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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Sometimes, the video is hard to decipher. And sometimes, it shows an official blowing a call in hard-to-believe fashion in full high definition.
Such was the case Saturday night in TD Garden, as Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot gifted by referee Brad Watson with 2:28 left in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
After intercepting a Rasmus Ristolainen pass just outside the Buffalo blue line, Marchand tried to break into the Sabres’ zone. Ristolainen closed from Marchand’s left rear and the Boston center quickly lifted the Buffalo defenseman’s stick out of his hands into the air as the puck slid ahead of the pair. Ristolainen tried to put his right arm on Marchand and appeared to miss him before landing a two-hand shove to the back as goaltender Robin Lehner poke-checked the puck away.
Watson’s arm went up to signal a penalty and the Sabres were stunned to see him point to center ice. Marchand scored on the backhand and Lehner was among several Sabres barking at the officials after the goal ended the game. The goaltender even chucked his helmet to the ice in disgust.
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added 11:54am, also added the Buffalo TV video below...
Team to watch over the next month: The Winnipeg Jets. They have to sign or trade Dustin Byfuglien and captain Andrew Ladd and will probably end up moving defenceman Jacob Trouba, who wants more money than they’re willing to pay.
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read a few more hockey related notes.
I imagine the Trouba talk will get the attention of a few teams and many fans. But I can't see the Jets not signing him.
Trouba will be a RFA on July 1st and GeneralFanager has all salary related information on Trouba.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Winnipeg was up 3-1 after Stafford scored on a wrist shot through traffic at 10:37 of the second. Roy lodged a coach's challenge, arguing that Ladd had interviewed with Varlamov. After the post-video ruling that there wasn't goaltender interference and the goal stood, Roy was livid and drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct minor.
"They (said) Varly bumped into their player," Roy said. "I guess we didn't agree on that part. It was a tough call for sure. From my point of view, it's clear that (Ladd) made a step backward, or at least sideways, and that was just enough to prevent Varly from making the save."
more on the Avs 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Roy incident starts at the :40 second mark of this highlight package video...
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via Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo left the ice with 7:20 to go in the third after being hit hard into the boards by Charlie Coyle and appearing to hurt his right knee. He was down on the ice for a while before limping down the hallway to the dressing room. Associate head coach Brad Shaw, filling in for coach Ken Hitchcock in the interview room, said after the game that Pietrangelo was “a little sore. We’ll see how he feels (Sunday).”
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Charlie Coyle clanked knees with solid Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in the third period and he was hurt. He left the game in discomfort and limped down the runway. I’m told he has an MRI in the morning, so that won’t be good for the Blues if that’s serious. But this is a team that has overcome injury adversity all season long and has found a way to get points.
The Department of Player Safety, like all incidents like this, will review the play to see if Coyle warrants discipline. As you know, he’s far from a dirty player, and although I saw the replay quickly because I was frantically writing, it did look like Pietrangelo tried to jump out of the way. That sometimes affects the way the league looks at these things.
more on the Wild 4-1 loss to the Blues...
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Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including the 2017 outdoor games, Wideman’s appeal hearing, innovations in goalie equipment and much more.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed numerous topics including the "dummy defensemen" of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
What did the Flames know and when did they know it?
That will become the critical issue in the aftermath of the Dennis Wideman incident that could become the NHL’s Concussiongate once all appeals are exhausted and the final verdict is handed down on the Calgary defenseman, currently serving a 20-game suspension under Rule 40.2 for having violently crosschecked (my words) linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27.
The rule that stipulates “intent to injure” was applied even though the league acknowledged Wideman had suffered a brain injury as the result of taking a hard check into the glass/dasher seconds before running into — or running — Henderson.
The later diagnosed concussion will figure prominently in the NHLPA’s appeal to league commissioner Gary Bettman. While it is unfathomable that the commissioner will reduce the sentence and incur the wrath of the officials working the ice — Yellow Sunday, anyone? — an all but inevitable ensuing appeal to an independent arbitrator could well yield a different result.
Because the sub-question to the one posed above is, can a player in the immediate aftermath of suffering a brain injury form the intent to do anything, much less injure an official? Believe me, that’s posed as a question; I am not playing the role of a physician in this space.
Montreal fans know a good play when they see one.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
During Claude Julien’s time, the coach has never faced the possibility of a late-winter sprint with a diminished roster. The Bruins have always been active about addressing their would-be free agents before the trade deadline forced them into action.
There is no doubt that trading Eriksson will make the Bruins weaker. This is not the direction teams with playoffs dreams prefer to trend.
Eriksson is the one right wing who has earned Julien’s trust. The Bruins would have to find not just a second-line replacement, but another penalty killer and a net-front/goal-line presence on the No. 1 power-play unit. The latter will be especially difficult to find. No left-shot forward on the roster has Eriksson’s man-up skill set.
Under normal circumstances, Sweeney could command a first-round pick and prospect for Eriksson. Futures, however, do not serve Julien, not when he’s had Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Boychuk moved from his toolbox within the last 16 months without varsity returns.
Even if the Bruins packaged one of their two 2016 first-rounders with Eriksson, the return would not net their preferred asset: a young top-four defenseman such as Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin (currently out 3-6 weeks with a broken foot), or Sami Vatanen.
One outcome could be sending Eriksson out for a defenseman with term left on his contract, especially to a team looking to clear salary.
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