Following a disappointing Game 3 overtime loss to the LA Kings in the first round of the NHL Playoffs, Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl has voiced his frustration with the referees, citing inconsistency in their calls. Despite Draisaitl’s impressive performance, registering three goals and three assists for a total of six points in the series thus far, the Oilers have struggled to gain an advantage over their opponents. Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl frustrated
In a post-game interview attached to this article, Draisaitl expressed his dissatisfaction with the officiating, saying, “You don’t call a clear knee on knee right in front of you, and then you call a slashing penalty… just don’t really know what the standard is right now.” The German forward’s criticism highlights the need for more consistent refereeing throughout the playoffs, as these decisions can significantly impact the outcome of games.
Adding to the Oilers’ frustration was a controversial call on the Kings’ overtime winner. The goal appeared to involve a high-sticking infraction, but upon video review, the officials determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the call. As a result, the goal stood, giving the Kings a crucial victory in the tightly contested series, but fans took closer and closer looks on the incident, and it certainly seems like the puck does hit the stick of the Kings player.
As the playoffs continue, teams like the Oilers will be looking for more consistency and clarity in officiating to ensure that games are decided by players’ skill and effort rather than controversial calls. Whether the NHL will address these concerns remains to be seen, but the Oilers and their fans can only hope that future games will be more fairly officiated. Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl frustrated