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Elliotte Friedman of CBC spoke with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today regarding the missed goal in San Jose last night.
The league views this under the prism of Rule 78.5 -- the world-famous "Intent to Blow." If the referee intends to blow his whistle to stop the play, that supersedes everything.
Here is what Murphy said:
"We have in a week two, three or four plays when the puck goes in the net as the whistle goes. What we look for is how strong a referee's signal is, how committed he is to his call.
"We don't want to undermine the referee... have people watching saying, 'See, see, see, they don't agree,' so before we put him on the headset we're looking to see how strong he is on his call."
The one thing that drives the NHL crazy about these things is people judging it in slow motion. You'd be better off sword-fighting a swarm of gnats, because technology makes that too simple, but Murphy and his co-workers do try to work through this stuff at real speed.
Watch it here if you missed it...
I am sure the Buffalo Sabres are happy to get ouf of San Jose with a shootout win, but they may want to work on their defensivezone coverage...
View a screenshot of the same play below...
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Marty Havlat will make his season debut on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, after recovering from offseason pelvic surgery that has kept him out for the first month of the NHL regular season....
“I think we have to be fair with [Havlat] and give him every opportunity to get his feet going and get involved,” Todd McLellan said. “But, the key is get his feet going. For Marty to be effective in our team environment, he’s going to have to play with some tempo and some speed. He’s going to have to play a north-south game. He knows that, and he can play that way.”...
Does Havlat – whose skills are undeniable, but who has played a decidedly soft and often times ineffective game since signing a massive six-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota in 2009 – have something to prove, now that he’s been cleared to return?
Probably the shortest evening line I have done...
"We want to go after teams, we want to smother teams."
-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. Much more on San Jose from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
Sharks winger Tommy Wingels was forced from a game in Boston after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara with 2:28 to go in the first period. Wingels did not return.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
If McLellan had a problem with the Chara hit, he didn’t express it in his postgame presser, although he said earlier he “didn’t have a good angle, so I can’t comment.”
“You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It’s a hard game, and it’s played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out,” said the head coach. “They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps. If it’s dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it’s hard hockey, than so be it.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit below and because of the far away camera view, I can't really tell what kind of hit it was...
Krejci scored with less than a second to go in regulation to give the San Jose Sharks their first loss in regulation tonight.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
What he doesn’t remember is getting knocked out on a hit from behind by the Blues’ Maxim Lapierre, or getting stretchered off of the ice minutes later. He had to watch the video later to see what everyone else saw in the corner of the Scottrade Center.
“I wanted to see it right away. … I certainly wanted to find out how it happened,” Boyle said on Thursday at TD Garden. “I’ve been in this league for a long time, and a big reason is because I don’t put myself in those types of situations, where I’m susceptible to those kinds of hits. That’s why I wanted to see it. I still have a hard time believing that it actually happened.”
In his first public comments since the incident, Boyle expanded on one of the scarier moments in the history of the Sharks franchise, when he was unconscious for several minutes after the illegal hit.
He used the word “concussion” but later backtracked, saying that none of the doctors have used that term since the injury. Still, Boyle and the Sharks will err on the side of caution in his recovery, even though the defenseman said he would like to return to active duty before the end of the current road trip next Wednesday in Los Angeles.
If Todd Bertuzzi scores, the shootout continues, but Niemi makes a great save to win the game 1-0.
Hockey is a fast game and things happen quickly. Fans as well as the NHL have a tendency to react solely to the outcome of the hit. I find it interesting the referees on the ice had no intention of calling a penalty on the play and didn't raise an arm until after realizing Boyle was seriously injured.
This incident was more about bad luck than a bad play.
-Andy Strickland of FoxSports Midwest on the Maxim Lapierre hit on Dan Boyle. More on the hit and other hits in the game too...
Watch the "bad luck" hit below...
from David Pollak of the Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
The post-game news on Dan Boyle was good, but not that good.
“From what I understand he’s doing OK,” Todd McLellan said of the report from Barnes-Jewish Hospital where Boyle was taken. “They’re going to keep him tonight just for some observation.”...
Logan Couture said Lapierre was actually yelling at his line as the Sharks skated by the Blues bench at the end of the first shift.
“After the first shift he’s yelling at us from their bench that he’s coming after us,” Couture said, “and then he does that. I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless.”
Now obviously the NHL is going to weigh in on that hit and the smart money says Sheriff Shanahan doles out more than six games, maybe lots and lots more. Does Shanahan factor in Couture’s allegation to show premeditation? Does Couture get deposed? Will be interesting.
If you did not see the hit or want to review it again, watch it here...
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