Day: February 27, 2015

Congrats to our First Call: Stadium Series Winner!

Congratulations to Rhodes Dolan, whose guess for the first penalty in the Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks was the closest. San Jose Sharks defenseman Brendan Dillon was the first to head to the penalty box. He was called for holding at 6:33 of the first period. Rhodes wins a REFcore prize pack that includes a t-shirt and a riot pad. Some notes from the entries: Calls: Hooking was the most common guess (39%), followed by tripping (21%).  Holding, the actual penalty, ranked fifth, behind also hooking, tripping, roughing (8%), and interference (7%)....

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Sharks’ Couture Fined $5,000 for Slew-Footing Wings’ Smith

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture has been fined $5,000 for slew-footing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. The incident happened with 3:57 left in the third period on Thursday, February 26, when the two teams met in San Jose.   Couture was given a minor penalty for tripping on the play. Smith was also penalized, going off for hooking. Referees for the game were Chris Rooney and Kyle Rehman. Linesmen were Steve Miller and Trent Knorr. Couture has no disciplinary history with the league. The $5,000 fine is the maximum permitted under the CBA. The money will go...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 2/27/15

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils – 7:00 EST Referees Marc Joannette (#25) Games 2014-15: 54 Career Games: 980 First NHL Game: Oct 1 1999 Birthplace: Verdun, QC Joannette NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.5 14 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 2.8 36 3.1 Penalties/Gm 3.6 36 4.1 PIM/Gm 8.5 35 10 % of Penl on Home Team 46% 32 48% More Penl on Road Team 15% 8 7% Home Win % 59% 4 48% Home Rec. 32-22 Games to OT/SO 26% 12 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 30% 41% 29% Rank 31 8 20 Team Records...

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Coyotes Frustrated After Missed Call Leads to Game-Tying Goal

The Arizona Coyotes let their two goal lead slip away on Thursday night, ultimately watching the New York Rangers claw back for a 4-3 victory. Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett pointed to a missed call late in the second period as the pivotal moment in the game. Rangers forward Derick Brassard attempted to play the puck along the boards in the Arizona zone.  He got his stick up, catching Coyotes defenseman Andrew Campbell in the mouth.  Campbell went to the bench for repairs, obviously bleeding. There was no penalty called on the play. If one of the linesmen had seen Brassard’s...

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Skilliter: “You’re Not Going to Score a Goal That Way!”

With the puck under the left pad of Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford continued to whack away at the puck.  Referee Graham Skilliter, in his first full season as an NHL referee, blew the whistle and offered Stafford some advice: “You’re not going to score a goal that way!”   (Stick-tap to Olityo over at /r/hockey for the...

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