Day: January 14, 2015

Wild’s Suter Suspended 2 Games For Elbowing Pens’ Downie

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been suspended two games for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie. No penalty was called on the play, which happened at 4:22 of the second period. Referees for the games were Kevin Pollock and Tim Peel. The duo called just three minor penalties in the game, all in the second period. “I reached for the puck and kind of poked it and then… I hope he’s alright obviously,” Suter said after the game. “That’s not the type of player I am. It was kind of a fluky thing. He kind of just brushed...

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Ref Brad Watson Explains Atlanta’s — Make that Anaheim’s — Goal

The Anaheim Ducks had an interesting sequence in Wednesday night’s game. With the Ducks on the power play, forward Kyle Palmieri scored a goal that went in and out of the net so fast it was undetected. Anaheim maintained possession, with Hampus Lindholm scoring again five seconds later. After a quick review, it was determined that Palmieri’s initial shot was in. While the Ducks didn’t need that second attempt on the goal after all, referee Brad Watson might like one for the explanation: Long live...

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Referee Garrett Rank Works First NHL Game

You never forget your first. NHL referee Garrett Rank will be suiting up for his first National Hockey League game on Thursday, January 15.   Rank will be wearing number 48 as he takes the ice for Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres.  Joining him on the ice will be veteran referee Paul Devorski along with linesmen Brad Kovachik and Brian Murphy. Rank, who signed an NHL contract over the summer, has been working this season in the AHL. The native of Elmira, Ontario, has been officiating for 13 years. He started out as a Level I official at age 14. Rank...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/14/15

Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2014-15: 38 Career Games: 847 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC Kowal NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.2 23 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.1 28 3.3 Penalties/Gm 3.8 34 4.3 PIM/Gm 8.3 38 10.3 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 13 48% More Penl on Road Team 7% 24 8% Home Win % 42% 25 49% Home Record 16-22 Games to OT/SO 24% 23 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 38% 34% 28% Rank 7 34 26 Team Records...

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Q&A with NHL Referee Kelly Sutherland

Referee Kelly Sutherland has had a terrific career. From his beginnings in British Columbia as the son of a referee, Sutherland worked his way up to the NHL, where’s he’s donned the stripes for the past 15 years. He’s been on the ice for both silver and gold, having worked the Cup Finals and the Gold Medal Game at the Winter Olympics.  Most recently, Sutherland was selected to take the ice for the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington, D.C. We caught up with him after a busy week that included the Winter Classic, a penalty-fest in Dallas, and a trip out...

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Wild’s Suter Faces Hearing for Elbow to Pens’ Downie

The Department of Player Safety will be making a long distance call to Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon. It seems they’d like to speak with Wild defenseman Ryan Suter about his blatant elbow on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie. No penalty was called on the play by referees Kevin Pollock and Tim Peel. Only three minors were handed out in the game, all in the second period. Downie left the ice and did not return to the game. Suter claims the elbow was unintentional. Suter said he was reaching for puck and went to put hand back on stick when...

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