Day: April 1, 2014

Linesman Takes Out Pens’ Crosby

Sidney Crosby is arguably the best hockey player in the game.  He’s got a great shot, terrific vision, and incredible awareness of what’s happening on the ice.  Okay, that last one, maybe not so much, at least not in Tuesday night’s game. When linesman Jonny Murray (#95) signaled the play onside, Penguins center Sidney Crosby happened to be just a bit too close. He ended up on the receiving end of a ‘washout’ signal. Crosby went down hard.  No offense to Murray’s arm strength, but Sid the Kid looked to take quite a dive on that one.  Maybe he’s...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 4/1/14

New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00EDT Referees: Francois St. Laurent #38 4.2 minor penalties per game 12.7 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (4.1% more penalties called on road team) Steve Kozari #40 4.3 minor penalties per game 12.5 total PIM per game Favors home team (13.3% more penalties called on road team) Linesmen: Derek Amell #75, David Brisebois #96   Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs – 7:00EDT Referees: Kevin Pollock #33 3.2 minor penalties per game 10.3 total PIM per game Favors home team (8.8% more penalties called on road team) Dean Morton #36...

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Ref Attacked, Mounties Called to Break Up Hockey Brawl

When a fight breaks out in a hockey game, the combatants usually separate and go to their respective penalty boxes (or locker rooms). Sometimes, the referees need reinforcements — especially when the men in stripes are under attack. Parents were already fighting in the stands when a 14-year-old player assaulted one of the officials during the Interlake League championship game between the Stonewall Blues and the Lake Manitoba First Nation. The referees called a stop to the game with 11 minutes to play in the third after a violent outbreak on ice.    Things began to escalate after Stonewall took...

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