Referee called out -- again

NHL referee Mick McGeough. (Edmonton Sun)

NHL referee Mick McGeough. (Edmonton Sun)

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Mick McGeough has said he is retiring at the end of the season.

For Calgary Flames fans, that's six months too late.

The referee's early whistle in an eventual 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche is still the talk of the town.

The blown call came midway through the final frame and took away a Daymond Langkow goal after he deflected Alex Tanguay's pass through goaltender Jose Theodore's pads for what would have been an insurance marker for a team that dominated much of the contest.

While the host Flames were careful to avoid saying anything that would draw the ire of NHL brass yesterday, they were confident something would be done to reprimand the veteran known for his theatrics and errors over the years.

"I don't think they'll fine him, but I think they should be held accountable for their actions," Tanguay said of the men in stripes yesterday. "Any of the players make a bad play here, you have a coach that will hold you accountable and you have teammates that you have to hold yourself accountable to.

"It's just too bad. I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose, but it was definitely a mistake on his part."

Not the first one, either.

Don't count Alberta in on any plans for a gold watch for his retirement, since McGeough robbed the Oilers of a goal in the dying seconds of a loss to the Dallas Stars a year ago. A livid head coach Craig MacTavish responded by making comments worthy of a $10,000 fine in the eyes of the NHL.

"We lost a lot because of bizarre Mick McGeough making a retarded call," MacTavish said at the time.

Flames head coach Mike Keenan was much more calm but addressed the issue again yesterday when asked what he thought might happen.

"I'm confident in the leadership of the league," said Keenan. "They monitor the games -- at least they tell us that they watch all the games -- so I'm sure they're monitoring the games and do the necessary things to try improve the game."

An apology won't give the Flames the extra point they may have deserved, but it might make the fans a little less angry knowing they're not the only ones who lost sleep over the call.

A call to NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom from the Sun wasn't immediately returned yesterday.

Defenceman Robyn Regehr believes Walkom will have a talk with McGeough.

"They'd probably be having a talk about how the game went and what Mick was thinking and calling, and what Stephen thought should be called," Regehr said. "I think those guys get evaluated after every game just like we do by the coaching staff."


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