Day: March 18, 2015

Ref Reading: Pens Call Out Refs on Penalty Calls

The Pittsburgh Penguins know they need to handle their interactions with the on-ice officials a bit better, especially going into the playoffs.  From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “They think we’re always all over the referees,”, said Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. “We need to get better at that. Even better than what we did this year. We have to control what we can control and not worry about those things.” Coach Mike Johnston said he has, at times this year, seen his team react in ways he doesn’t like. In his estimation it is the coaching staff and designated team leaders...

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Leafs’ Kadri Suspended 4 Games for Hit on Fraser

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended four games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an illegal hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers winger Matt Fraser. The hit happened 10:58 into the third period of Monday night’s game, an eventual 4-1 win by the Oilers. Kadri extended his elbow as he skated behind the Edmonton net, clipping Fraser up high. Kadri was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head by referee Tim Peel. Fraser lay motionless on the ice for a few moments before being helped off the ice by his teammates....

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No Suspension For Blackhawks Shaw After Head Butt

It’s been three years since an NHL player was suspended for a head-butt.  Despite the actions of Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw on St. Patrick’s Day, it appears that streak will continue.   Shaw was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for head-butting New York Islanders center Brock Nelson on Sunday. The incident occurred 5:30 into the second period with the Blackhawks leading 2-0. Shaw and Islanders center Brock Nelson collided along the boards. After the puck left the zone, the two continued to battle, with Nelson delivering a series of cross-checks. Shaw promptly ended the dispute by head-butting...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/18/15

Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers – 8:00 EST Referees Francis Charron (#6) Games 2014-15: 64 Career Games: 205 First NHL Game: Apr 5 2010 Birthplace: Ottawa, ON Charron NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.3 21 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 16 3.1 Penalties/Gm 4.1 24 4.1 PIM/Gm 9.8 23 10 % of Penl on Home Team 49% 12 49% More Penl on Road Team 4% 27 6% Home Win % 42% 29 47% Home Rec. 27-37 Games to OT/SO 31% 8 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 31% 39% 30% Rank 27 15 23 Team Records...

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