Day: December 29, 2013

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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IIHF Reviewing Hit on Linesman at World Juniors

A rough moment for the officials at the World Juniors this week. As time expired in the second period of the game between Canada and the Czech Republic, Canadian forward Connor McDavid fired the puck into the Czech net. Defenseman Michal Plutnar took exception to the play and went after the future-first-overall-pick. He took out linesman Eduard Metalnikov on the way, shoving the official to the ice. Plutnar was given two minutes for roughing. That probably would’ve been the appropriate call if he’d shoved McDavid to the ice after the whistle. Shouldn’t the penalty be a bit more severe...

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