Day: March 10, 2014

No Suspension for Haula’s Hit on Lehtonen

It looks like there will be no supplementary discipline for Minnesota’s Erik Haula after a scary collision with Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen that has the goaltender out indefinitely. In the third period of Saturday night’s tilt with the Wild leading 3-2, Minnesota forward Erik Haula went crashing into the Dallas net, taking out goalie Kari Lehtonen. The collision sent Lehtonen’s helmet flying.  It appeared that Haula was tripped on the play by Stars defenseman Cody Eakin. Haula was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.   The Stars scored on the ensuing power play and went on to win the game 4-3. Erik Haula goes hard into Kari Lehtonen and gets a charging major. Lehtonen is bleeding and getting treated. — Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 9, 2014 Lehtonen down in the crease after Erik Haula runs him over in the crease. He's cut and heading down the tunnel. Tim Thomas in net. — Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 9, 2014 Lehtonen is sidelined indefintely.  “It’s a concussion,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. “When he starts feeling well, he’ll start exercising again.” The Stars’ goaltender lost his helmet on the play and suffered cuts to the face and to the back of his head, which hit the crossbar. Scary scene has Kari Lehtonen went down hard when Erik Haula took it to the net. Look where Lehtonen's helmet...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/10/14

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Referees: Wes McCauley #4 3.24 minor penalties per game 9.8 total PIM per game Favors home team (47.9% 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, Greg Devorski #54 Both teams have a strong power play (Pittsburgh #1 25.5%, Washington #2 23.2%). The Penguins are much better on the penalty kill (#1, 87.2%) than the 23rd-ranked Caps (80.3%). Worse is that Washington is 28th in penalties (12.8min/gm), compared to Pittsburgh’s 10.7 (16th). That...

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Panthers Make Worst Line Change Ever

The Florida Panthers were guilty of what was quite possibly the worst hockey line change every attempted at any level.   Heck, they practically changed two lines at once. Count’em!  That’s eleven guys on the ice! After Florida was penalized for the illegal man advantage, Boston went on to score on the resulting legal man advantage, tying the game. The Bruins went on to win the game 5-2. The Bruins have won eight straight against the Panthers and 16 of their last 19 against Florida.  Even if the Panthers played the rest of the game with 11 guys on...

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Kings’ Nolan Faces Hearing for Sucker Punch

Jordan Nolan, you can’t do that. Late in the second period of Sunday’s game between the Kings and Oilers, there was a scrum in front of the Los Angeles net. Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu took a shot at Kings defensemen Drew Doughty as both teams converged on goaltender Jonathan Quick. With linesmen Brian Mach and Mark Wheler breaking up the scrum, Kings forward Jordan Nolan fired two gloved punches at Joensuu.  He may have been motivated by Joensuu’s earlier actions.   Watch the Edmonton winger, down on the ice, reach up and appear to grab Nolan’s stick-and-pucks at the 14-second mark: Nolan was hit with two roughing minors on the play.  Joensuu was called for the initial cross-check on Doughty. #kings Jordan Nolan will have a hearing at 12:15 today after a punch on #oilers Jesse Joensuu. #nhl — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) March 10, 2014 I’m glad I’m getting out of Canada this morning before the Jordan Nolan-Jesse Joensuu crotch-grab becomes an international incident. — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) March 10, 2014 Referees for the game were Dennis LaRue and Ian Walsh. The outcome of the hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is...

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