Month: January 2014

Referee Trevor Hanson Injured; Takes Puck to Face

There’s a lot to keep your eyes on as a referee in an NHL game.  Players, sticks, and the puck are all moving around the rink at high speeds.  Especially the puck. Referee Trevor Hanson may not have lost sight of the puck, but he was unable to get out of its way in last night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes. The rookie referee was positioned low in the corner when Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson rang a shot off the crossbar.  The puck deflected right into Hanson’s face. Hanson headed to the Coyotes bench for a...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/31/14

New York Islanders at New York Rangers Referees: Dan O’Rourke (#9) 3.9 minor penalties per game 11.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.1% minors called vs. home) Chris Rooney (#5)  4.3 minor penalties per game 13.0 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.9% minors called vs. home) Linesmen:  Brad Kovachik (#71), Tim Nowak (#77) Anthem:  John Emirante   St. Louis Blues at Carolina Hurricanes Referees: Gord Dwyer (#19) 4.1 minor penalties per game 12.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.8% minors called vs. home) Eric Furlatt (#27) 4.2 minor penalties per game 12.8 total PIM per...

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No Suspension for Jackets’ Jenner for Hit on Green

It was a penalty-filled night when the Washington Capitals rolled in to Ohio’s capital city. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Boone Jenner was fired up from the start.  He made his first appearance on the scoresheet by bumping Caps’ goaltender Braden Holtby, earning a two-minute break in the penalty box.  Later, he’d pick up another five minutes for dropping the gloves.   (We’ll get to that.) Although the teams combined for 58 minutes in penalties – Jenner posting seven of those – it was an unpenalized play that might have the most impact for the Caps. Late in the first...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/30/14

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer (#17) 3.6 minor penalties per game 9.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (43.5% minors called vs. home) Chris Rooney (#5) 4.5 minor penalties per game 13.0 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.9% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Brad Kovachik (#71) & Tony Sericolo (#84) Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Marc Joannette (#25) 3.5 minor penalties per game 10.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.9% minors called vs. home) Mark Lemelin (#41) – ROOKIE REF 4.3 minor penalties per game 11.3 total PIM per...

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Stadium Series Referees – Rangers vs. Islanders

Tonight’s officials for the NHL’s Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders are: Referees: Eric Furlatt (#27) 45 games officiated. Home team has won 58%. 4.2  minor penalties per game 12.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.2% minors called vs. home) Rangers This Season 1-1  (1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road) Penalties to Rangers: 2.0 avg minors/gm Penalties to Opponents: 2.0 avg minors/gm Islanders This Season 2-2 (1-2 at home, 1-0 on the road) Penalties to Islanders: 1.3 avg minors/gm Penalties to Opponents: 1.8 avg minors/gm Last...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/29/14

New York Rangers at New York Islanders Click here for tonight’s Stadium Series referee preview.   San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers Referees: Kyle Rehman (#37) 3.5 minor penalties per game 11.7 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.6% minors called vs. home) Francois St. Laurent (#38) 4.2 minor penalties per game 13.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.9% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Jay Sharrers (#57), Lonnie Cameron (#74)   Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks Referees: Francis Charron (#6) 3.6 minor penalties per game 9.9 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (50.2% minors called...

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Delayed Review Nearly Wipes out Flames Goal

It was a barn-burner on Tuesday night in Calgary when the Chicago Blackhawks came to town. Before the teams would combine for nine goals and two goaltender changes, though, this interesting turn of events came much earlier  — midway through the first period. With the teams knotted at one, Chicago’s Brandon Saad nearly converted a wraparound attempt to give the Blackhawks the lead. There was no signal or whistle, and play continued.  The next stoppage of play didn’t happen until the puck ended up in the opposing net. Calgary’s Lance Bouma fired a high wrister from just outside the...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/28/14

Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Mike Hasenfratz (#2) 3.7 minor penalties per game 10.2 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.6% minors called vs. home) Dean Morton (#36) 3.5 minor penalties per game 11.4 total PIM per game Favors road team (51.4% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Scott Driscoll (68), David Brisebois (96) Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers Referees: Greg Kimmerly (#18) 3.4 minor penalties per game 10.8 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (50.0% minors called vs. home) Wes McCauley (#4)  3.1 minor penalties per game 9.6 total PIM per game Favors...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/27/14

Boston Bruins at New York Islanders Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer #17 3.6 minor penalties per game 9.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (43.5% minors called vs. home) – Lowest in NHL Kevin Pollock #33 3.2 minor penalties per game 10.0 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.2% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Derek Amell #75, Steve Barton #59   Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes Referees: Ian Walsh #29 3.5 minor penalties per game 9.3 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.5% minors called vs. home) Dan O’Halloran #13 3.3 minor penalties per game 9.5 total...

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Stadium Series: Did Stepan Deserve a Penalty Shot?

Two Stadium Series games, two penalty shots. In Saturday night’s tilt between Anaheim and Los Angeles, Kings forward Anze Kopitar was hooked from behind.  Brad Watson called for a penalty shot, but Kopitar failed to convert. Kopitar with the first ever @NHL outdoor penalty shot in LA; save by the orange. — #LAKings (@LAKings) January 26, 2014 Less than 24 hours later, the New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan found himself in a similar situation.  Midway through the third period, with the Rangers already up 6-3 in their Stadium Series game against New Jersey at Yankee Stadium, the Minnesota native...

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