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Linesman Dan Schachte Participated In His Last Game Tonight

Players from the Capitals and Blackhawks congratulate Schachte after the game tonight.

A little bio on Schachte, via NHL Officials,

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Video- Stephane Auger Gets Whacked With Stick Blade

Looks like the bottom of Andrew MacDonald’s blade caught Auger in the mouth area or right above it.

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The Game Is Always Changing

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Now that every NHL official carries a laptop wherever he goes during the season, he is subject to directives on what to do and what calls to emphasize, depending upon whatever whim happens to hit them at head office — whether it comes from the director of officiating, or from Colin Campbell or whomever wishes to send a missive. That often means as soon as the slightest mini-trend arises, the powers-that-be can reverse the perceived ill by sending out a memo to crack down on a particular trend they find alarming.

This may sound like a good thing but when it comes to planning a team, it makes life pretty difficult. When the league went to calling all the hooking, holding and interference anywhere on the ice, the Vancouver Canucks and some other teams committed to a speed team with a high skill level, with grit being one of the lesser considerations. This was going to be a new skill era. That was fine for about a year and a half — and that team got all the way to the Stanley Cup final — at which point the rules changed to suit the Boston Bruins, who just happened to be owned by . . . let’s not go there. We saw what happened.

The Canucks lost for lots of other reasons as well, so this isn’t to hometown whine, but certainly the interpretation of the rules in the final did not help the speed team, but rather the more physical Bruins.

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Video- NHL Linesman McElman Takes A Puck To The Face

Andy McElman suffered facial injuries according NHL Tonight and will have a CT scan plus a visit from a facial surgeon.

Let’s hope for a full and speedy recovery.

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More Proof Clutching & Grabbing Is Back

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

It’s also becoming more common - seven seasons after the post-lockout crackdown on clutching and grabbing, defencemen can usually get away with rubbing out a forward when a puck is dumped in or chipped past them.

As someone who stands to benefit from this leniency, Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik makes an unlikely whistleblower.

But blow the whistle he has.

“(The NHL) didn’t tell us they were going to go easy on us (defencemen),” he told the Tribune-Review a few days ago. “But it’s pretty obvious that it has changed.”...

The tinfoil-hat types may see this as part of the grubby jostling that will characterize the CBA negotiations. It almost certainly isn’t, but just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean no one’s out to get you.

It’s beyond dispute that one traditional form of generating offence - the power-play - is on the wane.

The NHL has gotten worse with the man-advantage, the 30 teams collectively score just over 17 per cent of the time.

And the fact is, there are fewer and fewer power-plays being awarded in the NHL these days.


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How To Improve Bad Officiating

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is a reputation league, and refs also sometimes make flash judgments influenced by a player’s rep.

Best example: Dan O’Rourke calling Erik Karlsson a diver in a conversation with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean - nice work Rourkie.

At least MacLean has big brass ones and smashed the usual omerta by going public and ratting him out.

So in addition to having competence issues with certain refs - ie. Tim Peel, Stephane Auger and, most egregiously, Chris Lee - the NHL is dealing with complicated psychology.

There are no easy fixes to this, but there are a couple of things the NHL could do.


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Is Obstruction Back In Play?

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Welcome to the new NHL, which is beginning to resemble the old NHL.

Scoring is down, and obstruction again is becoming a common element of play. Referees, many Penguins said, are allowing the clutching and grabbing that became ingrained in the game a decade ago to resurface.

The Penguins are particularly unsettled by this because special teams have marked a significant part of their success this season. Lately, special teams play has been rare.

“I don’t necessarily think the play has gotten cleaner,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “(But) there are few power-play opportunities out there for every team.”

The Penguins averaged more than four power-play opportunities per game through the end of December. Since Jan. 1, they are averaging 2.76 power-play chances.


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Video- Referee Sutherland Takes A Puck To The Face

Referee Kelly Sutherland took a deflected shot to the face tonight.

No blood but very woozy as he left the ice, no update on his status at this time.

Sutherland was involved in another accident about 11 months ago, watch below…

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Terry Gregson Defends His Refs

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen at Canada.com,

The history between (Paul) MacLean and (Dan) O’Rourke goes back to Jan. 21, when the Senators lost 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Immediately after that game, MacLean said O’Rourke told him that defenceman Erik Karlsson was “a diver,” which was the reason he didn’t call a penalty when Karlsson was knocked to the ice by Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf in the final minute of the game.

Since then, the Senators have been on the wrong end of the referee’s whistle.

In a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles on Jan. 23, when O’Rourke and Tim Peel were the referees, a penalty shot was awarded even though replays showed that a penalty wasn’t warranted. Against Phoenix on Jan. 24, with Peel and Dan O’Halloran serving as referees, an apparent third-period tying goal by Daniel Alfredsson was wiped out by a questionable goaltending interference call. Then came Tuesday’s game against Boston.

Terry Gregson, the NHL’s director of officiating, defended his official on Wednesday.

“You do not work the Stanley Cup finals in this league, as Dan did last year, without being a top-notch official working from an impartial perspective,” Gregson said in an email. “An official must enter each game with the mindset of being prepared, but not prejudging what will occur.”


Kerry Fraser of TSN chimes in on this topic too…


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Video- Watch Out For Falling Glass

Ref gets taken out by a pane of glass.

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