Day: February 11, 2016

5 Years Ago Today: Penguins, Islanders Combine for 346 PIM

Five years ago today, referees David Banfield and Dan O’Halloran had their hands full. An eventual 9-3 Islanders victory saw the penalty minutes pile up. When the dust settled, a total of 346 penalty minutes had been handed out — 183 to New York and 163 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Through the first 20 minutes of play, the teams combined for a total of 30 penalty minutes, with two fights. The Islanders posted four goals over that span, leading to a frustrated Penguins team. Things only escalated from there.  Take a look at the final game sheet: Linesmen Steve...

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Quenneville: NHL Disagreed With Blackhawks’ Overturned Goal

The Chicago Blackhawks were shut out by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, with an early disallowed goal proving to be the difference in the game.  Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville claims that the NHL disagreed with the no-goal decision. In the final minutes of a scoreless first period, Chicago appeared to take the lead on a goal by Brandon Mashinter. Dennis Rasmussen’s back pass deflected off Mashinter’s shin before fluttering over goaltender Martin Jones and into the net.  Initially, referee Tom Kowal indicated it was a goal.  San Jose head coach Pete DeBoer challenged the play.  DeBoer is quite familiar...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 2/11/16

Los Angeles Kings at New York Islanders – 7:00 EST Referees Francois St. Laurent (#38) Games 2015-16: 22 Career Games: 504 First NHL Game: Nov 10 2005 Birthplace: Greenfield Park, QC St. Laurent NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.5 9 5.2 PP/Gm 3.5 6 3.1 Penl/Gm 4.1 13 4 PIM/Gm 9 27 9.6 % of Penl on Home 48% 19 48% More Penl on Road 8% 17 8% Home Win % 73% 8 65% Home Rec. 16-6 Games to OT/SO 36% 1 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 36% 35% 30% Rank 13 29 19 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15...

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Leafs’ Kadri Fined $5,000 for Throat-Slash Gesture

Toronto’s Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000 for a throat-slashing gesture made towards Calgary’s Mark Giordano.  The gesture came in response to a hard, open ice hit delivered by the Flames captain late in the first period of Tuesday night’s game. The $5,000 fine is the maximum permitted under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. “It’s something I don’t really remember doing, to be honest,” said Kadri, who claimed to be a dazed after the hit from Giordano. (Is this what players have taken away from the Wideman incident?  The ‘woozy’ defense?) Kadri was not penalized for the gesture during the game....

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