Day: September 23, 2014

Flyers Simmonds Ejected in First Preseason Game

NHL referee Garrett Rank has nerves of steel.  Last week, he won the Canadian men’s mid-amateur golf tournament. Last night, he suited up for his first game as an NHL referee. The Flyers and Leafs didn’t make it easy for him. In the third period of Monday night’s game, Leafs defenseman Korbinian Holzer objected to a late hit along the boards by Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds. The Toronto blueliner went right after Simmonds with his gloves in the winger’s face.  Simmonds was the first to drop the mitts, though, and stopped Holzer with a few solid punches. Linesmen Steve...

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Devils’ Tootoo Won’t Have Hearing for Headshot

Just two days into the NHL preseason, we’ve already had our first possible headshot review. During the third period of Monday night’s preseason game between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, winger Jordin Tootoo’s elbow connected with the head of Rangers’ blueliner Mike Kostka.  Tootoo was given a two minute penalty for an illegal check to the head. Kostka took a nasty high elbow from behind from Devils forward Jordin Tootoo as the Rangers D-man was bent over at 7:09 of the third period. Luckily Tootoo only caught Kostka’s shoulder, but it still was enough to drop him hard...

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