Day: April 16, 2016

No Refereeing is Bad Refereeing

From the New Yorker’s Brett Surowiecki.  Originally published April 16, 2016:   When the New York Islanders take the ice on Wednesday night for the first game of their second-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they can be grateful to their captain, John Tavares, who scored both goals in their series-clinching, double-overtime comeback win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. But the Islanders have someone else to thank, too: the officials at that Panther game. Tavares’s performance that night was exceptional—he tied the game, with fifty-four seconds to go in the third period, and then scored a beautiful wraparound goal in overtime—but he was only in position to become a hero because of what Sporting News termed “the worst non-call of the playoffs.” Just before he scored the game-tying goal, the Panthers had the puck in the Islanders’ defensive zone with the net empty (the Islanders had pulled their goalie in favor of an extra forward). As Florida’s Vincent Trocheck went to shoot, the Islanders’ Matt Martin, diving to knock the puck away, tripped Trocheck, who fell to the ice. Trocheck lost the puck, and the Islanders eventually retrieved it, leading to a rush that culminated in Tavares’s goal. The moment the trip happened, it was obvious to anyone watching that it was an infraction. It was also obvious, to most hockey fans, that there was little...

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Tonight’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Referees & Linesmen – 4/16/16

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – 3:00 EST Referees Steve Kozari (#40) Games 2015-16: 75 Career Games: 688 First NHL Game: Oct 15 2005 Birthplace: Penticton, BC   Kozari NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.2 29 5.3 PP/Gm 3.6 2 3.1 Penl/Gm 4.4 7 4 PIM/Gm 10.6 9 9.7 % of Penl on Home 47% 29 48% More Penl on Road 11% 13 8% Home Win % 59% 9 54% Home Rec. 44-31     Games to OT/SO 13% 40 22% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 33% 38% 28% Rank 15 19 27 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14...

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