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Tonight’s Officials – 11/23/13

Carolina Hurricanes @ Boston Bruins Referees: Marc Joannette (25) & Mike Leggo (3) Linesmen: Tony Sericolo (84) & Mark Shewchyk (92) Minnesota Wild @ Winnipeg Jets Referees: Mike Hasenfratz (2) & Dan O’Rourke (9) Linesmen: Darren Gibbs (66) & Don Henderson (91) Anaheim Ducks @ Phoenix Coyotes Referees: Gord Dwyer (19), Dave Jackson (8) Linesmen: Ryan Galloway (82), Thor Nelson (80) Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Francis Charron (6), Dan O’Halloran (13) Linesmen: Matt MacPherson (83), David Brisebois (96) Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens Referees: Paul Devorski (10), Chris Rooney (5) Linesmen: Michel Cormier (76), Jonny Murray (95) Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings Referees: 15-Jean Hebert...

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Situation Room: Yakupov Scores into Dislodged Net

 With the Edmonton Oilers already up 4-0 on the Blue Jackets, winger Nail Yakupov tried to extend his club’s lead even farther. He blasted a shot from the faceoff circle as Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski crashed into the net, knocking it off its moorings. Referee Tim Peel (#20) called it a goal on the ice.  After consulting with the war room in Toronto, the league agreed. From the NHL: At 10:36 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because it appeared Nail Yakupov’s shot crossed the goal line before the net...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/21/13

St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins Referees: Kevin Pollock (#33),  Don Van Massenhoven (#21) Linesmen: Brian Murphy (#93),  Tim Nowak (#77) Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers Referees: Marc Joannette (#25), Jon McIsaac (#45) Linesmen: Steve Barton (#59), Michel Cormier (#76) Nashville Predators at Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Dan O’Rourke (#9), Rob Martell (#26) Linesmen: Scott Driscoll (#68), Mark Shewchyk (#92) Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings Referees: Paul Devorski (#10), Mike Hasenfratz (#2) Linesmen: Don Henderson, (#91), Derek Amell (#75) Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets Referees: Jean Hebert (15), Chris Rooney (5) Linesmen: Greg Devorski (54), Bryan Pancich (94) New York Rangers...

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Referee McIsaac to Make NHL Debut at Flyers/Sabres

  The Philadelphia Flyers are the most penalized team in the league, averaging 17.5 PIM per game.  Zac Rinaldo, Wayne Simmonds and Jay Rosehill all have over 30 penalty minutes.  Steve Downie has a team high 55 penalty minutes, though most of those were earned with the Colorado Avalanche. They’ll be meeting up with the Buffalo Sabres, who boast four players with over 30 penalty minutes per game in Steve Ott, Tyler Myers, Cody McCormick, and the recently-suspended John Scott. It’s a pretty intimidating bunch that could make for a rough game. For referee Jon McIsaac, it’ll be his...

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Situation Room: Koivu Kicks It In

In Wednesday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Wild and the Ottawa Senators, the puck was directed into the goal off Mikko Koivu’s right skate. From the NHL: At 7:21 of the second period in the Wild/Senators game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Mikko Koivu used his right skate to kick the puck into the Ottawa net. According to Rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.” No goal Minnesota. Of course, it went off his skate, but was it a...

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Situation Room: Turris Goal Denied

Kyle Turris scored midway through the third period of Tuesday night’s game to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. Only, he didnt. The puck went in – barely, though Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann made an amazing effort to get his skates in the way.  More importantly, Grossman got his body in the way of the overhead camera. While all logical conclusions based on the laws of physics point to the fact that the puck had to have crossed the line — Grossmann’s skate was over the goal line and the puck bounced off the back of his skate —  the...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/20/13

Minnesota Wild at Ottawa Senators Referees:  Francis Charron (6), Brian Pochmara (16) Linesmen:  Derek Nansen (70), Tony Sericolo (84) Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Referees:  Chris Lee (28), Tom Kowal (32) Linesmen:  Steve Barton (59), Brad Lazarowich (86) Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames Referees: Tim Peel (20), Kyle Rehman (37) Linesmen:  Matt MacPherson (83), Steve Miller (89) New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks Referees: Ghislain Hebert (22), Eric Furlatt (27) Linesmen: Shane Heyer (55), Lonnie Cameron...

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Q&A with Paul Devorski (via Sabres Hockey Central)

In the offseason, Kevin Freheit over at Sabres Hockey Central sat down for a chat with NHL referee Paul Devorski.  The 24-year veteran has donned the stripes for more than 1,500 NHL games, including regular season and playoffs.  He worked the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and refereed both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Some highlights on life as a referee: KF: How much travel is involved, compared to that of players? PD: There’s actually quite a bit of travel. You figure with 30 cities, they try to make sure that you see each city or each...

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Non-Call Ends Patriots’ Rally, Inspires Brady F-Bomb

The Carolina Panthers’ surprising victory over the New England Patriots was not without controversy. From Deadspin: A flag was thrown on the last play of the game—an under-thrown ball intended for Gronk, whose path back to the ball was clearly being impeded by the linebacker—and then it was picked up, with no explanation. The referees were huddled together, discussing the call and then Panthers players sprinted off in glee. Seconds later Blakeman informed the crowd “there is no foul on the play, the game is over” and ran for the locker room. And Brady followed. It’s a shame, because...

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Devorski Takes One off the Ear

Are we not men?  We are Devo!  Okay, if you didn’t grow up in the ’80s, you’re probably puzzled by that one.  Let’s just move on… Paul Devorski is Devo.   Paul Devorski is a man. A man who won’t let something like a puck off the ear get in the way of refereeing a hockey game: After heading to the locker room for some stitches, Devorski returned to the ice a short time later.  (Referee Brad Meier ran the show solo in his absence.)  It’s a good thing he did.  Things got rough later that game, with the...

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