I have to agree. Czechs got away with a lot of questionable interference/hooking/holdings vs Sweden too, even worse than against Finland. Imagine not a single PP in 60min despite more puck possession.
Also the refs setting a high level from the start just green-lights all kinds of dirty plays. To me it's very strange because international hockey usually sets a lower bar than in the league hockey. Time just runs away from you if there never is any interuptions and chance for powerplays. There were even many situations were the Czechs just blatantly took a guy down and got a breakaway/2-1 opportunity as a result. Feels horrible but maybe the fact that the crowd wanted penalties worked against both Sweden and Finland at times because the refs don't want to seem like they are favoring the home-teams
Still doesn't take anything away from the Czechs. They were smart all through the tournament. Avoided the always-called type of penalties and played solid defense.
Agree 100% on the refereeing issue.
The curse of never getting a medal as host continues for Finland...
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