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Situation Room: Silfverberg Scores Late

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche – October 2, 2013 On October 2, Jakob Silfverberg scored a late goal to ruin Semyon Varlamov’s shutout bid.  A very late goal. The NHL’s war room reviewed the play and confirmed that the puck did go in the net before hitting the back bar and bouncing out.  The play was ruled a good goal.  (Of course, this would all be overshadowed by Patrick Roy tearing down plexiglass and screaming at Bruce Boudreau just moments later.)  ...

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Tonight’s Officials 10/9/13

Canadiens at Flames: Referees: Dan O’Halloran (#13), Kyle Rehman (#37) Linesmen: Thor Nelson (#80),  Don Henderson (#91) Blackhawks at Blues: Referees: Francis Charron (#6), Wes McCauley (#4) Linesmen: Brian Murphy (#93), Tony Sericolo (#84) Senators at Kings: Referees: Dave Jackson (#8), Francois St. Laurent (#38) Linesmen: John Grandt (#98), Mark Wheler (#56)...

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Negated Goal Costs Sabres a Victory

The Sabres scored just over five minutes into the third to take a commanding 3-1 lead over new division rival Tampa Bay Lightning.  Or so they thought. Thomas Vanek caught Lightning defenseman Matt Carle with a high stick behind the net.  Veteran referee Paul Devorski raised his arm immediately to signal the delayed penalty.  Somehow, though, he missed Sabres forward Steve Ott taking a shot on goal.  The rebound went right to Jamie McBain, who blasted a shot past Ben Bishop. By that point, nobody heard the whistle.  The crowd was going nuts, the Sabres were celebrating, and good...

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Referee Mike Leggo: “You Can’t Do That”

It’s rare to get an explanation from an NHL referee as to why they called a penalty.   In Saturday night’s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals, though, referee Mike Leggo took it upon himself to provide an explanation. It was simple, direct, and clear-cut: “You can’t do that.” Stars forward Shawn Horcoff got a stick on the Capitals’ Jay Beagle as he went behind the net.  Leggo, well positioned in the corner, threw his arm up immediately.  Some sort of protest ensued after the whistle, as the veteran official shook his head and put his hand...

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Gregson Retires, Walkom Takes Over as Officiating Chief

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Terry Gregson, after 34 years in the league – including 25 as an on-ice official – has retired. “Terry had the unique ability to expertly manage the 78-man NHL officiating team,” NHL senior vice president Colin Campbell said in a statement. “His tireless efforts behind the scenes to ensure that NHL officiating was the best it could be on a nightly basis were seldom recognized publicly, but we greatly appreciate his dedication to the game both on and off the ice for the past 33 years.” Our friends at Puck...

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Scouting the Umps: Ron Kulpa Blew It Again

Sometimes, officials of other sports require a watchful eye.   Take, for example, MLB umpire Ron Kulpa. He must hate the Texas Rangers. Despite being born and raised in St. Louis, maybe he’s a New York Islanders fan and hates everything ‘Ranger’.  Maybe he’s not a fan of ’90s television shows starring Chuck Norris.  Whatever the reasons, he’s got it in for the boys from Arlington. First, he blew a call in the 2011 World Series that allowed his hometown Cardinals to pick up an extra four runs. Recently, he blew a called strike.  At least, it looked like...

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International Officials Gearing Up for Sochi

While fans are excited about their countries’ respective Olympic training camps, remember that it’s not just the players who will be headed over to Russia in February. The officials are also preparing for the tournament. The Olympics, as an international competition should, feature referees from leagues all over the world.  Seventeen referees and fifteen linesmen participated in the camp, representing twelve different countries.  Of those, seven referees and seven linesmen will be selected for the Sochi games.   From the IIHF: “We invited top referees and top linesman. It’s the third year we do this, this time for the selection and...

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The Score: Why Refs Pocket The Whistle

Justin Bourne over at The Score takes a look at why officials have a tendency to avoid late-game calls: Being a referee is a hard job on your average day. In an exhibition game, in a men’s league, in the NHL and in peewee. I spent parts of a couple summers reffing, and I remember being surprised at how much my own fatigue affected my ability to be in the right place. It’s kind of like being a penalty killer for 60 minutes – the job requires a lot of stops and starts to be in the perfect position,...

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Avs’ Duchene Scores Epic Offside Goal

Matt Duchene scored a goal that was JUST a bit offside… Barry Trotz said after the game, “The league already verified that it should have been an offside.” It should’ve.  But here’s a possible reason – absent any actual explanation from the on-ice officials – that veteran linesman Derek Amell (#75) may have seen this one differently: 83.1 Off-side – Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck into the attacking zone.   …  If a player legally carries or passes the puck back into his own defending zone while a player of the opposing team is in such...

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Ref Reading: ESPN on Dan O’Halloran

From ESPN‘s Scott Burnside (5/21/08): Dan O’Halloran isn’t given to superstition. Yet the NHL referee wears the No. 13 on his jersey as a nod to the way fate intercedes in all our lives, marking the path between misfortune and happiness, success and failure, life and death. During the playoffs, we often talk about the sacrifices players make to reach the Stanley Cup finals, and how getting here requires commitment and good fortune. NHL officials are no different: This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings represents their ultimate competition. Only the best of the best are chosen to call these games. This is their Stanley Cup as much as it is the players’. So every day, when O’Halloran steps out of the shower and notes the meandering scar that runs from his stomach around to his back, he is doubly thankful to be here, not just professionally, but at all. “You wonder about karma sometimes,” the 44-year-old O’Halloran told ESPN.com this week. “March 13, 1983, was the day I was shot. So that’s why I wear No. 13.” Read the full story over in the ESPN...

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