Originally created 05/27/98

Sabres still mad about officiating



BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dominik Hasek stared at the ceiling and adjusted his pillow. He rolled over and glanced at the alarm clock. He did everything short of counting sheep.

The Buffalo Sabres' goaltender attempted to settle under his blankets after arriving home about 2 a.m. Tuesday from Washington. But every time he tried to sleep, images of referee Kerry Fraser and his officiating crew kept Hasek more awake than a fresh pot of coffee.

Hasek was so tired Tuesday afternoon that he skipped an optional skate, a rarity.

"I know it's tough, but the last goal, I had to think about the whole night. I know it was icing, and the referee didn't blow the whistle," Hasek said. "You still feel like you could do something. On the other hand, you know the referee made a mistake. I mean the linesman."

Referee, linesman -- whoever.

The Sabres still were furious with all three officials after two controversial no-calls went Washington's way in the Capitals' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night.

Hasek's beef came on the play that led to Todd Krygier's goal in overtime. It appeared Washington would be called for icing when Buffalo defenseman Jason Woolley touched the puck near the net, but no call was made. Caps' forward Andrei Nikolishin eventually grabbed control and found Krygier in the high slot for the game-winner.

"It was clearly icing," Hasek said.

Buffalo's other complaint was whether Capitals forward Peter Bondra had his skate in the crease, which would have negated his goal late in the second period. Replays showed he did, but Fraser refused the Sabres' request that the play be reviewed.

"You can be 100 percent sure by going upstairs," Sabres' coach Lindy Ruff said. "Bondra was definitely in the area. Not only did he go through and touch Dom on the way through, he was there for the shot. To not review it showed some arrogance on his (Fraser's) part."