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Postgame Avs-Hurricanes: Avs got jobbed on hometown calls



I don’t often go full homer on the Avs, as I like to keep some form of objectivity. But, I 100% agree with Avs captain Gabe Landeskog tonight: the Avs got screwed on some bad, hometown calls that directly led to a 2-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

You know what’s funny? I remember, about 25 or something years ago, not sure, but I remember Joe Sakic telling me that the reason the Avs lost a game to the Hurricanes that night, in NC, was because of a “hometown call” against him. He was called for some penalty in a battle with Ron Francis, and the Hurricanes went on to win. I asked Sakic about it, and he was – which was unusual for him – critical of the referees. He called it a “hometown call” against him. I remember saying to him “That’s probably off the record, right?”

He said, “No, print it.” So, I did.

Same thing tonight. Nazem Kadri, called for a highly dubious high-sticking penalty on Nino Niedereitter at 7:40 of the third period of a scoreless game. The Avs killed off the penalty, but Kadri was blatantly hooked by Niedereitter later in the period – and no call. The Hurricanes scored late in the third – then quickly went on the power play again after another questionable call, on Devon Toews.

I fully agree with what Landeskog said here, in the postgame press conference:

“Whether a guy has been suspended numerous times or not, is he going to be carrying around that heavy baggage forever? I’m not saying TJ and Wes (referees) didn’t call it for that reason, but Naz is a guy that’s competitive. Whether he sold that call or not, you can look at the video and the stick is in his waist and that’s why he loses the puck. I think it’s unfortunate.”

No question, Kadri keeps getting screwed by the refs and the league. Enough. Stop taking a guy’s baggage of the past into everything. I say that as someone who has had baggage of my own past applied to me, unfairly I believe, at times.

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What galls a person who has baggage like me, and Kadri I suppose: Every single person who judges us has as much or more baggage in their own life. And, they know it. Maybe they just haven’t gotten caught on any of it yet, but they know they have it.

Ok, off topic a tad there. But the point remains. Kadri is getting unfairly judged by referees. He should have gotten that call at the end. Even Jared Bednar thought so.

“I think Naz could’ve gotten a call on the one before the goal. He’s climbing up, the stick gets into him, wraps him up with a free hand, all of the above. He didn’t get the call,” Bednar said.

Look, I always thought this would be a tough game for the Avs to win, and it proved the case. They are a tired team right now, mentally and physically. As I said before too, I think the trade deadline is getting to some guys mentally.

Avs just need to come home and start fresh. The deadline will pass in 11 days, and then we can all go on from there.

Kadri and the Avs have to realize that they aren’t going to get any favors right now from anyone. Just have to fight through it – even if the refs have a bias against you because of your “past.”

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Ryan Krueger

Gonna win some, gonna lose some.

Matt Briggle

First off, I thought that was a great hockey game between two really good teams. I don’t think the Avs looked tired out there, they just couldn’t get that one bounce that they needed. As the national pundits have been saying all day, this would be an amazing Cup final matchup. I 100% agree with everything that Gabe said after the game. He gave a very well thought out and reasonable statement that I’m sure the NHL did not appreciate and will fine him for tomorrow. He (or the team) will gladly pay that fine and leave the statement on… Read more »


It’s the type of game the Avs need to play. Tight checking and not the freewheeling Avs we know. I thought Kuemper played well – especially early. Helms has really improved his play. Very good tonight and physical. Nothing from Jost, Aube-Kubel or Compher. My top three to say good-bye at the deadline. Some early misses by Rantanen and MacKinnon could have changed the game. High level, playoff type hockey.


Definitely a fun game for hockey fans… just not a great outcome for us Avs fans. The “measuring stick” was pretty lopsided in the first 10 minutes when DK looked fantastic (hopefully a sign of what’s to come), but for the majority of the game after that, it swung big time in the Avs favor. If not for the hit posts and some poor calls, this definitely goes the Avs way. Nothing to overreact about… good game Avs!

Abelardo Dextre

Your article says hometown calls, but your article suggests the refs and league have a vendetta against Naz.


I was kinda hoping after that EN goal Bedsie would put MacDermid out there for the final half minute to frolic in the daisies, as it were…you know, for old time hockey’s sake.


Why whaa whaaaaa!??


What an embarrassing column. Instead of reporting about a great hockey game between, you spend the whole article whining about a a couple of calls that didn’t go the Av’s way.. Give me a break. You sound like a spoiled kid. We deserve better reporting than that. The complaining by current and former players is also pathetic. Not the hallmark if a championship team.

Charlie Anderson

Bruh. The no-call on Neideriter against Kadri directly led to the only real goal of the game. The refs were wearing red in this one, maybe get an eye exam?

Ari Gould

Jeff, AD is not whining. He’s simply reporting what he observed. He’s spot on about Kadri and the bias against him for past transgressions; that crap should stop.

Aaron Rud

I agree and disagree both. Maybe it’s not even that I disagree. The Avs need to play better. They are not very physical. They get nothing from the 3-4 lines; they are worthless.


Avs are a bit tired, like Mikko said. Prob could cycle in Sikura, Sherwood, even Barron EXCEPT Sakic is trying to accrue cap space. So it’s gonna have to be this group for at least the next couple weeks. I expect more losses but it doesn’t matter as long as they get it done in the playoffs.

Karl Keen

Apart from first ten minutes, the Avs did the little things to win (won faceoffs and our PK was pleasantly solid), but didn’t take advantage of their chances. What really happened though Dater, is not the refs, but the DaterJinx. Literally thirty seconds after you had to text how well Kuemper was playing, he let in goal on the softest, weakest, most absurd shot of the night! Have you noticed Dater that since you have started tweeting and writing on here on how the Avs have their division and conference in the bag, they have started sucking?! It’s real man!… Read more »

Pat Burton

I am a Canes fan. You guys have a really good team, but on the AVs getting jobbed on hometown calls, I would dismiss that. Hurricanes had 3 penalties, and the AVs had 4, 5 if you count the game misconduct, but that did not make the AVs a man down. Each team killed all the penalties. The calls are not what turned the game, puck luck is. The game was even. Car had the 1st, the Av’s the 2nd, and the 3rd was even. A lucky bounce gave Ethan Bear the goal. Could have easily gone the other way.… Read more »

Karl Keen

Agree Pat. We had our PP chances and didnt score. Canes are an all around solid team. I was extremely impressed with Slavin. Very underrated and if he plays that way every night (which is what they say on NHL radio) then he should be in the Norris conversation.

Charlie Anderson

The no-call on Neideriter against Kadri directly led to the only real goal of the game.


It was a good Loss for the Avs. What do I mean by that? The Avs played a pretty well structured defensive game, after the first wave of the hurricane. They bent, didn’t break and came back to play a game more on their terms. Almost won. If they can play more games like this, they will win their share come April/May. The big defensive line up played pretty well….better than in recent memory. In fact it was Cale and Toews who were caught out most often. The other D played a more conservative game that was pretty effective for… Read more »

William Goit

Jeepers whining always helps the situation. Careful, the Presidents Cup and peaking too early is the realm of prima donnas. A tough loss should be good for a team with this many wins.
This team should be down shifting into tighter checking and defense if it hopes for a long playoff run.


I think there has to be a racial aspect to Kaz. Ya he has done some cheap shots in his career, but so has almost every other player at some point, intentionally or unintentionally. I don’t know how else to explain it. Just look at amount of faceoffs he gets kicked out of. The Av’s are fine, not worried in the slightest.

Pens Fan

You sure you’re not a UNC fan?? Want some cheese with this ridiculous wine. I’m not sure what game you were watching but it surely wasn’t the Canes vs Avs

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