 on the power play Sunday; the Sens were 0-5.

"We worked so hard to get some respectability last year,'' Dineen said. "These guys are human; they look at the standings before the game and go 'this thing should play out a certain way.' We get no respect and it's our fault. Our situation is what it is.''

Goc, who scored Florida's first goal, was bloodied after a stick to the mouth that not only didn't draw a four-minute penalty but wasn't called a penalty at all.

Last month, officials didn't penalize New York's Rick Nash after he left his feet to deliver an elbow to Tomas Kopecky's head - yet ejected Colby Robak for a soft tap the next game.

Florida has been on the penalty kill 125 times this season and has had the advantage 120 times.


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This is nothing new. NHL referees/linesmen time and time again have proven to be the worst officials in professional sports. Even since they added a 2nd referee years ago, they still miss too much for it to be coincidental. NBA officials are really bad too, but they don't even approach the incompetence of NHL refs.

I agree with Chris. NHL referees/linesmen are absolutely terrible. I watch NHL CenterIce and as easy is it to feel they have something against the Panthers, the truth is they are just plain bad or are betting on games because they are too bad in too many games with too many teams not just the Panthers. Whomever is in charge of referees & linesmen should be fired and a replaced. The refs are a joke and every GM in the league knows it, now they need to insist on doing something about it.

ADD in Ovechkin's railroading of Versteeg earlier this season that didn't get a penalty nor any subsequent discipline despite giving Steeger a concussion and compare it to Gudbranson's that got him a 5 min major and game misconduct penalty. total BS. But the NHL will apologize once again....

Excellent point, Carl.

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