What We Learned: the NHL has an officiating problem, is there a solution?

I'm not going to tell you that the NHL's officials do a good job of calling the games. I'm saying the opposite.

Yes, they have a hard job that's always going to leave someone upset, and a lot of media members will scold you if you even say they had a bad game, but it feels lately like the postgame criticism of officials on the part of coaches in particular has reached some kind of fever pitch.

On Saturday night, Sheldon Keefe bemoaned that Tampa went hog wild with infractions after the controversial Morgan Rielly hit on Brayden Point that turned into a melee and only resulted in the Maple Leafs getting a two-minute power play. And he's not, like, wrong. Per se. The way that whole thing played out probably should have resulted in more penalties than the seven that were doled out: four of them

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NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Nathan MacKinnon Jake Oettinger Jon Cooper Sheldon Keefe Lane Lambert Jay Woodcroft
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