A vast conspiracy

See, Gary Bettman wants Alexander Ovechkin in the Stanley Cup finals.

The NHL president hates Canadian teams.

In fact, he hates Canada and would rather soak up the rich tradition and redolent hockey atmosphere in Phoenix and Nashville.

And Bettman will do anything in his considerable power to make sure American teams advance as far as possible in the playoffs.

Consider the latest evidence of Bettman’s perfidy:

An explicable video review stops the Canadiens momentum after Andrei Kostitsyn scores to make it 4-1.

Mike Knuble interferes with Jaro Halak on the goal that put the Capitals back in the game.

L.A. wins after Vancouver is penalized for too many men in OT.


I think not.

Alex Kovalev was put on the DL because he knew too much.

Always remember:

Paranoids have the facts, and just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the NHL isn’t trying to screw you.



  1. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    *Completely agree* in the sense of several events coming together to help us develop a conspiracy (real or imagined). Nevertheless, we DO always think it’s us against the world and that Gary has something against the success of Canadian teams in favour of his biggest money maker Alex Ovechkin and US based teams in general. After all, the “Grand Derangement” to the US and expansion of franchises in the US WAS Gary’s mandate, and be they successful or not in the long run, will certainly be his lasting legacy as commish.

    _____________________ To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  2. habsfan1001 says:

    This theory may sound ridiculous but it may not be far from the truth. Vancouver amd Habs games last night might not be just a coincidence.

  3. salshabs says:

    The company men that patroll the ice in NHL stripes don’t explicitly have to be told what’s best for the game of hockey in the US, they do it because they get it…no Canadian Teams get to the finals, end of story.  It’s bad enough that Refereeing in the NHL is now so brutal that all you can do is throw your hands in the air. Add to that, the the “Primary Directive”, and the picture begins to take shape.  They can hide the whole thing behind their incompetant officials…beautiful!!

    There’s no need for the direction the NHL wants to go, actually stated outloud, to the Refs, or any one else for that matter. It just makes sense. Control of the game of hockey, and the direction that NHL hockey will go in the future, has been completely turned over to the Americans, and they only understand one thing, money rules.

    Edmonton/Calgary in the finals was a disaster, only mitigated by the fact that Tampa/Carolina won the Cup. The Olympics garnered a big fat 0 on the bump scale. Canada is off the radar.  We love our hockey, bad refs and all. The NHL does not need us to expand their base, we already at capacity.  I for one am starting to lose patience, but, GD it, I love the Habs. Still, we all know in our hearts, something is drastically wrong, and it’s not coming back anytime soon.

    Hab fans have to hold the refs to the fire the next two games, scream, yell, rant, rave, everytime they display their bias.  If a Caps player runs Halak/Price even once, go CRAZY!! The Habs, when they are on their game are NOT an 8th place team in the east. They can play with any team, if they show up. Go Habs!!

  4. HabmanSanDiego says:

    Get over the ref issues.. since the Rocket Richard riots, this team has faced adversity from the anti-Quebec ownership consortium that runs the league. Don’t blame Bettman alone.

    We would benefit from a coach who is more vocal though.. its obvious the Caps had a plan to run Halak in game two, and JM did nothing to stop this.

    Unfortunately I think it rattled Jaro, and his game suffered in the third period and OT.



  5. habsfanmandy says:

    Sighs. So you’re saying if we fans boycotted the Bell and nobody showed up for a few games he’d be on his knees, begging for our favours (read: money)?? Well, then, we have a plan.

    Now try convincing 21,273 fans to not show up at a Habs game.

  6. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Completely agree Boone. Other ridiculous examples include, but are not limited to:

    – penalty on Gill for taking the body?

    – non-call on Green for tripping Gionta in OT because the Habs had the first PP in OT, and of course the same team can’t get 2 in a row in OT…not in the playoffs

    – Varlamov intentionally knocking the net off as he pretended to be unaware of the puck’s location

    – repeated incidents of Halak getting bumped

    Just another hurdle to overcome if we have any chance of advancing, but hey, nobody said it would be easy.


    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  7. HUDSONHAB says:

    The NHL wants to do this OV/Crosby thing with total disregard for the fact that OV wasn’t the best player in the game or even on his team. Crosby did his magic in game 2 and the powers that be wanted soo bad for OV to respond so they can continue their virtual fantasy match up.

    Sad but true.


  8. showey47 says:

    Even if the whistle wasn’t blown in time for ovy’s goal. There is a rule where a goal can be called off if there was intent for the ref to blow the whistle to call a play dead before he actually blows the whistle. But this is obviously a discretionary rule. I don’t know why the ref never called it since the ref was in no position to see it. But then again had darche not made such a weak play in the first place it never would have happened.

  9. vic says:

    How in the hell did they play with one ref now two sckating around like prima donnas and not making calls when looking right at it

  10. Chuck says:

    I love consipracy theories. I don’t believe in many of them, mind you, but they’re certainly good for generating some interesting conversation!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  11. coachdoug says:

    Could be the Gazette team spent that money on liquor and loose women…that’s my theory

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  12. Danno says:

    He’s mad at us for generating all that money that goes to support those franchises with no fan base.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    On the NHL’s offcial websit: Video of Ovi scoring his frist goal but not a whiff about Andrei’s hatrick. Obviously, there is no conspiracy going on but the NHL probably would prefer the Caps to win this series. Ovechkin is more marketable the Markov.

  14. habsfanmandy says:

    Is there some kind of petition we can all sign? Organize a protest, perhaps, along the usual route? This is insane reffing.

    Although, is there a hint of sarcasm in your post, Boone?

    Vancouver game’s reffing was such a load of crap. Who is this Bettman and what have we done to piss him off this badly? 

  15. HabsFanInKorea says:

    As far as the goalie interference on the 2 goals – I was watching on Gamecenter, so I had the Washington TV station and commentators. The first one, they did find an angle that shower that Hal Gill pushed whomever it was that knocked Halak’s stick out of the way. The Ovechkin goal where he jammed his stick into Halak’s crotch was BS. The puck was under Halak – the whistle shoulda gone. However if you watch it you will see that Ovi jammed his stick in and then the D-man gave him a shot from behind – kinda helping him stuff it home. You gotta get the guy outta the crease, but don’t push him into your net. Gill was unlucky on the first one, and honestly Halak would probably been interfered with either way (if Gill hadn’t have pushed him).

    The Washington net being taken off was BS too. I agree with everone who says that if that the teams had been reversed in that situation it would’ve a penalty shot. The second one Varlamov looked like he fell into his net and didn’t take it off on purpose…. but do players shoot the puck over the glass on purpose!? Call a delay of game on that.

    Halak played well for the most part. I’m crushed by this loss, but hey… we got one in Washington. That’s better then what most people (even on here) expected. Shame on all you nay-sayers by the way. We don’t have to be like Chris Farley and friends on SNL (DA BEARS) but if you don’t have faith in your team then cheer for somebody else. Stop posting on here about how the Caps have this and that and MTL has no chance. We all saw the standings and know the Habs are the underdogs. Believe. If you don’t, then shut up.

    Sorry for the long post. GO HABS GO!

  16. Da Hema says:

    It also could be all the frickin’ ads about cougars and acne and erectile disfunction plastered all over the site.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  17. habsfan0 says:

    Gary Bettman aka Jack Ruby?

    Jaroslav Halak aka Lee Harvey Oswald?

    One suspects another Warren Commission whitewash is in the offing…

  18. punkster says:

    These chumps couldn’t call a square dance.

  19. coachdoug says:

    Mike…the real topic we should be discussing is this junk “not ready for the playoffs” HIO Server…Do we need to have a charity event to buy you guys a new one?…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  20. usversusthem says:

    Conspiracy or not, strange things are afoot. Hands up, all you mugs who called these two stats 2 games into the playoffs:

     – Jaro Halak would be tied for the lead in goals allowed (8)

     – Andrei Kostitsyn would be tied for the lead in points (5)

  21. coachdoug says:

    A new low Boone…I think conspiracy theories are crazy and have no business on HIO…

    Bettman is really an alien…If I wear my tin foil hat just right during games I can hear him channeling Chris Lee into the refs working Habs games…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  22. timkbryant says:

    I am all for conspiracy theories. I myself have accused Bettman of much the same.

    That being said, part of me finds that photo just a tad in poor taste.

    Just my two cents.

  23. Da Hema says:

    I think the issue here is not conspiracy but competence. As Ian Cobb and some other posters have pointed out, the current two-referee system created a quality problem for the NHL with respect to its officiating. Sometimes the simplest explanation is the best. I would like to see the NHL go back to the one-referee system (which would allow the league to get rid of the 8-10 unqualified referees) and empower linesmen to impose penalties for selected stick infractions such as highsticking.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  24. Mark C says:

    Here’s a fun conspiracy theory, I haven’t seen mentioned today. During the post Pouliot partial-breakaway-subsequent-net dislodging, Ovechkin and Markov trade shots. Out of the five on five, potential donnybrook, which ends in a Gomez Poti fight, one player is escorted away from the heart of action and to his bench by an official. That player was Ovechkin.  Why was Alex essentially protected by an official (the official blocked Alex from Gionta and then Gomez, then skated Alex to the bench area)? Was he being protected from being hurt or from doing something crazy, like he’s done before?    

    I know this incident had little impact on the game or the Habs loss, however, to me, it shows extreme favoritism to the Caps and Ovechkin.  If the official and turned around and confronted Gomez, instead and skating Ovechkin to the bench, likely the momentum changing fight never occurs.  Instead the on-ice officials were more worried about protecting “The STAR” from others and himself.

    Video below, action happens about 8 minutes in.  


  25. J. Ambrose says:

    Gary Bettman in the grassy knoll (on a ladder, of course) or Chris Lee in the library with a candlestick? There is no global warming; man never landed on the moon; and aliens are abducting our players at night for rectal implants. All, of course, orchestrated by the NHL head office. They are just that efficient. 

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Gary Bettman is not just a cheat but a bad one.

    He favours the Southern and small market US Teams.

    An he rigs the outcome of games.

    Yet look at  the records of Atlanta, Phoenix, Florida, Tampa, Columbus in the past 5 years.


    Corrupt and incompetent. What a combo! He should run for the Provincial Liberals.

  27. SPATS says:

    Yeah the ref was distracting Darchebag when he made the turnover, which in turn led to Jaro yelling at the ref for doing so which distracted him from the 20yr olds soft wrister. Seriously, for some reason our D started to backup and Jaro had no choice but to stay deep in his net…why? The refs fault for sure

  28. Da Hema says:

    Mike is a journalist, so he observes an issue or alleged problem, and then tries to pour fuel on the fire. Welcome to the world of journalism!


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  29. showey47 says:

    Believe in conspiracy theories or not. Does anyone else think we would have gotten off scot-free if we continually ran varlomov all night in the caps building? In game 1 if ovy was tripped on a breakaway in overtime does anyone think it would not have been a penalty or penalty shot?

  30. 24 Cups says:

    A question about boxscores for hockey games (as found on the TSN site).  It would appear that in the playoffs, goalies do not receive credit for a win or a loss in overtime.  That seems strange to me.

  31. Chuck says:

    I don’t know about the corrupt angle, but it’s hard to argue that the refereeing is wildly inconsistent in ALL games, not just ours. Heck the NHL even had to answer questions about how their referees could have missed a number of blatant, blood-drawing high sticks in several of the series openers.

    To be corrupt, you need to know what to call and what not to call.. and when to make/not make those calls. I believe that’s far above the talent level of many NHL referees.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  32. MikeL says:

    This is a bit overboard.

    Not in any way do I feel there is a conspiracy, but, that doesn’t mean I liked the officiating last night. They let Washington, and Ovechkin in particular, run around and do whatever they want. The obvious interference on the first Backstrom goal. The near goal on the blatant interference by Poti to end the 2nd period. They missed an obvious high stick to Markov about 30 seconds before Carlson scored. They make that call and we’re up 2-0 in the series. So, no, I don’t think there is a conspiracy. But, I have every right in the world to be completely upset up the officiating last night.

    I particularly don’t understand the intent of this post when Boone himself was all over the officiating last night.

    “Underdogs never get a break. Not from the refs, who let the Washington Capitals run roughshod over Jaroslav Halak.”

    Mackenzie:’Some of this stuff is borderline.’ Please.”

    3P Break: Crazy game. Caps have got away with a lot.”

    2P 6:30: How long till the refs make this a closer game?”

  33. Rugger says:

    Which is easier to believe, Bettman is corrupt or the NHL cannot find 30 competent fair ref’s in North America?

  34. nova scotia vees says:

    Oh Boone…sad that you can’t or won’t admit that the NHL does have an agenda.  Are we really just a bunch of paranoids?  You don’t know me…so why discount my opinion?  Umpires don’t cheat…basketball refs have never cheated…players have never cheated (drugs and gambling)….hockey refs are the salt of the earth and would never be biased!!!

    Why is it that we all can accept that cheating and corruption can invade even the highest office…can taint the Olympics…can cripple the business world…BUT NEVER HOCKEY!


  35. bp says:

    Check out Gallagers take from the province. He’s by no means a habs booster but questioned the questionable refereeing.


    Sometimes the refing is so inconsistant, you have to suspect bias or incompetance. I’m sure a grad student in stats could find similiar biases in the NHL to the ones they find in college hoops.

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