Day: December 22, 2014

NHL Situation Room: Predators/Blue Jackets – 1:16 of the First Period

Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno nearly gave the Columbus Blue Jackets an early one-goal lead in Monday night’s game against the Nashville Predators. Referee Kelly Sutherland – with the help of the NHL’s Situation Room – denied him. Veteran referee Kelly Sutherland called upstairs for a second opinion on the play.  Replays confirmed the timing of the shot relative to the net being bumped. From the NHL: At 1:16 of the first period in the Nashville Predators/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Nashville net. Video review determined...

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Why Was Rangers’ Goal Waved Off vs. Canes?

The New York Rangers thought they’d extended their lead to 2-o early in the second period of Sunday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Matt Hunwick’s shot hit the post and bounced off goaltender Anton Khudobin’s back and into the crease…  and over the goal line. Referee Darcy Burchell, positioned right behind the net, waved it off immediately.  Then he headed over to put on the headset and discuss it with the NHL’s Situation Room. The NHL’s official ruling was that the puck never crossed the goal line.   But it did. Referee Dan O’Rourke gave a different...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 12/22/14

Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals – 7:00 EST Referees Justin St. Pierre (#12) Games 2014-15: 30 Career Games: 596 First NHL Game: Nov 9 2005 Birthplace: Dolbeau, QC St. Pierre NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.3 17 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.4 13 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.4 15 4.3 PIM/Gm 11.3 10 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 43% 38 48% More Penl on Road Team 34% 2 9% Home Win % 53% 15 49% Home Record 16-14 Games to OT/SO 23% 25 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 OTT 1-1 1-4 WSH 1-1 3-1 Kevin Pollock (#33) Games 2014-15: 30...

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NHL Issues 22 Diving Warnings, First Fine to Preds’ Neal

The NHL made some minor rule changes coming into the season to try to crack down on diving, including more fines and the threat of publicizing known divers.  The first of those fines – and public notice – have taken place. Nashville Predators forward James Neal is the first to receive a fine for embellishment. He’s been slapped with a $2,000 fine.  The amount may not be significant for a guy who makes $5 million a year, but it does get his name on the list of known divers. The fine comes as a result of his second violation of the...

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No Suspension for Bartkowski’s Hit on Sabres’ Gionta

Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski has somehow eluded the Department of Player Safety for his thunderous hit on Buffalo Sabres winger Brian Gionta. In the first period of Sunday’s game, Gionta went to receive a pass just inside his own blueline. With his head down, he never saw Bartkowski coming.  The Bruins defender hit Gionta with a bodycheck that sent him flying.  More specifically, it flipped him over. Gionta’s teammate Marcus Foligno immediately challenged Bartkowski, dropping the gloves for a brief fight. After the dust settled, Bartkowski was gone with a major penalty for interference along with a game...

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Panthers’ Mitchell Uses Helmet As Weapon; No Suspension?

Saturday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers was an ugly one. It was a penalty-filled affair, with 76 minutes handed out – 38 in the first period – by referees Steve Kozari and Mark Lemelin. Late in the first, the two teams came together at the Panthers’ net after two Penguins crashed into Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo. Defensemen Willie Mitchell and Kris Letang dropped the gloves. The fight was mostly clutching and grabbing, with Mitchell landing two punches as linesmen Andy McElman and Derek Amell tried to separate the two. That’s when Mitchell decided to step...

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Bruins’ Marchand’s Embellishment Record Wiped Clean

With the NHL’s crackdown on diving this season, the league is reviewing all possible dives and embellishment.  This includes both infractions caught on the ice as well as those that eluded the referees’ watchful eyes. Infractions caught after the fact can still add to a player’s total when it comes to the new diving supplemental discipline guidelines. These include player fines as well as fines for the head coaches of frequent offenders. The league also has the power to make those penalties go away. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand had been called for embellishment by referee Tom Kowal on...

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