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Quick strikes and links: May 30, 2012

It's summer and things are moving along at summer's pace: a lurch and a stall. But there's still plenty to talk about in the world of hockey. Your links for this week.

Three years ago on Raw Charge: Officiating sucks

Linking to a past post chronicling the absurdity of NHL officiating. How little has changed in three seasons is unnerving.

ECF Game 5 preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (5) at Boston Bruins (3)

It's now a best-of-three series between the Bolts and the B's. We reflect on the worst call of the series as well as touch on the starting goaltender argument.

Take a deep breath: The refs are not out the get the Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning fans are understandably frustrated by the on-ice officiating. But it's no worse than usual.

ECQF Game 4 preview: Pittsburgh Penguins (4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5)

Will the physicality relent in the Penguins/Lightning ECQF series after the NHL levied suspensions against Chris Kunitz and Steve Downie? Better question: Will Club Two-Minutes ever show a shred of consistency?

To experience hockey at it's best, stop the constant changes to the game

The NHL regularly tweaks and changes itself, and inconsistently enforces the rules that stay the same. Enough. Constantly Tweaking the game ruins the fan experience

Quick Take: Hurricanes dominate two periods in 3-2 victory over flat Panthers

Staal (2), Skinner all Carolina needs on thoroughly forgettable night for Cats

Creating Consistent Standards For NHL Officiating

All hockey fans want from NHL officials is consistency, but the rulebook lacks clarity. Some suggestions on how to create better standards for rule enforcement.

Stripes and Increased Home Ice Advantage

That NHL referees call more penalties on visitors than home teams isn't too surprising. But some officials are much more likely to do so than others.

Tampa Bay Lightning loses to Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1

And while a tongue-lashing from GM Brian Lawton is making all the news, I can safely say Club Two Minutes is alive and well after some of the referee antics during this one. Captain Vincent Lecavalier extended his goalless streak to 14 games, and left wing Alex Tanguay increased his to 10. The Bolts will be off until Thursday, and expect potential changes to the roster makeup before then...

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