Day: March 13, 2016

Suspension Coming for Blue Jackets’ Prout After Sucker Punch?

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dalton Proust may find himself with a few extra days off after punching an unsuspecting Nikita Kucherov in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The two teams came together midway through the second period when Blue Jackets winger Mike Foligno knocked down Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop behind the net.  Tampa’s Andrej Sustr and Kucherov went after Foligno. Prout joined the fracas, skating in and hitting Kucherov with a solid right. Foligno was called for tripping on the original play. Kucherov and Prout went off with matching minors for rouging, with Prout picking up an additional misconduct.  Kucherov...

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Officials Respond To Wideman Ruling

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman saw his suspension for a hit on linesman Don Henderson reduced from 20 games to 10 by arbitrator James Oldham.  Wideman has returned to the ice, playing 18 minutes in his first game back.   Wideman spoke with the media after his return.  “I’m happy [my suspension] was reduced to 10 games,” he said, “But I still maintain that it was completely accidental and I had no intent on hitting [Henderson] at all.” Henderson remains sidelined, and will not return to action this season.  The 47-year-old veteran official has worked nearly 1,300 regular season games...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/13/16

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers – 12:30 EST Referees Ghislain Hebert (#22) Games 2015-16: 57 Career Games: 349 First NHL Game: Mar 2 2009 Birthplace: Bathurst, NB Hebert NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.2 26 5.3 PP/Gm 2.9 32 3.1 Penl/Gm 3.7 35 4 PIM/Gm 8.5 38 9.6 % of Penl on Home 51% 2 48% More Penl on Road -3% 39 7% Home Win % 61% 7 53% Home Rec. 35-22 Games to OT/SO 21% 24 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 30% 42% 28% Rank 31 8 28 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 PIT 3-0 3-2...

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