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Strange Call

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The NHL is very good at disciplining and suspending its players.

Someday, it would be nice to see them apply some performance standards to their on-ice officials outside of firing the ones they don’t like at the end of the season.

Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings and Ducks went at it in an humdinger of a hockey game, won 3-2 by Anaheim. The crime, however, was that the Wings clearly scored in the final minute of play on a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point that beat J.S. Giguere but had it incorrectly waved off by veteran official Dan O’Halloran.

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You can see a video of the non-goal at A2Y.

Update 1:20pm: More on the refs from Michael Farber in Sports Illustrated today.

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Linesman Suffers Broken Nose & Twenty Stitches

added 6:56pm, As a KK member pointed out in the comments, Hockeyfights.com is reporting this,

The collison gave linesman Pat Dapuzzo a bad facial laceration and broken jaw after Downie’s skate inadverently struck Dapuzzo in the face. CSN Philadelphia reports Dapuzzo needed approximately 60 stitches to close the cut.

As is the case when this type of news just breaks, it is hard to get the complete injury report.  I am sure we shall soon see an official word on the injury suffered by Dapuzzo, and whatever it is, it sure wasn’t pretty to watch.

from the AP via NHL.com,

It was a typically feisty meeting between these rivals as several fights broke out. Six players dropped their gloves at one point in a very physical second period.

Linesman Pat Dapuzzo left the game after he was hit in the face by Steve Downie’s skate following a hard check by Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin against the boards.

While Dapuzzo was helped off the ice, leaving behind a trail of blood, a brawl ensued. Downie exchanged blows with Tyutin; Riley Cote and Colton Orr traded shots, and Jim Dowd and Ryan Hollweg went at it.

thanks to a KK reader for the update on Dapuzzo regarding the broken nose and twenty stitches, that according to the Rangers broadcast.

picture via Reuters

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Two Minutes For Interference On McCreary

Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.

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NHL Ref, HHOF Member John Ashley Passes

via the CP,

KITCHENER, Ont. -Being an NHL referee can be trying at times. But Cambridge native John Ashley never let the crowd get to him.
“My dad’s commentary was, `if they’re watching me, they’re missing one helluva good game,”’ Ashley’s daughter, Kristine Bailey, recalled. “I think I heard him say that hundreds of times.
“Most people don’t like officials. You either love them or hate them. He used to just laugh it off and say it’s apart of the game.”

Ashley, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and called more than 650 NHL games, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener. He was 77.

Mr. Ashley’s Biography at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Clutch & Grab Back

from Morris Dallas Costa of the London Free Press,

There has been growing discussion—and growing unease—in recent weeks about this lack of scoring. There’s no need to wear out one’s jowls discussing why it’s happening.

The reason is as plain as the hooking, holding, interference and obstruction that’s taking place on the ice.

Yes, ugly hockey is working its way back into the system.

What was almost eliminated with the establishment of new rules and new levels of enforcement after the lockout, is slowly reappearing.

read on

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Coaches Making Adjustments

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL is defensive about its enforcement of the rule book.

Yesterday, NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the league is constantly on guard against letting the rule fall by the wayside.

“I haven’t seen that slip, but maybe it’s something we need to take a look at,” he said. “I’ll tell you this: It has always been a difficult question.

“How much time do you have to play the man before it’s interference? How much space do you have? … I think our guys do a pretty good job of calling the penalty right.”

Part of the issue, Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, is that coaches have spent the past two seasons making adjustments.

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Penalty Or Not

from the Ottawa Citizen,

No one wants to return to the pre-lockout days, when players water-skied off opponents, particularly grievous in the neutral zone. Still, must the NHL call the love taps on shin pads?

In some games, officials do.

On Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner last Saturday, Don Cherry showed a set of highlights to illustrate the dubious nature of many slashing and hooking calls. On any given night in the NHL, a player brushing his stick against another player’s shin pads or pants can result in a penalty.

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An Insider’s Look

Evan Grossman of NHL.com is live blogging from the NHL “War Room” in Toronto.  Let’s see what he is up too…

Just had our first goal review. Nashville’s David Legwand got credit for the Preds’ first goal of the game, a ruling that came from the same desk I’m sitting at. Caught it all on video, which was pretty amazing. On the TV in front of me, the referee waited at center ice, like we’ve seen a thousand times. The phone here rings. Murphy speaks with the officials at the arena, saying the goal was a good one. The voice on the other end of the phone concurs. It counts. And the Preds lead, 1-0.

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Goal Judges Get a New Perch

From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,

Amusement park rides aren’t nearly as scary as the upper reaches of Pengrowth Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, which is why news that the team’s goal judges would be stationed in the thin air of the catwalk sounded like a bad joke.

So, Pluto was unavailable? Maybe they’re planning on playing U2’s “Vertigo” when a goal is scored. And just an idle thought, will these goal judges be given high-powered binoculars along with their official blazers at Thursday’s home opener?  “It almost sounds laughable,” agreed Flames public relations assistant Sean Kelso.

Not now.

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No Namby-Pamby Refs In The NHL

from the Telegraph,

Though there are penalties in ice hockey, for high-sticking, for holding and holding the stick, there are no penalties for body checking your opponents at full speed, into a wall. Indeed, that kind of behaviour is rapturously applauded by knowledgeable fans. Such fans will need no explanation of the finer points of the game. Which is just as well. This is a sport of speed, power and violence, played without the inconveniences of offside or touchlines or namby-pamby referees. Indeed, ice hockey referees may well be the least namby-pamby officials in the sports world, since four of them must not only share the ice with two teams of aggressive hulks, but sort out the game’s near obligatory brawl.

There was one of those last night, and highly entertaining it was too. The fight ended as an honourable draw, with one player from each side sitting out a five-minute penalty.

read on about the 2 games in London…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, london, los+angeles+kings, referees

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