The Nashville Predators were up 3-0 in the first period against the Ottawa Senators.
But the Senators came storming back, dominating the second and third periods, scoring three unanswered goals and forcing overtime.
In overtime, Claude Giroux scored to win it for the Senators, but fans were still left furious over an incident that occurred in the second period of the game.
Twenty seconds remained when Ridly Greig skated across the offensive zone with the puck. Jeremy Lauzon slashed him in the most … sensitive part of his body, and Greig fell to the ice in pain.
But the officials called him for embellishment on the play and sent him and Lauzon to the penalty box for slashing and embellishment, respectively.
The teams headed into the second intermission with the game tied and 1:40 of four-on-four play left, but the Senators fans were absolutely fuming that they didn’t get the chance to play on the powerplay to start the third.
On social media, not just Senators fans slammed the officials for the embellishment call, and Senators fans were even more angry by the fact that they were called for it for the second game in a row.
”Of all the times they could have called embellishment this season. They choose this play,” one user said on social media.
”Subjective feeling but the Sens are the only team the Devils have played this year where I felt like the refs hated them more than us,” another said.
”Embellishment is one of those penalties you need to make sure you get 100% right before calling it. What a garbage call,” a third said.
Overall, fans have been harsh on the referees this season, with many feeling their calls are too inconsistent. Fans think this was just another example of it.
”Another refs masterclass as usual,” one fan said.
”The refs have gotta be just trolling at this point,” another said.
”Looks like the refs are getting more and more calls wrong. Like this,” a third added.