Month: November 2013

Kerry Fraser Weighs In on a Broken Tooth as Evidence

In his “C’mon Ref” column over at TSN, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser looks at evidence and how it applies to high-sticking: Hi Kerry, Early in the second period of Monday’s game between Los Angeles and Vancouver, Kings player Jake Muzzin hit Canuck Daniel Sedin with a high stick, knocking a tooth out. Sedin clearly showed the tooth to the referees, yet Muzzin received only a two-minute minor. Why was this not a double minor? Thanks, Shaun from Vancouver   Based on the physical evidence presented by Daniel Sedin to Referee Steve Kozari and the calm and accepting demeanor coach John Tortorella...

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Hurricanes’ Westgarth Suspended Two Games for Boarding

Kevin Westgarth went to Princeton.  Despite his Ivy league education, he made a very stupid play when he boarded Sens’ defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Now he can put those brain cells back to work as he ruminates over his actions while he gets a league-mandated two games in the pressbox. From the NHL: Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during NHL Game No. 354 in Raleigh on Sunday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.   The incident occurred at 7:55 of the first period. Westgarth...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/27/13

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Referees: Paul Devorski (10), Dean Morton (36) Linesmen: Jonny Murray (95), David Brisebois (96) Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils Referees: Marc Joannette (25), Chris Rooney (5) Linesmen:  Jay Sharrers (57), Mark Shewchyk (92) Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders Referees: #42 Darcy Burchell, #11 Kelly Sutherland Linesmen:  #83 Matt MacPherson, #70 Derek Nansen Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals Referees: Eric Furlatt (27), Jean Hebert (15) Linesmen:  Brian Murphy (93), Tim Nowak (77) Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets Referees: Justin St. Pierre #12 & Dave Jackson #8 Linesmen: Greg Devorski #54 & Lonnie Cameron #74 Phoenix Coyotes at Minnesota Wild...

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Getzlaf Scores, Perry Hits Ref

Saturday’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Tampa Bay Lightning was a hard-fought, low-scoring affair.  Both goaltenders – Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller and Tampa’s Ben Bishop – played outstanding.  Neither had given up a goal in over 64 minutes of play — the teams were scoreless in overtime with the clock winding down. That’s when Ryan Getzlaf’s shot trickled over the line with just 5.2 seconds left. Getzlaf celebrated with a double fist pump.  Corey Perry celebrated by checking referee Ian Walsh. Walsh was skating in to signal the goal as Perry came around the net. Both went down....

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/25/13

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins Referees: Rob Martell (#26), Kelly Sutherland (#11) Linesmen: Michel Cormier (#76), Mark Shewchyk (#92) Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils Referees: Dean Morton (#36), Dan O’Halloran (#13) Linesmen: Brian Murphy (#93), Jay Sharrers (#57) Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs Referees: Brian Pochmara (#16), Chris Lee (#28) Linesmen: Greg Devorski (#54), Jonny Murray (#95) New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning Referees: Ghislain Hebert (#22), Francois St. Laurent (#38) Linesmen: Andy McElman (#90), Tony Sericolo (#84) Philadelphia Flyers at Florida Panthers Referees:  Gord Dwyer (#19), Tim Peel (#20) Linesmen:  Brad Kovachik (#71), Kiel...

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NCAA: UND’s O’Donnell Gets Penalty for Being Slashed

Brendan O’Donnell was wrongly convicted. The North Dakota winger was given two minutes for slashing Terriers forward Tommy Kelley late in the third period of a 3-3 game against Boston University, breaking his stick. Upon further review, the victim was really the offender.  Kelley actually slashed O’Donnell, breaking his own stick in the process. What did referee Kevin Shea say to O’Donnell on the way to the penalty box?  “He told me to get in the box.” Thankfully, the blown call didn’t cost North Dakota the game.  It ended in a 3-3...

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Canes’ Westgarth Boards Sens’ Borowiecki

“Paging Brendan Shanahan.  Brendan Shanahan to the Situation Room.” This hit, at 7:55 of the first period, by the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kevin Westgarth on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators was a rough one.  One that will likely earn Westgarth a few games in the pressbox. For a Princeton grad, this was a stupid play. Borowiecki appeared to lose his edge heading into the corner.  As he got to his feet, the Canes’ winger steamrolled him, crushing his head against the dasher.    Westgarth was given a two-minute minor for boarding.  Borowiecki did not return. While the officials –...

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Patriots’ Brady vs. NFL Refs… Again

The New England Patriots, down 24-0, rallied to come from behind to send their Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos to overtime. With the ball on their own 37-yard line on a 2nd-and-4, Brady made a short pass attempt.  Before the receiver could reel in the ball – heck, before he even reached for it – he was tackled. You can’t do that.   It’s called pass interference. At least, that’s what it’s called when it’s called.  It wasn’t called. Tom Brady was not pleased.  For the second straight week, he let the officials know it. I don't...

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NFL Refs Advised to ‘Explain Unusual Situations’

After last week’s controversial call (or non-call, as it were) to end the Patriots/Panthers game, the league wants to make sure its officials are very clear on the calls they make and that they articulate the reasons behind them. From NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk: Per a league source, officials have received a “strong reminder” to explain unusual situations via the microphone provided to each referee.  The league previously has acknowledged that referee Clete Blakeman “absolutely” should have said more to explain the decision to pick up a flag that had been thrown for pass interference. The league also...

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