Month: November 2014

Linesman Steve Miller Takes Punch from Leafs’ Holzer

Sometimes breaking up fight makes you an involuntary participant, or, at the very least, an unintended target. After a late-game scrap between Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson and Korbinian Holzer of the Maple Leafs, the linesmen jumped in. Linesman Greg Devorski grabbed Holzer while Miller got a hold of Wilson. Even though he was being restrained by Devorski, Holzer tried for one more punch. It connected. Not with Wilson, though. That punch landed squarely on linesman Steve Miller. Holzer was apologetic after the game and planned to reach out to Miller. “I didn’t know [I’d hit the linesman] until I...

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Refs Praise Jackets’ Prout for Lucic Punch

Last week, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout dropped Boston Bruins tough guy Milan Lucic with one punch. Since then, words of congratulations have been rolling in, including some from a surprising source — the refs. “The refs never come over to talk to me,” Prout told The Province. “I don’t wear a letter. But before the game, a ref came up to me and said ‘Good job, last night.’ That’s the first time I’ve ever talked with an official other than arguing about a call.” “Later, the shorter ref came up and said ‘Nice right hand.’” The referees...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 11/30/14

Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings – 2:00 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2014-15: 19 Career Games: 828 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC Kowal NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5 27 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.3 25 3.3 Penalties/Gm 3.9 34 4.4 PIM/Gm 8.6 35 10.6 % of Penl on Home Team 50% 6 48% More Penl on Road Team -1% 33 9% Home Win % 53% 12 48% Home Record 10-9 Games to OT/SO 11% 34 25% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 VAN 0-1 1-4 DET 0-1 3-3 Tim Peel (#20) Games 2014-15: 18 Career...

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Habs’ Prust Gets Game Misconduct for Yapping at Refs

Brandon Prust found himself on linesman Scott Driscoll’s bad side last night in Montreal’s game against the Sabres. You don’t want to be on Driscoll’s bad side. Brandon Prust just earned a penalty. Escorted off the ice and to the room. Barking at the ref? — Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) November 29, 2014 Prust earned himself two-minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. He kept on jawing at the officials and soon found his night coming to an abrupt end. Referees Ghislain Hebert and Brian Pochmara slapped Prust with a game misconduct for his continual yapping at Driscoll. Linesman Scott Driscoll doesn’t take too kindly...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 11/29/14

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers – 1:00 EST Referees Paul Devorski (#10) Games 2014-15: 19 Career Games: 1542 First NHL Game: Oct 14 1989 Birthplace: Guelph, ON Devorski NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 6.3 7 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 28 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.3 22 4.4 PIM/Gm 11.7 11 10.6 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 18 48% More Penl on Road Team 8% 20 9% Home Win % 32% 31 48% Home Record 6-13 Games to OT/SO 21% 23 25% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 PHI 0-1 4-2 NYR 0-1 4-3 Mark Lemelin (#41) Games 2014-15: 6 Career...

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Canadiens’ Emelin Fined $11k for Head Shot on Gionta

Montreal’s Emelin, please report to the principal’s office.  The Montreal Canadiens defenseman will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety – and former Montreal Canadiens defenseman – Stephane Quintal on Saturday. Emelin faces supplemental discipline after a head shot on Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta. The Habs’ blueliner was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on the play, which happened late in the third period. Referees were Ghislain Hebert and Brian Pochmara. Emelin’s been the victim of hits that required supplemental discipline, but this is just his second time being called on...

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Stars’ Garbutt Suspended Two Games for Kneeing Oilers’ Hall

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended two games by the NHL for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall.  The hit happened at 12:17 of the third period of Tuesday night’s game. Garbutt was given a two-minute minor for tripping on the play.  Referees for the game were Brad Watson and Dean Morton. Garbutt spoke with Mike Heika of the Dallas News: On what he saw with the hit:  “Well, I think they explained it in the video, Stephane Quintal did on the NHL.com website, so that’s all I got to say about that.” On if he and...

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Tonight’s NHL Officials – 11/28/14

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers – 1:00 EST Referees Francis Charron (#6) Games 2014-15: 19 Career Games: 160 First NHL Game: Apr 5 2010 Birthplace: Ottawa, ON Charron NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 4.9 29 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.5 12 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4 31 4.4 PIM/Gm 8.6 36 10.6 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 18 48% More Penl on Road Team 10% 17 9% Home Win % 37% 30 48% Home Record 7-12 Games to OT/SO 32% 10 25% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 NYR 0-1 2-3 PHI 1-0 3-2 Brad Meier (#34) Games 2014-15: 18 Career...

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Jets’ Lowry Suspended One Game for Boarding Sabres’ Kaleta

Usually, it’s hits from Patrick Kaleta that draw the attention of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.  This time, though, it’s a hit on Kaleta courtesy of Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry. Lowry was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct by referee Darcy Burchell. Kaleta did return to the game.   Here’s another angle on the hit: From the NHL: Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry has been suspended for one game, without pay, for boarding Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta during NHL Game No. 323 in Buffalo on Wednesday, November 26, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player...

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Tonight’s NHL Officials – 11/27/14

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s the last day to enter our Thanksgiving Showdown contest sponsored by REFcore. Enter Now! Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators – 8:00 EST Referees Eric Furlatt (#27) Games 2014-15: 15 Career Games: 815 First NHL Game: Oct 8 2001 Birthplace: Trois-Rivieres, QC Furlatt NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 4.2 39 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.6 9 3.3 Penalties/Gm 5.1 8 4.4 PIM/Gm 12.4 7 10.6 % of Penl on Home Team 45% 28 48% More Penl on Road Team 24% 9 9% Home Win % 53% 12 48% Home Record 8-7 Games to OT/SO 13% 32 25% Team...

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