Day: May 11, 2014

Stop Diving! Embellishment is an Embarrassment to the NHL

One of the most embarrassing plays to see on the ice is a dive.  It makes the player look bad.  It makes the referees look bad – especially if the embellishment results in a power play for the diver’s team.  It’s disrespectful to the officials and it’s disrespectful to the game. So why does the league allow embellishment to continue?  They haven’t exactly done what it takes to stop diving from happening.   Let’s take a look at the league’s efforts to eliminate it. Diving/Embellishment in the NHL Rulebook The NHL first addressed diving with a rule change for...

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Tonight’s NHL Playoff Referees – 5/11/14

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – Game 6 – 7:00pm Marc Joannette #25 Reg Season Playoffs Team Records   –  NYR 2-2  0-0   –  PIT 1-6 1-0 Minors per game 3.4 3.8 PIM per game 10.0 9.0 % more minors on road team 10.9% 0.0% Home win % 55% 38% Average Minors by Team:   –  NYR 2.1, Opp 2.4 (11% more on Opp)   –  PIT 1.9, Opp 1.9 (3% more on Opp) Kevin Pollock #33 Reg Season Playoffs Record   –  NYR  2-1 0-0   –  PIT  4-0 1-0 Minors per game 3.9 3.8 PIM per...

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Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig Suspended 2 Games

Brandon Bollig will miss the Chicago Blackhawks’ next two games.   When he’s eligible to return, Chicago could be facing Minnesota in a dramatic Game 7.   They could also be preparing for the Western Conference Final. Or they could be pulling out their clubs and hitting the links.   Whatever happens in Games 5 and 6, Bollig won’t be a part of it. The gritty Blackhawks forward has been suspended for boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of their second-round matchup. Bollig was given a two-minute minor for boarding on the play. Referees for the...

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