Ok. I have to admit off the bat that I am not a conspiracy theorist. As much as I dislike Gary Bettman, I do not give him enough credit for being responsible for a conspiracy to keep Canadian teams from winning the cup (which I have heard over and over again).
With that said, there are loads of examples, especially in the playoffs, of calls or non-calls that go against the Canadian teams.
Two years ago, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver, were all on the losing side of atrocious missed calls, goals being called back, unbelievable penalties for clean plays, hits, etc. Our Senators have been victims of this this year, what with Karlsson being called a "diver" and all sorts of other calls from O'Rourke. But nothing annoyed me more than last night. As Neil said in his interview with Sens TV, Patrick Kane's "punch in goal" from the game with the Jets was allowed even after he punched the puck and ran over Anderson Neil's redirect off his shoulder was called back. Further, both of his penalized hits were absolutely clean, no doubt about it.
So what to do? What do the Senators have to do?
Unfortunately, we are almost certainly going to be playing the Bruins in the First Round. Their treasure trove of goons, including Lucic and Marchand, are going to be tough to compete with if we are not physical, but if referees are giving Neil penalties like they did last night, we are in a lot of trouble.
Like I said, I hate making claims like "the referees are biased against Canadian teams" but I have noticed some uncomfortable things of late and am concerned.