Day: January 1, 2015

Winter Classic Ends on Late Power Play Goal

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic wrapped up with a storybook ending, with the home team scoring a late power play goal for a last-minute victory. It wasn’t quite a storybook ending for the man in the box at the time of the goal, especially since he felt he’d been wrongly convicted.  Toews went off for hooking Caps’ defenseman Karl Alzner with 1:13 to play in the third period of a 2-2 game: “I don’t know how much that play deserved a call there [or] how much it had to do with maybe us getting a few more opportunities on the...

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Winter Classic Ref-Cam Highlights

From the moment referee Francois St. Laurent took to the ice at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. we all waiting to see what terrific footage would be captured by the ref-cam atop his helmet.   Thanks to the fine folks at Sportsnet, here’s a glimpse of the game’s highlights viewed from St. Laurent’s point of view. This angle really shows that the best angle for the action is easily the ref’s point of view.  Thanks to the NHL and Sportsnet for helping to share that view....

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Oilers’ Aulie Suspended 2 Games For Headshot on Flames’ Stajan

Edmonton’s Keith Aulie will be waiting by the phone tonight.  The Department of Player Safety would like to have a word with Aulie after his hit on Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan. The hit took place at 19:05 of the first period of Wednesday night’s game. Aulie was given a major penalty and a game misconduct on the play by referees Eric Furlatt and Francis Charron. Stajan returned to the ice later in the game. Interestingly, Aulie was recalled earlier this year to fill in when Andrew Ference was suspended for a check to the head.  That hit was on Vancouver’s...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/1/15

  2015 Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals – 1:00 EST Referees Francois St. Laurent (#38) Games 2014-15: 31 Career Games: 438 First NHL Game: Nov 10 2005 Birthplace: Greenfield Park, QC St. Laurent NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.1 25 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.5 9 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.3 20 4.3 PIM/Gm 9.6 28 10.4 % of Penl on Home Team 46% 30 48% More Penl on Road Team 16% 8 9% Home Win % 35% 33 49% Home Record 11-20 Games to OT/SO 26% 19 27% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 CHI 1-0 4-2 WSH 2-0 4-1 Kelly...

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