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Linesman Brad Kovachik left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday in the second period with a sprained knee after a collision along the boards.
The NHL said he will be out indefinitely.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos checked New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who hit Kovachik with 7:41 left in the period.
Kovachik, who was helped off the ice, was replaced by Greg Devorski. The game was delayed about five minutes.
from Scouting The Refs,
Eric Furlatt, Steve Kozari, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, and Brad Watson. Standby referee is Gord Dwyer.
Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brian Murphy, and Pierre Racicot. Standby linesman is Steve Miller.
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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The team of officials selected to work this series-ending tilt have also been preparing for the opening puck drop since as early as Tuesday when they got on a plane, train or automobile to arrive in the City. Each official is required to arrive prior to the 9pm et curfew but more likely came in advance of that to join their colleagues for an early dinner. Casual conversation would take place over the magnitude of the game, events from Game 6 that would have been watched by the entire crew from their respective home locations, or even perhaps a perspective gained in a backup role. The officials have a great deal at stake as well. They must be at their very best and desire to be a "non-factor" in the outcome of the game; hopefully to leave it in the players' hands.
They know that there will be a great deal of emotion and energy on the ice from both teams. While they will certainly feel the pressure, it is important for the guys in stripes not to get drawn into the emotional battles that will likely take place. The referees and linesmen need to maintain an emotional state of neutrality, but also be prepared to bring an elevated energy level and impose themselves as the game dictates. The Series Supervisor will have conducted a meeting with the crew at Noon today and highlighted areas of emphasis for the officials to be aware of. That information would surely include protection of the goalkeepers, making sure that each call will withstand the test of a replay and not to be fooled through embellishment. Last but not least, make sure any puck shot over the glass wasn't deflected before imposing a penalty.
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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There is no reason that another NHL playoff game should end with a goal scored following a missed offside call the way that Game 1 of the Tampa Bay-Montreal series did on Friday night.
Literally, there is no reason. Commissioner Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors must have the authority within its panoply of overreaching powers to institute immediate video review for, a) either every goal scored in the playoffs, or, b) if starting slowly is the idea, every overtime goal from now until the Stanley Cup is hoisted in June.
Yes, Plan B.
It always is interesting to note what embarrasses the league. When the powers-that-were-and-still-are didn’t care for Sean Avery’s antics in front of Martin Brodeur in Game 3 of the Rangers-Devils first round in 2008, the NHL invented a rule pretty much overnight to address the matter.
But a tainted overtime goal? Not so much.
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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
... But full marks to the DoPS, a group that too often falls short on the common sense scale. Then again, Kronwall's actions didn't leave them much wiggle room. By any definition this was a dangerous foul, a hit that involved leaping prior to the collision and the victim's head as the primary point of contact.
In fact, the infraction was so obvious that it leaves only one question: how did the on-ice officials miss it?
Given what was involved this was impossible to defend as a legitimate hockey play. And yet neither Dave Jackson and Steve Kozari, who can be seen in various replays to be looking directly at the two players at the moment of contact, thought it crossed the line. No penalty was called.
It's not like their whistles were stashed away. The pair called a total of 17 infractions on the night. All were minors, and not all of them blatant. In fact, many appeared to be of the “game management” variety. You know the type—send a couple guys to the box specifically to prevent a heated situation from escalating.
Those aren't bad calls. Some of them are ticky-tack, sure, but they suggest the officials are in control.
So given that apparent level of vigilance, how do they miss the single most blatant and dangerous violation of the rules on their watch?
But hey, at least they were consistent. They also overlooked a clear charge by Ondrej Palat that culminated in an elbow to the head of a vulnerable Luke Glendening behind the Detroit net.
Letting the boys play is one thing. Letting them play recklessly is something else entirely. The standard they set is one that could get someone seriously injured. If the league has any real interest in player safety, neither Jackson nor Kozari should be allowed to call another game in these playoffs.
added 8:25am, Below is the hitg on Glendening Muir is referring to...
NHL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OFFICIALS
The NHL announced the officials for the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Call Paul Devorski’s cellphone, and the last of the old guard’s ringtone is ... Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin.”
“I’ve got a 9-year-old. Guess who put that on my phone,” Devorski said, with a big laugh, moments after arriving in San Jose on Tuesday to work his second-to-last NHL game the next night. “Elle loves it.”
Sunday afternoon in Philly will be the end of an era.
When you think of Devorski, you think of Bill McCreary and Don Koharski, Kerry Fraser and Don Van Massenhoven, Mick McGeough and Rob Shick, Terry Gregson and Dan Marouelli.
Old-school, helmetless, visorless refs, guys who used to work solo with two linesmen and nameplates on the back of their striped jerseys.
All those personalities have retired, and Sunday, when the Penguins meet the Flyers, the orange-banded “Devo” will officiate his 1,791st and final NHL game with a hand-picked crew that includes his 45-year-old brother and linesman, Greg.
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via Dave Hodge of TSN,
Thumbs down to the ongoing confusion about what constitutes a "good goal" that is propelled into the net by a skate.
The first goal in yesterday's 4-2 win by the Boston Bruins over the New York Rangers was a deliberate attempt by Boston's Milan Lucic to score a goal that way. He slid his right skate to make contact with the puck, thus, changing its direction, and sending it into the net. "No goal" was the call on the ice. Video review changed the call and the Bruins were ahead 1-0.
The ref's opinion was easily supported, but so was the decision to award the goal. If that sounds crazy, it fully explains the problem the NHL has dealt with for what seems forever. And there is only one solution, which is to allow all goals scored directly from skates.
You hear it said that players, especially goalies, would be in danger if kicking at pucks became legal, but kicking at pucks is legal. You just can't kick them into the net. It doesn't mean players don't use their skates to try to control pucks, to free them from scrums. What players don't do is kick wildly with their skates, near the crease or anywhere else on the ice. They wouldn't start doing that if a rule said they could score goals with their skates in any fashion. As it is, they try to score goals with their skates and hope they get the benefit of the rule that nobody really understands.
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