Month: December 2014

NHL Clarifies ‘Puck-In-Netting’ Rule on Disallowed Goals

Recently, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a goal after the puck deflected into the netting. Over a minute of play elapsed and the goal was allowed to stand, much to the chagrin of Bruins’ play-by-play man Jack Edwards (story here). The Dallas Stars had a similar situation last month, where the Situation Room felt that too much time had passed, so they deferred to the on-ice crew. With concerns – notably those of Edwards above – the league thought it best to take a moment to revisit the specifics of the rule that covers what’s eligible for video review.  The...

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Tonight’s World Juniors Referees & Linesmen – 12/31/14

Updated as assignments are posted… Check back for updates: Switzerland vs. Sweden – 1:00pm Referees: Vladimir Baluska (SVK), Geoff Miller (USA) Linesmen: Nikolaj Ponomarjow (GER), Judson Ritter (USA) Standby Ref: Pascal St-Jacques (CAN) Canada vs. USA – 4:00pm Referees: Mikko Kaukokari (FIN), Marcus Vinnerborg (SWE) Linesmen: Miroslav Lhotsky (CZE), Andreas Malmqvist (SWE) Standby Ref: Antonin Jerabek (CZE) Russia vs. Czech Republic – 5:00pm Referees: Lars Brueggemann (GER), Tobias Wehrli (SUI) Linesmen: Jordan Browne (CAN), Jani Pesonen (FIN) Standby Ref: Steve Patafie (USA) Germany vs. Finland – 8:00pm Referees: TBD Linesmen: TBD Standby Ref: TBD  ...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 12/31/14

New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets – 5:00 EST Referees Brian Pochmara (#16) Games 2014-15: 30 Career Games: 497 First NHL Game: Dec 23 2005 Birthplace: Detroit, MI Pochmara NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5 28 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.3 16 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.5 10 4.3 PIM/Gm 11.9 6 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 46% 30 48% More Penl on Road Team 15% 10 9% Home Win % 60% 9 49% Home Record 18-12 Games to OT/SO 30% 12 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 NYI 1-1 2-3 WPG 2-3 3-3 Jean Hebert (#15) Games 2014-15: 29 Career...

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Canada Coach Boucher Blasts Refs After Spengler Cup Loss

Team Canada nearly came back from a five-goal deficit in Tuesday’s Spengler Cup Tournament game against defending champions Geneve-Servette.  Their comeback hopes – and any possibility of avoiding elimination – were foiled by a late delay of game penalty.   Head coach Guy Boucher was happy to voice his displeasure after what ended up as a 6-5 loss for the Canadians. Boucher confronted the officials after the game. His comments were directed at Eichmann, who responds as Boucher heads off.  Linesman Roman Kaderli remains stoic and stone-faced as a fuming, screaming Boucher is venting just inches away. If you couldn’t...

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LA Kings Call Out Oilers’ Scrivens for Illegal Knob

The Los Angeles Kings employed a bit of gamesmanship prior to the game-deciding shootout in Tuesday night’s match. With the score even at 3 and both teams failing to convert in round one of the post-game skills competition, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter called the officials over to the bench to address an issue.  One he hoped might rattle his opposition. The problem? Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens was playing with an illegally colored knob on his goal stick. Sutter knows the NHL rulebook, especially Rule 10.2, which says: 10.2 Goalkeeper’s Stick – In the case of a goalkeeper’s stick,...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 12/30/14

Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers – 7:30 EST Referees Kelly Sutherland (#11) Games 2014-15: 29 Career Games: 891 First NHL Game: Dec 19 2000 Birthplace: Richmond, BC Sutherland NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 4.8 33 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.1 28 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.3 20 4.3 PIM/Gm 11 14 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 47% 22 48% More Penl on Road Team 13% 13 9% Home Win % 55% 12 49% Home Record 16-13 Games to OT/SO 24% 22 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 MTL 2-0 1-2 FLA 1-0 3-2 Tim Peel (#20) Games 2014-15: 30 Career Games:...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 12/29/14

Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins – 7:00 EST Referees Ian Walsh (#29) Games 2014-15: 27 Career Games: 797 First NHL Game: Oct 14 2000 Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA Walsh NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.4 14 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 24 3.3 Penalties/Gm 3.7 35 4.3 PIM/Gm 8.7 34 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 49% 8 48% More Penl on Road Team 3% 31 9% Home Win % 52% 17 49% Home Record 14-13 Games to OT/SO 22% 30 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 DET 2-0 1-2 BOS 0-0 2-1 Marc Joannette (#25) Games 2014-15: 29 Career...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 12/28/14

Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers – 5:00 EST Referees Dan O’Rourke (#9) Games 2014-15: 31 Career Games: 807 First NHL Game: Oct 2 1999 Birthplace: Calgary, AB O’Rourke NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.9 7 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.8 3 3.3 Penalties/Gm 5 5 4.3 PIM/Gm 11.2 11 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 44% 36 48% More Penl on Road Team 25% 4 9% Home Win % 42% 28 49% Home Record 13-18 Games to OT/SO 26% 19 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 TOR 1-0 1-3 FLA 1-1 1-2 Jean Hebert (#15) Games 2014-15: 29 Career...

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Brodeur Loses Puck in Pads

Goaltenders get paid the big bucks to stop pucks.  Where those pucks end up, however, doesn’t really matter as long as they’re not in the net.   St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur made a save on a Tyler Toffoli shot — and made the puck disappear. Referees Chris Rooney and Jean Hebert along with linesmen Don Henderson and Lonnie Cameron watch as Brodeur pats himself down in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the puck. Only after Brodeur heads to the bench does that puck become dislodged from his equipment.  Referee Chris Rooney proudly holds it up to show the...

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Wild’s Carter Called For Playing Puck From Penalty Box

When you’re in the penalty box, there’s nothing you want more than to get back out on the ice. Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Carter was so excited to get back out there, he got into the action before actually leaving the penalty box. With his penalty expired, Carter stepped one skate on the ice.  Seeing the puck coming his way, he turned his skate to deflect it towards the offensive zone.  You can’t do that. When you’ve still got one skate in the box, that’s a penalty.   NHL rule 56.2, Interference, states, in part: A minor penalty shall...

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