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Get It Right

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

It was an embarrassing moment for the NHL and one every coach hopes to never experience.

On Sunday, the league’s situation room made a significant error after Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged a Carolina Hurricanes goal that he believed should not have counted because of a missed offside call.

The situation room ruled that the play was not offside, counted the goal and assessed the Blue Jackets a two-minute delay of game penalty with 1:15 left in the second period.

The Blue Jackets killed off the 1:15 and when they came back onto the ice for the third period, the rest of the penalty had been taken off the board as the NHL acknowledged its own error — the goal should actually not have counted because the play was offside and therefore, there should have been no penalty.

It was very little consolation to the Blue Jackets, as the goal was still left on the board and they wound up losing by one, 6-5.

“Well,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Monday when asked about the botched video review. “You know what? You always have good intentions, right? And that coach’s challenge has just done way, way more good in getting it right than, than that. So they had a mistake and they fixed it, I guess, as best they could. And it will bring scrutiny, right? And then it will force, maybe a better word, it will encourage, a review of the program and that’s how things get better, right?”


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Wrong Call Made But A Bit Late For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Sportsnet,

Patrik Laine didn't shy away from expressing his displeasure after Sunday's loss against the Carolina Hurricanes -- and it had nothing to do with his new city, his teammates or the dynamic with head coach John Tortorella.

His ire stemmed from a refereeing error. Prior to a Vincent Trocheck goal at 18:45 of the second period, which gave Carolina a 4-3 lead, Columbus requested a coach's challenge for an off-side call. The NHL said after the game the challenge should have resulted in Carolina's goal being disallowed.

Instead, during the play review, a miscommunication between the replay booth, the linesmen and the NHL's Situation Room took place, leading to play resuming before all replays were reviewed to confirm the off-side. The goal stood and Columbus was assessed a delay of game penalty. During the second intermission, it was confirmed that the play was indeed off-side and the remaining 45 seconds of the penalty were rescinded -- but the goal was never revoked.

"I think that's the biggest joke I've ever seen," Laine told reporters after the game. "Especially this kind of game, two good teams playing good hockey in a tight game that should have been 3-3 and not 4-3, it's a tough one. But we all make mistakes and you just have to learn from them and move on."

continued with video of John Tortorella post-game, the Canes won 6-5...

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Let Them Play, Call The Rule Book Or Somewhere In The Middle?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Which side of the thin line your sympathies lie depends on a list of factors as long as Zdeno Chara’s stick.

The score on the board.

The importance of the game.

The amount of time left on the clock.

Whether you view the NHL rulebook as gospel or guideline.

The star power and grudge history of the specific players involved.

The number and types of penalties previously called against each side up until that point.

And, more often than not, the laundry you cheer for.

Take another look at the stiff cross-checks NHL superstar Auston Matthews absorbed from Montreal Canadiens defenders Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot in the final moments of regulation during Wednesday’s season opener while trying to gain a scoring stance at the net-front during a tied-up tilt:...

“Great to see NHL hockey back last night. Such amazing athletes & so much speed & skill in the game now,” tweeted Jeff Jackson, an Orr Hockey Group agent who help negotiate monster contracts for Canadian franchise faces Connor McDavid and Matthews.

“But watching the abuse that star players take is hard to watch. Felt like the 80’s with the cross checks in the back & the hacking & slashing. NFL protects QB’s? Why don’t we?”

read on

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The Caul, A New Whistle For The NHL

from Scouting The Refs,

NHL referees and linesmen will be taking the ice for 2020-21 with a new ‘official’ whistle.

The National Hockey League has adopted the Fox40 pealess whistle, named “The Caul” after former NHL Director of Officiating John McCauley.

“It is a pretty neat and humbling experience that not only myself but my all fellow officials are using whistles named after my father,” said referee Wes McCauley. “The whistle sounded great and I’m looking forward to using The Caul in all our future games.”

The Caul is a pealess whistle, with a slightly lower tone than traditional whistles. Fox40 worked to tune the whistle’s two unique chambers to better emulate the sound of a pea-style whistle.


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Video- The New Offside Rule Explained

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Scheduling The Officials

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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Neil Armstrong

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2020) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Neil Armstrong:

"Throughout his 21-year career as an NHL linesman, Neil Armstrong’s numbers spoke for themselves — as one of only eight linesmen working in the League during the first half of his career, he totaled almost 2,000 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games and a remarkable 18 consecutive years in the  Stanley Cup Final from 1960 through 1977.  However, when one reflects on Neil's incredible impact on the game and the attributes that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was the universal respect that General Managers, Coaches, Players and his peers had for him that stood out the most.  He brought integrity, passion and dedication to our game and his influence inspired new generations of officials long after he worked his last game in 1978. We send our deepest condolences to his son Doug and the entire Armstrong family.”

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Video- Refs Mic’d During The Playoffs

Six plus minutes of ref chatter.

via NHL.com,

The best mic'd up moments from referees throughout the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Video- Refs Mic’d Up Games 1-3 SCF

Almost 180 seconds long.


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Video- Refs Mic’d Up During The Conference Finals

Just over 2 minutes long.


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