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Refs Get Accused Of Rigging A Game By Sabres Defenseman

Published December 24, 2023 at 12:24
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Last night a pair of referees made some of the worst calls in recent memory and were accused of making biased calls after the game by a Buffalo Sabres defenseman.

Johnson Gets Ejected For Heated Moment



Buffalo Sabres defenseman Erik Johnson raised concerns after being ejected from a game against the Rangers, suggesting possible game-fixing by NHL referees. The incident started when Johnson fought with Rangers rookie Willie Cuylle.





Johnson wound up ejected for letting the referees have it. He let all of the concerning details out during a post-game interview.

Johnson Calls Out The Refs Publicly



In a post-game interview, Johnson expressed frustration with the referees' decisions, particularly regarding an instigator penalty he received for the Cuylle altercation. Johnson also revealed that the referees added on the penalty due to the Sabres' bench complaints in the first period.

"I don't know if there's a gray area with the instigator or what have you, but that's not an instigator. That's two willing combatants that both accept a fight after what I thought was a hit on my partner, a young player in a vulnerable spot, and he needed to answer the bell for that. I thought it was ridiculous. I'd like to say more, even if I get fined. I really don't care. I thought it was BS." - Erik Johnson


Erik Johnson was still upset when I spoke to him after the OT loss.

According to Johnson, the ref told the Sabres' bench that he was given the instigator penalty because they were complaining too much in the first period.

The questionable instigator penalty and preferential treatment raises concerns about the game's integrity. It is unknown if the NHL will start an investigation but one thing for certain is that the league is not doing a good job of keeping the game clean.

As seen on House of Hockey - Referee Exposed for Fixing Game Between the Sabres and Rangers
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