Day: March 6, 2014

Kings No-Goal on Brad Meier’s Quick Whistle

Brad Meier’s had his share of disallowed goals. His latest came with a quick whistle in Winnipeg. With Los Angeles up 2-1 on the  Jets, the Kings thought they’d extended their lead with 6:26 to go in the third period. They got the puck over the line – no question there. It even looked like it was in before the whistle sounded.  Enter the dreaded “intent to blow” call. Brad Meier claims the puck crossed the line well after the whistle sounded. I disagree. Let’s be honest, perhaps it entered after he intended to blow the whistle.  These are the calls that frustrate fans and players.  A quick whistle is one thing, but situations like this – where the puck may have been in long before Meier’s stoppage – are hard to deal with. Here’s the NHL’s official ruling: At 13:33 of the third period in the Kings/Jets game, the Toronto Situation Room initiated a review because the puck crossed the Jets goal line. The referee informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing the whistle prior to the puck crossing the goal line. This is not a reviewable play. No Goal Los...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/6/14

Tonight’s Referees & Linesmen for Thursday, March 6, 2014 Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Referees: Greg Kimmerly (#18) 3.44 minor penalties per game 10.5 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.3% minors called vs. home) Mike Leggo (#3) 3.16 minor penalties per game 9.1 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.1% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Michel Cormier (#76), Brian Murphy (#93) Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets Referees: Dave Jackson (#8) 4.04 minor penalties per game 12.2 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.6% minors called vs. home) Brad Meier (#34) 4.07 minor penalties per game 12.6 total PIM per game Favors road  team (52.5% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich (#86), Derek Nansen (#70) Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning Referees: Steve Kozari (#40) 4.30 minor penalties per game 13.0 total PIM per game Favors home team (46.5% minors called vs. home) Rob Martell (#26) 3.19 minor penalties per game 9.0 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.1% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Jonny Murray (#95), Pierre Racicot (#65) Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings Referees: Brian Pochmara (#16) 4.26 minor penalties per game 12.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.6% minors called vs. home) Kelly Sutherland (#11) 3.54 minor penalties per game 10.9 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.4% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Scott Cherrey (#50),...

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Referee Strike Looming for Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer season is about to get underway — with or without their referees.  Via Soccer by Ives: Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday that the league has a plan in place to play games if the referee’s union, the Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA), fails to reach a deal with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), the body created by the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS in 2012 to manage game officials in U.S. and Canadian professional leagues. Sports Illustrated reports that the PSRA has filed a pair of unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board,...

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Linesman Andy McElman Takes a Punch

Being a linesman is hard work.  Most of your night is spent dropping pucks at faceoffs and watching pucks and skates cross a blue.  Occasionally, you’ll get to break up a fight or two.   If you’re lucky, you’ll stay out of the line of fire. Linesman Andy McElman was not so lucky. During a scrum between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche, punches started flying between Max Talbot and Michal Roszival.   They both took swings at the same time — Talbot a left, Roszival a right.  Their gloves both connected…  with McElman’s chin. When McElman went down,...

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