Day: January 7, 2014

PK Subban: Penalty Call was ‘Personal’

In the closing seconds of Saturday night’s game, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was called for hooking Ottawa’s Erik Condra. See if you can spot the hook: “I’d like to get an explanation of what I did wrong there,” Subban said. “I thought Carey had the puck. I thought the play was over. It just didn’t really make sense to me.” The Senators converted their power play opportunity in overtime to claim a 4-3 victory over the Habs. The referees were Marc Joannette (#25) and Francois St. Laurent (#38). “I think I’ve always been pretty positive with my reaction to...

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Tonight’s Officials – 1/7/14

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres Referees: Dean Morton (#36) 29 games officiated 3.8 minor penalties per game 12.2 total PIM per game Favors road team (51.8% minors called vs. home) Dan O’Rourke (#9) 38 games officiated 3.6 minor penalties per game 10.2 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.3% minors called vs. home) Linesmen :  Scott Cherrey (#50), Greg Devorski (#54) Special Teams: Carolina:  PP: 14.2% (25th)  PK: 79.4% (23rd) Buffalo:  PP: 13.0% (28th)  PK: 82.1% (13th)   New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Dave Jackson (#8) 38 games officiated 3.8 minor penalties per game 10.4...

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Linesman’s Errors Lead to Islanders Loss

The Islanders haven’t had the best of luck.  From bad trades to bad arena deals, things just seem to have a way of not working out for the boys from Uniondale (soon-to-be Brooklyn). On January 4th, in their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, it was linesman Mark Shewchyk (#92). Carolina opened the scoring on a play that was very nearly icing.  Shewchyk waved it off at the last possible minute, presumably because the puck didn’t quite make it across the line.   It was late to blow off the icing call.  The Islanders, anticipating the whistle, seemed to let...

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Situation Room: Panthers/Canadiens

Twice during the Montreal Canadiens’ 2-1 victory over division rival Florida Panthers (yes, that sounds strange to me, too), the officials checked in with the War Room up in Toronto. First Period, 7:01 From the NHL: At 7:01 of the first period in the Panthers/Canadiens game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Florida net. The referee informed the Situation Room the he blew his whistle to stop play and assess a penalty to each team before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the call on the...

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NBA Coach Hits Ref with Clipboard

Basketball referees have to be aware of a lot of things – giant players, flying balls, even the occasional Jason Kidd soda spill.  They’re not, however, used to keeping an eye on clipboards. Watch as Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer flings his clipboard onto the court, hitting referee Haywoode Workman. To his credit (or out of fear of retribution), Budenholzer immediately apologizes to the official. His team went on to lose 91-86 to the Nets.  he didn’t leave...

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Ref Reading: Van Massenhoven Still Going Strong

From the Londoner comes this great writeup by Jacob Robinson on one of the NHL’s most tenured officials: A lot has changed for Don Van Massenhoven during his 22 year NHL refereeing career, but a few things remain the same. To the 53-year-old, working before thousands of fans in the world’s top league never gets old. “No, not really,” Van Massenhoven said from Joe Louis Arena Dec. 23rd following a game that featured the Red Wings and New York Islanders. “It’s pretty cool to go out on the ice – you’re joints are a little more sore but it’s very enjoyable – the game is very enjoyable. I still love it.” … The former police officer and current NHL referee is also president of the GOJHL Junior B Strathroy Rockets.  Read more over at The Londoner/Strathroy Age...

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Sabres’ Myers Suspended for Hit on Zubrus

Tyler Myers, have a seat.   The Buffalo Sabres defenseman has been suspended three games for his hit to the head of the Devils’ Dainius Zubrus.  The play happened at 7:02 of the third period with the Sabres holding a 1-0 lead. Suprisingly, the hit only earned Myers a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.  The officials were Gord Dwyer and Brad Meier. “I wondered why that wasn’t a five-minute major but I didn’t get an explanation for that,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. Zubrus was not injured on the play and didn’t miss any time...

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No Suspension Expected for Kreider Hit on Tyutin

Just 21 seconds into the second period of tonight’s game between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Blueshirts winger Chris Kreider hit an unsuspecting Fedor Tyutin.   The Columbus defenseman crashed awkwardly into the boards. Tyutin was slow to get up and needed to be helped off the ice. He attempted to come back out, but skated just twelve seconds before heading to the locker room. Kreider was given five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct by veteran referee Dan O’Rourke.  (No argument on the call based on the way it looked in real-time.) Blue Jackets...

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