Month: December 2013

Situation Room: Time Expires on Sharks

The San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau scored a beautiful power play goal against the Ducks, picking up a loose rebound and firing it in to a nearly-empty net. Unfortunately for him, he did it after time had expired.   Referee Justin St. Pierre (#12) signaled a goal and the red light came on, but time had clearly run out. Marleau's goal not counted as the review shows that no time remained on the clock. Ducks lead 1-0 to end the first. — San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 1, 2014 From the NHL: At 20:00 of the first period in...

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Situation Room: Hawks High-Stick Goal

From Monday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings comes this review from the NHL’s Situation Room: At 9:59 of the third period in the Kings/Blackhawks game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Andrew Shaw‘s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the Los Angeles net. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck...

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Tonight’s Officials – 12/31/13

We close out 2013 with 11 games on the NHL schedule. That’s 22 referees in action: Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils Referees: Dan O’Rourke (9) Frederick L’Ecuyer (17) Linesmen:  Matt MacPherson (83), Steve Miller (89) New York Rangers at Florida Panthers Referees: Graham Skilliter (#48) Chris Rooney (#5) Linesmen: Derek Nansen (#70), Tony Sericolo (#84) St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild Referees: Marc Joannette #25 Ian Walsh #29 Linesmen: Scott Cherrey #50, David Brisebois #96 New York Islanders at Boston Bruins Referees: Rob Martell (26) Brad Meier (34) Linesmen:Lonnie Cameron (74) & Mark Wheler (56) Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes...

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Tonight’s Officials – 12/30/13

Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators Referees: Jean Hebert (#15) 3.8 minors/gm.  12.1 total PIM/game Favors home team (47.8% of calls against home team) Brad Meier (#34) 4.3 minors/gm. 14.2  total PIM/game Favors road team (51.3% of calls against home team) Linesmen:  Pierre Racicot (#65), Mark Wheler (#56) Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks Referees: Tom Kowal (#32) 3.1 minors/gm.  10.1 total PIM/game Calls even home/road (50.9% of calls against home team) Don VanMassenhoven (#21) 3.5 minors/gm.  10.2 total PIM/game Favors home team (48.3% of calls against home team) Linesmen:  Scott Cherrey (#50), Michel Cormier (#76) Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators Referees: Tim Peel (#20) 3.5 minors/gm.   11.1 total PIM/game Favors home team (45.4% of calls against home team) Chris Rooney (#5) 4.8 minors/gm.  14.2 total PIM/game Favors home team (45.8% of calls against home team) Linesmen:  Brian Murphy (#93), Tim Nowak (#77) Philadelphia Flyers at Vancouver Canucks Referees: Eric Furlatt (#27) 4.3 minors/gm.  14.6 total PIM/game Favors home team (48.6% of calls against home team) Steve Kozari (#40) 4.1 minors/gm.  13.1 total PIM/game Favors home team (47.2% of calls against home team Linesmen:  Thor Nelson (#80), Don Henderson...

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Situation Room: Intent to Blow Costs Ducks

With the Sharks up 3-0, it looked like the Ducks finally got on the board. The puck was in the net and Ducks forward Corey Perry was celebrating. The whistle blew long after the puck was in… but referee Kyle Rehman, who’d lost sight of the puck, intended to blow the play dead. From the NHL’s Situation Room: At 5:06 of the third period in the Ducks/Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated video review because the puck entered the San Jose net. The referee informed the situation room that he had blown his whistle to stop play prior to...

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How to Get Ejected from an NFL Game

Want to get kicked out of an NFL game? Smacking an official – that’ll do. Sunday’s game was a mess. “The penalty thing got out of hand,” said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. Tight end Lance Kendricks added, “We have to be able to control ourselves.”  On Sunday, the Rams weren’t. With 3:10 to go in the third quarter, Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford was arguing a personal foul called on linebacker Alec Ogletree. As he gestured with his right hand, he smacked another official, knocking his hat to the ground. Emotions were high and the game was well...

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O’Rourke Injured, Leaves Game

Referees are a tough bunch.  They put up with errant sticks, deflected pucks, and the occasional inadvertent body check along the boards (all usually accompanied by raucous applause from the fans). Veteran Dan O’Rourke was injured during the first period of last week’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers. The official collided with Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp behind the Columbus net. As both fell to the ice, Tropp’s skate came up, hitting O’Rourke squarely in the chest. O’Rourke did not return to the game. Darcy Burchell, working just his tenth game of the season (and...

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Foligno Gets the Boot for Instigating after a Clean Hit

It’s great to stick up for your teammates.  Sometimes, though, they get nailed by a clean hit. That’s hockey. That doesn’t mean Marcus Foligno has to like it. Watch as he goes after the Caps’ Tom Wilson, who lined up Ville Leino. Foligno earned himself the rest of the night off. To be fair, he probably wasn’t going to be the difference maker in this game...

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Tonight’s Officials – 12/29/13

Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres Referees: Rob Martell (#26), 3.1 minor penalties per game.  9.1 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.0% of calls against home team) Wes McCauley (#4) 3.1 minor penalties per game. 9.8 total PIM per game. Favors home team (46.1% of calls against home team) Linesmen:  Mark Shewchyk (#92), David Brisebois (#96) Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer (#17) 3.6 minor penalties per game. 10.5 total PIM per game. Favors home team (43.7% of calls against home team) Kevin Pollock (#33) 3.3 minor penalties per game. 10.3  total PIM per game. Favors...

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World Juniors Official Kosaka a Rare Breed (via IIHF)

  Some World Juniors ref reading from IIHF.com on Japanese official Kenji Kosaka: On ice or off, the 36-year-old native of Tokyo exudes warmth, not always the easiest thing to do during the heat of an international hockey game. “My policy is to smile and have fun,” he explained in a quiet moment after working the Slovakia-Germany game at the 2014 IIHF World World Championship in Malmo. “Every game is an important game, but you must enjoy it as well. The referees and linesmen must be in control of the game, but it is important for me to talk...

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