Day: January 8, 2014

Tonight’s Officials – 1/8/14

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Referees: Mike Leggo (#3) 39 games officiated 3.1 minor penalties per game 9.1 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.3% minors called vs. home) Famous for being the “You Can’t Do That” guy Leggo just worked Flyers/Devils last night. Flyers are 2-0 when he worksMontreal is 1-1 under Leggo. Trevor Hanson (#47) – ROOKIE  3 games officiated. First time working with Leggo. 3.8 minor penalties per game 10.7 total PIM per game Favors home team (39.1% minors called vs. home, through only 3 games) This is the first game Hanson has worked for...

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Situation Room: Doan Uses the Body

The Coyotes needed a break.   Phoenix hadn’t won in regulation since December 12.  Their captain, Shane Doan, was sidelined for a month with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. A lucky bounce and a game-opening goal by Doan was just what they needed.  Of course, they probably didn’t expect it to go like this.  Specifically, to go off Doan’s shoulder. Mikkel Boedker’s centering pass from behind the net hit Doan up high, bouncing past unsuspecting Flames netminder Reto Berra. Veteran official Dan O’Halloran immediately called it a goal.  Looking to confirm what exactly happened on the play, he reached  out...

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Jan 7 Recap: A Strange Night of Officiating

Coming into last night’s action, referee Brad Meier had called the second-most penalty minutes in the NHL, averaging 13.7 PIM per game and 4.3 minor penalties per game.   He took to the ice for Oilers/Blues, paired with fellow veteran Ian Walsh.   Walsh called an average of 3.5 minor penalties per game, right around the league average. Tonight, they both decided to cut back dramatically on their calls.  Swallowing their whistles?  They devoured them. Oilers/Blues: Three Penalties The two combined to call just three minor penalties in the game — all against the Edmonton Oilers.   Two of the...

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Lapierre’s Controversial Goal vs. Oilers

With the Blues and Oilers tied at one apiece, Max Lapierre made a solid individual effort to steal the puck before coming out from behind the goal line and getting it past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Or did he? A look from the net cam gives the impression that the puck found its way through the net. Further review – and different angles – show more clearly that the puck squeezed between Bryz and the post. The net cam view creates the illusion of the puck coming through because of the shadows/darkness of the goalpost. Check out the movement along...

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Supplemental Discipline Coming for Jets’ Frolik?

On Tuesday, Winnipeg Jets winger Michal Frolik received a call to let him know he’d be part of the Czech Olympic hockey team. On Wednesday, he’ll be hoping his phone doesn’t ring.  If it does, there’s a good chance Brendan Shanahan will be on the other end of the line. Frolik may be facing supplemental discipline after boarding Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nate Thompson.  With the game tied at two midway through the third period, Frolik hit Thompson from behind, driving his head awkwardly into the boards. Thompson heads to trainers room after hitting head on boards after hit...

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Situation Room: Off the Skate of St. Louis

Midway through the third period of their game against the Winnipeg Jets, the Tampa Bay Lightning broke a 2-2 tie off a power-play point shot from Victor Hedman.  The shot deflected off Marty St. Louis who was positioned at the top of the crease. The referee immediately signaled a goal on the ice, but the play went to Toronto for review: The official decision from the NHL: At 8:39 of the third period in the Lightning/Jets game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that the puck deflected off of Martin St. Louis’ skate and entered the net...

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