Here’s a nice on-ice look – and listen – of the referees in action during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: 

  • Jean Hebert kicks off the action at Rangers/Pens, sharing some AHL memories with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. 
  • Dan O’Rourke and Chris Lee take a look at a replay. “We haven’t gotten anything yet,” says O’Rourke, later confirming the call on the ice. 
  • “Val!” calls referee Tim Peel.  “That’s not a penalty.  If I call that a penalty, that’s a tough standard to keep all night.”
  • Referee Brad Watson spends quite a bit of time explaining a call to the Caps.
    “Very good hit, but he hit him late,” says Watson.
    “It’s a good hit,” argues Washington’s Tom Wilson.  
    “Yeah, but he hit him late,” says Watson. “Blindside. Blindside and late.  If we don’t call that, we’re going to have a lot of those.”