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No Difference

from the Ottawa Sun,

(Ron) Wilson disagrees with Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray that the game is played differently in the West and the officials allow more to go. “I would wonder how (referee) Wes McCauley could call a game different with a Western Conference team than if he was refereeing games in the East?” asked Wilson. “Those guys are distributed evenly throughout the league, so how can you have a guy saying, ‘Oh, I’m in the Western time zone, so I call games differently.’...

read on and some Brian Campbell talk too…

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Let’s Go To The Tape - Nope

from TSN,

While the league can’t be happy with its officials blowing calls, the opinion is mixed to whether the replay rules should be expanded.

“If you wanted a perfect game where everything was perfect - the officiating, offence, defence, goaltending, we’d roll back the tape on every play like we do on every game and we wouldn’t have any goals at all,” Walkom told TSN.

And in a quick poll conducted by TSN with 10 NHL general managers asking if video replay should be considered, all of them gave a flat-out no.

more on some recent games with missed calls…

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Are The Conferences “Officiated” Differently

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”

more from Murray and some Sens talk too…

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He Didn’t Call “Net”

via Sports Network,

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.

Wings lose the game 3-2.  I was at the game and saw the play.  When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.

On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…

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On-Ice Officials Are Tough Too

from the Staten Island Advance,

Too often, injuries to referees and linesmen aren’t even reported. A player limps off the ice and it is deemed significant. Yet when an official is hurt, cheers are heard from the crowd and it might get a line in a story.

NHL officials are, in fact, pretty tough. And there are several of them who do their jobs better than most players perform their own. Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary are three who come to mind.

read on

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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.

continued

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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