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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
There was plenty of good reason for whining and moaning at Bell Centre Thursday night, and not by Sidney Crosby.
The Habs were screwed over big-time by the refs in the first period of what would become a stunning 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Up 1-0 on the softest goal given up by a netminder in these playoffs, Montreal held the lead for all of 53 seconds — until Ruslan Fedotenko’s tackle of P.K. Subban at the Penguins’ blue line allowed Max Talbot to make good on a breakaway.
“I knew Fedotenko would make a contribution at some point this spring,” mused one Pittsburgh writer.
A half-minute later, Hal Gill was sent off for holding, and with the Penguins on the power play, Crosby tripped Roman Hamrlik in the Habs’ zone.
from Dan Pollard of NHL Network at NHL.com,
Scotty Bowman used to practice line changes when he was coaching in Montreal. He considered it another part of his flow drills and just another game situation that should be worked on.
It may soon become part of the regular drill set for all NHL practices. As of Tuesday there were 25 “too many men on the ice” penalties in the playoffs and counting. At least that’s by my count. That’s a lot of brain cramps. Six were rung up in the first period of play, 10 in the second period, and seven in the third.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a media availability before Game 2 of the Canucks-Blackhawks series Monday night, although there was no formal announcement on his part. It was a just a chance for local media to have a crack at him, just like it was two weeks ago in Los Angeles.
Three items that caught our attention:
The officials: Bettman was also asked about the officiating in the playoffs—a sensitive topic judging from ESPN.com message boards—and whether the games are being called differently in the postseason.
“It’s not the case,” Bettman said. “They haven’t been given a different set of instructions. The game is played a little differently, and the officials have to react to that. And there are adjustments that go on in the course of a series that you don’t see over the course of the regular season, two teams will play and play different teams the next night.
“The games now are probably a little more intense. ... But no, they’re told to call it just the way they did [in the regular season]....
Bill McCreary and Paul Devorski, two of the NHL’s most senior referees, are among the 12 men picked to look over the on-ice action for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
McCreary, who refereed his first playoff game in 1987, is closing on 300 games of postseason experience, on top of the 1,599 regular-season games.
Devorski, who has been in charge of 1,188 regular-season games, has 166 games of playoff experience under his skates.
continue reading for all the refs and linesmen…
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
When NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson talks to the 20 referees and 20 linesmen assigned to the first round of the playoffs, he frames each series as “a 21-plus-period hockey game” rather than what could potentially be seven individual games. The distinction is more than mathematical.
“The idea is to stay consistent during the entire series even as referees switch each game,” Gregson said. “We want coaches and players know what to expect from period to period.”...
Gregson has assigned “series managers” to each playoff matchup: Kevin Collins for Montreal-Washington, Don Koharski with Philadelphia-New Jersey, E.J. McGuire following Boston-Buffalo, Bob Hall on Ottawa-Pittsburgh, Kay Whitmore for Colorado-San Jose, Mick McGeough with Nashville-Chicago, Kris King following Los Angeles-Vancouver and Rob Shick on Detroit-Phoenix.
“I have a team of 40 officials, but they don’t all gather in one locker room,” said Gregson. “So I have eight coaches working with each group of four at the games.”
from NHL Officials,
The Officials selected for this year’s first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are as follows:
Paul Devorski, Eirc Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Dennis Larue, Chris Lee, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Bill McCreary, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh and Brad Watson.
read on for the linesmen…
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Before the season started, Fraser was given his choice of two games and he selected the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day in Boston between the Bruins and Flyers. His next choice was the season-ender in Philadelphia. Fraser, who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, is a Philadelphia-area resident.
He also had his choice of officiating partners and selected referee Kelly Sutherland and linesmen Don Henderson and Darren Gibbs. All four wore Fraser’s No. 2 in tribute to the NHL’s senior referee.
“Who woulda thunk it,” Fraser said after the game at a party held in his honor in the Wachovia Center. “It’s 20 minutes from my house and we could assemble everybody and party and be close to home and close to family. Never did I think for a second it would be for the final playoff spot between the two teams. To have it decided by a shootout, you can’t script that in Hollywood.”
from Sean of Down Goes Brown,
I invite you to join me in celebrating a successful career with this list of Good Things About Kerry Fraser.
• Was an independent spirit, and not some weak-kneed conformist who made all his difficult decisions based on what’s written down in some sort of “rule book”.
• Taught you at an early age that life is unfair, justice is a myth, and that we live in a cold and uncaring universe that will feed you small morsels of hope only to crush and mock you—all of which most people don’t get to find out until they’re much older.
• s often unfairly referred to as “evil”, which theologians will tell you is not only inaccurate but actually impossible as it implies the presence of a soul.
TORONTO (April 6, 2010) – Four men in black, and white will officiate their final NHL regular-season games in April. Veteran referees Kerry Fraser and Dan Marouelli and linesmen Mark Paré and Lyle Seitz will retire from active duty after the conclusion of the 2009-10 season, the National Hockey League announced today.
“We thank Kerry, Dan, Mark and Lyle for their many years of professionalism and dedication,” said Terry Gregson, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating. “We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and honor the contributions each made to our League”.
My mother calls me one day and is upset because Matt has supposedly taken off from the Sault with a midway that had been playing for a week or so. She says she wants me to track him down and bring him back to the Sault, so I pick up the trail and I track him down. I can’t remember which town in Northern Ontario I found him in, but he was living a dream of joining a circus and was working putting up the rides and such.”
-Red Wing great Marty Pavelich on his brother and retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich. A great read on Matt from Tom Keenan of the Sault Star.
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