Day: June 7, 2016

NBA Referees Call for End to ‘Last 2 Minutes’ Report

Sports leagues and their officials are always looking for ways to improve the accuracy of their calls and the understanding of why they were made.  The NHL introduced Coach’s Challenges to provide an opportunity for a second look at certain critical situations surrounding goals, specifically goaltender interference and offside plays. The NBA, in an attempt to improve transparency, implemented the ‘Last Two Minutes’ – or L2M – report.  The report was created as “the latest step in the league’s effort toward more transparency in its officiating program.”  Embed from Getty Images   “Our fans are passionate and have an intense...

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Penalty Playback: Sharks/Penguins Cup Final Game 4

A look back at the penalty calls from Monday night’s Game 4 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks.  Referees for the game were Wes McCauley and Kelly Sutherland with linesmen Brian Murphy and Pierre Racicot.  There were four penalties called in the game – two to each team.  On the resulting power plays, the Penguins went 1-for-2, while the Sharks were 0-for-2. 1st Period, 11:37 – SJS Vlasic #44, Interference on PIT Crosby #87    1st Period, 14:45 – PIT Lovejoy #12, Holding the Stick on SJS Marleau #12   2nd Period, 2:28...

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Karlsson’s Penalty Leads to Pens GWG; Did Fehr Flop?

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally broke through on the power play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, with an Evgeni Malkin goal set up by a San Jose penalty that some called a ‘flop’ by Pittsburgh forward Eric Fehr. With the Penguins leading 1-0, looking to go up 3-1 in the series, a pivotal penalty was called on San Jose’s Melker Karlsson.  The Sharks’ winger was sent to the box for interference against the Pens’ Fehr. It took just nine seconds for the Penguins to convert, with Evgeni Malkin deflecting a Phil Kessel pass past San Jose goaltender Martin Jones to give his club...

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