Day: March 7, 2014

Intent to Blow Holds Rangers Scoreless

Less than four minutes into Friday night’s game between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes, referees Justin St. Pierre and Tom Kowal had already spoken with the NHL’s Situation Room twice. The first, just 2:20 into the first, saw the Rangers’ fourth line crash the net. Video replay determined no goal on the play. Early video review, but Khudobin had the puck covered, and it didn't cross the goal line. Still scoreless. — Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes_Gameday) March 8, 2014 Fourth line crashes Hurricanes net, quick stoppage for video review but puck didn't cross line. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord)...

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Flyers Coach Berube’s Beef with Officiating

The Philadelphia Flyers are the most penalized team in the NHL with 980 penalty minutes through 63 games.   That works out to an average of 15.6 penalty minutes per game. Their 283 minors are second only to Ottawa’s 286.  Philly’s 40 major penalties and 15 misconduct penalties both lead the league. The Flyers’ 251 times shorthanded are also an NHL high.  Thankfully, their ninth-ranked penalty kill (83.3%) has bailed them out. Coach Craig Berube finds the calls against the Flyers a bit suspicious. When asked if he thought the team’s reputation factors in to their league-leading penalty totals,...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/7/14

 New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes Referees: Tom Kowal #32 3.26 minor penalties per game 9.9 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.1% minors called vs. home)  Justin St. Pierre #12 3.68 minor penalties per game 9.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (46.4% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: David Brisebois #96, Andy McElman #90 New York Islanders at Calgary Flames Referees: Ian Walsh #29 3.57 minor penalties per game 9.3 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.7% minors called vs. home) Francois St. Laurent #38 4.07 minor penalties per game 12.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.5% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Don Henderson #91, Mark Wheler #56 Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers Referees: Paul Devorski #10 3.57 minor penalties per game 11.7 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.7% minors called vs. home) Dave Lewis #46  ROOKIE REF 4.60 minor penalties per game 15.4 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.7% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Scott Driscoll #68,  Jonny Murray #95 New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings Referees: Kyle Rehman #37 3.57 minor penalties per game 11.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.9% minors called vs. home) Tim Peel #20 3.44 minor penalties per game 11.1 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.9% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Greg Devorski #54, Steve Miller #89 Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks Referees:...

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Canucks’ Kassian Facing Suspension for Hit From Behind

Update: Kassian had been suspended for three games.   Canucks right winger Zack Kassian will be hearing from the NHL today. In the first period of Thursday night’s game between Dallas and Vancouver, the Canucks got off to a rough start. Just 12 minutes in, they were already trailing 3-0. For a Vancouver team that was 1-9-1 in their last eleven, that’s frustrating. That’s when things started getting chippy. Brenden Dillon and Antoine Roussel took exception to Alex Burrows, with all three heading off with minor penalties. Less than 14 seconds after Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon left the box, he was crushed by Vancouver’s Zack Kassian. Kassian hit Dillon from behind, driving him into the boards along the player benches. Kassian was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct. Harmless dump-in by Dillon, dumb slam from behind into sideboards by Kassian. Major and game misconduct. #canucks #stars — Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) March 7, 2014 Dillion, while shaken up on the play, did return to the game.  Coach Lindy Ruff was thrilled to see him back on the ice: “I was relieved to get him back.  It was definitely a shot from behind.  Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play.  He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got...

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Linesman Derek Amell Dons Cowboy Hat after Stars Hat Trick

When Tyler Seguin posted his third goal of the night in a 6-1 win over the Canucks, linesman Derek Amell decided to get in on the festivities. The 16-year NHL veteran linesman has worked over 1,000 games.  Last night marked his first cowboy hat. So who exactly throws a cowboy hat on the ice?  That’d be proud Texan Conrad Shindler, tracked down by the Dallas News. Not only did Shindler get to revel in the hat trick celebration (and an ultimate 6-1 victory) as well as see his hat modeled by linesman Derek Amell — he also got his...

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